Medications

Finding non-opioid alternatives for cancer pain

Westey Watson spent 18 years finishing concrete, then another 19 as a contractor—all the while beating up his body to the point of endless pain. To cope, he got in the habit of taking hydrocodone, or Norco, at 10 a.m. and ...

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CBD: The next weapon in the war against opioid addiction?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is everywhere, with word on the street saying that it can cure everything from a bad mood to cancer. However, most of these claims are not based on scientific evidence. Animal studies suggest that CBD ...

Medications

Experimental drug shows promise for opioid withdrawal symptoms

While medicines are available to relieve withdrawal symptoms in people recovering from opioid addiction, they cause side effects and can maintain the brain changes that led to addiction in the first place, which can lead ...

Medications

Kratom use in pregnancy spurs withdrawal symptoms in newborns

(HealthDay)—Although the herbal supplement kratom is still legal and widely available, its opioid-like effects have caused significant withdrawal symptoms in at least two newborns in the United States and that should raise ...

Medications

Opioid epidemic – the global spread explained

The US has been in the grips of an "opioid epidemic" since the 1990s, with massive rises in the use – and misuse – of opioids such as morphine and codeine. There has also been a parallel rise in the number of opioid-related ...

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