: ' opioids'

Long Acting Pain Meds Lower Man’s Sex Drive

By Pat Anson, Editor Men who take long acting opioids for chronic pain are five times more likely to have low testosterone levels, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in The Clinical Journal of [...]

Overdose Death Rate Soars in NYC

By Pat Anson, Editor In one of the first studies of its kind in an urban area, researchers have found that the overdose death rate from prescription painkillers is seven times higher in New York City [...]

Living with Pain: New York City’s Crackdown on Painkillers

By Mark Maginn, Columnist Recently New York City announced troubling new measures to fight the city’s growing opioid addiction and associated violence. There is no doubt that opioid addiction rates have climbed in the last few [...]

Overdoses Leading Cause of Death for Homeless

By Pat Anson, Editor Drugs overdoses have surpassed HIV and homicide as the leading cause of death among homeless adults in Boston, with opioid painkillers accounting for 8 out of every 10 overdoses, according to a [...]

FDA Issues Tamper Resistant Guidelines

By Richard Lenti Calling the abuse of prescription pain medications  “a major health challenge for our nation,” the Food and Drug Administration has issued a draft guidance document designed to help drug companies develop opioid drugs [...]

A New Approach Needed For Back Pain

By Dr. Howard Schubiner, Guest Columnist The scandal of cortisone injection material tainted with fungi has created a large burden of illness and death among a small proportion of individuals who received epidural injections for back [...]

Analyst: Zohydro Could Still Win FDA Approval

Zohydro, a new opioid painkiller developed by San Diego-based Zogenix (NASDAQ: ZGNX), could still be approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic pain, even though an advisory panel voted against it, according to [...]

U.S. Fears Flood of Generic Canadian Oxycodone

U.S. drug officials are preparing for a flood of generic Canadian oxycodone to make its way across the border after the Canadian government recently approved six generic versions of the widely abused painkiller OxyContin. Health Canada [...]

Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs on the Rise

The abuse of prescription drugs by teens is rising and parents may be partially responsible. Easy access to drugs in the family medicine cabinet is driving the trend, according to a study published in the Journal [...]

Doctors Say Abuse of Painkillers Likely to Grow Worse

An epidemic of prescription drug abuse and overdoses is likely to grow worse until there are fundamental changes in the way physicians treat pain, according to a Viewpoint article published in the Journal of the American [...]