News About Analgesia

Certain Disorders May Increase Risk of Prolonged Opioid Use

April 12, 2017 | Outpatient Surgery Magazine

New, persistent opioid use after surgery may be associated less with surgical pain than with other addressable, patient-level predictors, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. "New, persistent opioid use represents a common but previously underappreciated surgical complication that warrants increased awareness," the authors write.

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Star athlete → injury → opioids → addiction → death

March 28, 2017

In 2015, more than two-thirds of fatal drug overdoses came from some form of opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As experts and families search for answers, there is growing evidence of an association between high school or college sports injuries and the prescription drugs that lead to addiction.

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Deadly U.S. Heroin Overdoses Quadrupled in 5 Years

February 24, 2017 | Scientific American and Reuters

The number of deadly heroin overdoses in the United States more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015, a federal agency said on Friday, as the price of the drug dropped and its potency increased. There were 12,989 overdose deaths involving heroin in 2015, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, compared with 3,036 such fatalities five years earlier. "You are 40 times more likely to use heroin if you started with opioid painkillers," said Rich Hamburg, executive vice president of the non-profit group, Trust for America's Health.

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