: ' Opioid'

Living with Pain: The Fed Crackdown on Medical Marijuana

I have been smoking medical marijuana for the past four months. Like hundreds of thousands of others, I turned to medical marijuana for relief from chronic pain. For me the decision was easy, as I had [...]

Researcher Says Marijuana is Safer Alternative to Painkillers

Marijuana is an effective treatment for chronic pain and is a safer alternative than opioid analgesics, according to a Canadian researcher at the Centre for Addictions Research  at the University of Victoria. Phillippe Lucas,MA, reviewed numerous [...]

Living with Pain: PROP’s Misleading Petition

Last week the Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, along with a group of doctors and public health officials, sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration requesting changes in labeling for opioid analgesics. For over [...]

Doctors Petition FDA to Limit Painkillers

Saying it was time to “close the loophole” on narcotic painkillers, a coalition of doctors and public health officials is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to change the prescription guidelines for opioid medicines.  The move [...]

Nektar Begins Phase II Study of New Opioid

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) has enrolled the first patient in a Phase II clinical study of a new opioid analgesic that is designed to enter the brain slowly, reducing the potential for the drug to be [...]

Are Painkiller Sales Falling?

Sales of OxyContin and other popular painkillers in the U.S. have declined in the past year, according to pharmaceutical sales data released by a clinical drug website. But it’s not clear if the drop in sales [...]

Opioid Use by Injured California Workers Declining

The use of powerful opioid painkillers such as oxycodone by injured California workers has dropped to its lowest level since 2007, according to a new study. Researchers say the data suggests that insurers may be making [...]

Should Children Take Opioid Painkillers?

Two new studies are drawing attention to a sensitive topic in the pain community: Should children be given powerful and potentially addictive opioid analgesics to relieve their pain? According to research published in Pain Management Nursing, [...]

Dramatic Increase in Chronic Abuse of Painkillers

The abuse of prescription painkillers has increased dramatically over the last decade, particularly among men, according to a new report by a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control. Between 2002 and 2010, there was nearly [...]

Genes Play a Role in Opioid Side Effects

Genes play a significant role in determining which patients will suffer from respiratory depression, nausea, itchiness and other side effects from painkilling opiates, according to a Stanford University School of Medicine study. Researchers also found that [...]