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overprescribing of opioids

Are dentists contributing to the overprescribing of opioids?

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A new cross-sectional analysis explores the impact US dentists may be having on the overprescribing of opioids. The US opioid crisis has been well documented...
can cannabis replace opioids

Can cannabis replace opioids for people with opioid use disorder?

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Researchers performed a systematic review of available studies to investigate whether cannabis can be used to replace opioids in patients receiving methadone maintenance therapy. Cannabis...
prescription opioids

Do prescription opioids increase the risk of pneumonia in HIV patients? 

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A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine accessed data from over 25000 patients to analyze the risk of community-acquired pneumonia in both non-HIV and...
prescription opioids

Do we really need prescription opioids after surgery?

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To help address the opioid crisis, surgeons in Canada decreased prescription opioids following surgery and monitored patients’ resulting levels of comfort. The opioid crisis is...
ketamine for pain

Can ketamine for pain replace opioids in emergency care?

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Opioids are a mainstay in the management of acute pain, but due to their side effects, physicians are under increased pressure to be more...
chronic back pain

Opioids show no benefit for chronic back pain, study finds

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A recent study in the US evaluated whether opioid medications could improve the effectiveness of chronic back pain treatment. Back pain is a complex, serious,...
opioids and pregnancy

Opioids and Pregnancy: What are the Risks?

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The rise in opioid prescriptions, particularly in pregnant women, needs to be balanced with a knowledge of risk factors. A study reviews the risks of...
Polyneuropathy

The Overuse of Opioids in Polyneuropathy

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Polyneuropathy is a painful condition, severe enough that, it often leads physicians to make the decision to initiate opioid therapy for pain relief. Gaining...

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