Medications

New model found effective in predicting risk of opioid overdose

Current approaches to identifying people who are at high risk for overdosing on opioids target many who are not truly at high risk. A new study sought to develop and validate a way to predict the risk of opioid overdose among ...

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Fentanyl-linked deaths: The opioid epidemic's third wave

Men are dying after opioid overdoses at nearly three times the rate of women in the United States. Overdose deaths are increasing faster among black and Latino Americans than among whites. And there's an especially steep ...

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Is there a safer choice than opioids after a C-section?

(HealthDay)—Expectant moms often try to plan as many aspects of their upcoming delivery as they can. But one thing they might not consider is what type of pain relief they will choose if they need to have a C-section.

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Overdose deaths from fentanyl soaring: report

(HealthDay)—The number of Americans dying from overdoses of the powerful narcotic fentanyl rose 12-fold in recent years, health officials reported Thursday.

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Study links cardiac arrests to opioid overdoses

An increasing proportion of all cardiac arrests occurring outside of the hospital are related to drug overdoses, according to a new study conducted by two University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix students.

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Dual receipt of opioids tied to increased risk for OD death

(HealthDay)—For veterans enrolled in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare Part D, receipt of opioids from both VA and Part D is associated with an increased likelihood of death from prescription opioid ...

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Opioid crisis brings concerns about heart dangers

Dan Willard doesn't remember a thing from those fateful 48 hours. Not what happened to the 32 pills of prescribed painkiller—nor how his daughter dragged his body from the chair to the floor so she could follow the emergency ...

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