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Newswise: Cannabis found not to be a substitute for opioids
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Cannabis found not to be a substitute for opioids

McMaster University

The research team looked at all research on the effects of cannabis use on illicit opioid use during methadone maintenance therapy, which is a common treatment for opioid use disorder, and found six studies involving more than 3,600 participants.

Channels: Addiction, All Journal News, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Marijuana, Pharmaceuticals, Substance Abuse,

15-Nov-2019 11:30 AM EST

Dermatologists Address Responsible Opioid Prescribing Practices in New Guidelines

American Academy of Dermatology

Recommendations suggest that opioids are not routinely needed for pain management after most dermatologic procedures, and minimizing their use helps improve patient care and safety

Channels: Addiction, All Journal News, Dermatology, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Pain, Patient Safety, Substance Abuse,

18-Nov-2019 10:05 AM EST
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Opioid prescription doses are increasingly being tapered, often more rapidly than recommended

UC Davis Health

Stigma and safety fears have made daily dose tapering of opioid prescriptions more common. New research from UC Davis Health physicians, however, shows tapering can occur at rates as much as six times higher than recommended, putting patients at risk of withdrawal, uncontrolled pain or mental health crises.

Channels: All Journal News, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Pharmaceuticals, JAMA,

18-Nov-2019 3:05 AM EST
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    14-Nov-2019 4:00 PM EST

Injection drug use: not the same across Canada

Universite de Montreal

A new study by researchers at the University of Montreal shows close to 172,000 Canadians injected drugs in 2016, up from 130,000 just five years earlier, but support varies.

Channels: Addiction, AIDS and HIV, All Journal News, Blood, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Patient Safety, Substance Abuse, Local - Canada,

14-Nov-2019 11:15 AM EST
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Is opioid treatment available to those who need it most?

Michigan State University

The U.S. opioid epidemic is still raging – it’s particularly pronounced in low-income areas and in those where people lack access to health care services, which includes cities in Michigan and across the Rust Belt. But the effectiveness of efforts to provide treatment and recovery options to those who need it most – that is, in locations with the greatest number of deaths from opioid overdose – has been unclear.

Channels: Addiction, All Journal News, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Poverty, Public Health, Substance Abuse, Local - Michigan,

14-Nov-2019 2:10 PM EST
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Pitt School of Dental Medicine Establishes Opioid-free Prescribing Guidelines

Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is the first in the nation to establish opioid-free pain management guidelines for the vast majority of procedures performed in all of its clinics.

Channels: Addiction, All Journal News, Children's Health, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Government/Law, Oral Health, Pain, Substance Abuse,

14-Nov-2019 1:10 PM EST
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Study Reveals Urban Hotspots of High-Schoolers' Opioid Abuse

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that in several cities and counties the proportion of high-schoolers who have ever used heroin or misused prescription opioids is much higher than the national average.

Channels: Addiction, All Journal News, Back to School, Children's Health, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Race and Ethnicity, Substance Abuse,

14-Nov-2019 11:50 AM EST

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