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Opioid Overdose Deaths Triple Among Teens, Kids

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the past two decades, opioid overdose death rates among U.S. kids and teens have tripled, a new study shows. Young children have either died from accidental ingestion of narcotics or from intentional…

U.S. Opioid Addiction Crisis Is Top Health Story of 2018

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The scourge of opioid addiction and related deaths cut through American society again in 2018, capturing headlines and making it the year's top health story. Rates of opioid-linked fatal overdoses…

Opioid OD Deaths Soaring Among Native Americans

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As the epidemic of opioid addiction rips through the United States, one group is being hit especially hard: Native Americans. During the years 2013-2015, the rate of fatal opioid overdoses was nearly…

Opioids May Help Chronic Pain, But Not Much

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially addictive opioid painkillers are often prescribed for chronic pain, but they actually work only slightly better than placebo pills, a new review shows. The analysis, of 96 clinical trials,…

Anti-Opioid Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice

THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A vaccine that might help combat the opioid epidemic has performed well in early animal testing, researchers report. The vaccine contains antibodies that are effective against several synthetic…

Fentanyl Now the No. 1 Opioid OD Killer

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As the U.S. opioid epidemic grinds on, fentanyl is fast becoming the main culprit in drug overdose deaths, health officials report. Cocaine and heroin remain the street drugs of choice, but more…

Opioids Exact Another Toll on Newborns: Smaller Heads

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born addicted to opioids may be more likely to have smaller heads that might hinder their development, new research suggests. "Babies chronically exposed to opiates [during pregnancy] had…

Opioids Plus Other Drugs a Deadly Mix for Heavy Users

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One in four long-term users of opioid painkillers may be at risk for overdose because of overlapping prescriptions for other drugs, researchers report. The findings stem from an analysis of all…

Even Wisdom Tooth Removal May Spur Opioid Addiction

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who are prescribed opioid painkillers after having their wisdom teeth removed are at increased risk for addiction, new research suggests. For the study, researchers looked…

Opioids Increasingly Tied to Deaths of Pregnant Women

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As the U.S. opioid epidemic rages unchecked, new research shows that pregnancy-related deaths due to opioid misuse more than doubled between 2007 and 2016. Deaths during or soon after pregnancy…

Many Drugstores Won't Dispense Opioid Antidote as Required

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who overdose on opioids have one lifeline, the drug naloxone, but two new studies find that many pharmacies won't offer this lifesaving antidote without a doctor's blessing. Though many…

U.S. OD Death Rate Worst Among Wealthier Nations

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With the rate of drug overdose deaths more than doubling since the turn of the century, the United States now leads the world in these preventable tragedies. New research from investigators at the…