A new study finds that providing surgeons with guidelines on prescribing painkillers for specific types of surgeries resulted in a 53 percent drop in opioid prescribing, The Washington Post reports. The post Patients Need Fewer Pain Pills After Surgery, Study Finds appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A new poll finds 57 percent of adults say they have been prescribed an opioid painkiller at some point, compared with 54 percent in 2014 and 50 percent in 2011. The post Poll Finds Percentage of Adults Prescribed Opioid Painkillers on the Rise appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Legal experts say a memo Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent to federal prosecutors this week suggests he plans to make changes to Obama Administration policies that sought less serious charges in some drug cases. The post Legal Experts Say Sessions Planning to Make Changes on Prosecuting Drug Crimes appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Addiction treatment is most successful when it lasts more than 30 days, according to researchers at the University of Southern California. They found after one year, the treatment success rate was 55 percent for those who underwent a...Show More Summary
There are early signs that cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in almost a decade, according to a new State Department report on the global narcotics trade. The increase may be due to an...Show More Summary
A growing body of research points to the relationship between alcohol and suicide. Taking steps to reduce the availability of alcohol may help to reduce the number of suicides, says Raul Caetano, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist...Show More Summary
A new government report finds 25 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2015 involved heroin, triple the percentage in 2010. The post Percentage of Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Heroin Tripled in Five Years appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Some health experts are warning that repealing the Affordable Care Act could slash treatment for addiction and mental health, the Associated Press reports. The post Repealing Affordable Care Act Could Slash Coverage for Addiction Treatment: Experts appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Aetna is the latest health insurer to announce it will no longer require preauthorization for opioid addiction treatment, Kaiser Health News reports. The change takes effect this month and applies to commercial plans. The post Aetna is Latest Insurer to Drop Preauthorization for Opioid Addiction Treatment appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
States with stricter laws designed to discourage drinking have fewer motor vehicle deaths among children and teens, according to a new study. The post Stricter Drinking Laws Lead to Fewer Alcohol-Related Car Deaths Among Young People appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for doctors and parents to talk to teens about the risks of using marijuana, CNN reports. The post Pediatrics Group Issues New Guidelines for Talking to Teens About Marijuana appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
In 2015, more than 12 million Americans reported misusing a prescription opioid in the past year. All of us – health care professionals, parents, educators, community leaders, law enforcement and policy makers – have a role to play in reversing the nation’s opioid epidemic and saving lives. Show More Summary
A hospital in New Haven, Connecticut treated 12 people who overdosed last June when they used fentanyl that had been sold as cocaine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three of the people died. The post CDC: Fentanyl Sold as Cocaine Led to 12 Overdoses in 8 Hours appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
The price of Evzio, a device that delivers the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, has soared from $690 in 2014 to $4,500 today for a twin-pack, Scientific American reports. The post Price of Naloxone Device Soars as Demand Increases appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A growing number of Californians in their 20s are ending up in the emergency room because of heroin, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. The post California Reports More Young Adults Ending Up in ER Because of Heroin appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A new method for using e-cigarettes called “dripping” is becoming popular among teens. A report published in Pediatrics finds one-quarter of U.S. teens who use e-cigarettes have experimented with dripping. The post New Method for E-Cigarette Use Called “Dripping” Becoming Popular Among Teens appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A recent federal survey finds almost 4 percent of pregnant women said they had used marijuana in the past month in 2014, up from 2.4 percent in 2002. The post Survey Finds Increase in Number of Pregnant Women Using Marijuana appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Many doctors, even those who specialize in addiction treatment, do not have a good understanding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its benefits for people struggling to give up drinking, says Marc Galanter, M.D., Founding Director ofShow More Summary
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would roll back any progress made against combating the nation’s opioid crisis, according to Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama. The post Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Hurt Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis: Botticelli appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Two major drug wholesalers recently agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle claims they failed to report suspicious orders for opioid painkillers to the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to NPR. The post Two Major Drug Wholesalers Agree to Pay Millions to Settle Opioid-Related Claims appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.