Medications

Why opting out of opioids can be dangerous in the operating room

Currently, patients in seven states can tell their physicians they don't want to be treated with opioids in any health care setting, even during surgery. While unnecessary opioid exposure is a big reason behind the opioid ...

Addiction

Examining the opioid epidemic through the lens of crime data

The opioid overdose epidemic in the United States remains a critically important public health issue that continues to worsen as time goes on. The estimated death toll in 2021 has reached the historical high of 100,000 overdose ...

Addiction

Wearable device can detect and reverse opioid overdose

A research team at the University of Washington has developed a wearable device to detect and reverse an opioid overdose. The device, worn on the stomach like an insulin pump, senses when a person stops breathing and moving, ...

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