New FDA mandate: Study how well opioids treat pain

The Food and Drug Administration will require drug companies to study whether prescription opioids already … Read more

In Illinois, medical marijuana can now replace opioids

An old photo popped up on Tashena Altman’s Facebook profile recently, showing her a memory … Read more

Oregon task force backs controversial opioid plan

Proposal would expand access to alternatives but limit opioids for chronic pain

An Oregon proposal to expand alternative treatments for certain chronic pain conditions while limiting the … Read more

Lawmakers consider changing rule that protects addiction treatment records

A decades-old provision designed to protect the privacy of patients with drug and alcohol addictions … Read more

FDA seeks to tailor length of opioid prescriptions to patient conditions

FDA commissioner explains plan at roundtable discussion in Bend

The Food and Drug Administration is developing new opioid prescribing guidelines that would tailor the … Read more

Oregon Health Plan considers stricter opioid limits

Proposal would limit pain relievers, offer alternatives for chronic pain patients

Oregon could have some of the country’s strictest limits on opioids for chronic pain patients … Read more

Babies born to opioid-addicted moms suffer

Mom’s care may still be the best treatment

CARRBORO, N.C. — The halls at UNC Horizons day care are quiet at 5 p.m. … Read more

Doctor’s orders: few opioids, lots of addiction medications

WASHINGTON — The number of new monthly prescriptions for medications that treat opioid addiction nearly … Read more

Opioids may be tied to risk of fatal infections

Animal studies have shown that opioids suppress the immune system, but their clinical effect in … Read more

Opioid limits hit hospice, cancer patients

New rules still affect carve-outs for end-of-life or cancer pain

New strategies to rein in the overprescribing and misuse of opioid pain medications have almost … Read more

Programs seek to help pregnant women with addictions

As the Deschutes County jail transport van crested the Cascades and descended toward Redmond, Michelle … Read more

Proven treatment for opioid addiction underused

Stigma creates barriers to broader use of medications

Jaymes was out of second chances. He had peed dirty twice and his parole officer … Read more

Opioid roundtable urges Walden to preserve ACA

Health and law enforcement officials

Overturning the Affordable Care Act could undermine the progress Central Oregon has made in addressing … Read more

Fighting heroin with heroin

Doctors use prescription heroin to treat those with severe opioid addictions

With no signs of the opioid overdose epidemic abating, public health officials may need to … Read more

Cities consider safe injection sites to battle overdose deaths

Opioid epidemic leads some to look at providing a safe space for drug use

Public health interventions aimed at injection drug users since the 1980s have had two primary … Read more

Overdose epidemic builds new empathy for people with addiction

Reducing the harms of drug use

America’s approach to battling illegal drug use has focused for decades on making the consequences … Read more

Opioid crisis: Pain patients pushed to the brink

Overdose prevention efforts have had unintended — and dire — consequences

The nation’s struggle to corral the runaway opioid overdose epidemic with new restrictions on pain … Read more

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