opioid use

New measures to treat mental illness and opioid use

Opioid use among psychiatric hospital patients needs to be addressed through an integrated approach to managing mental illness, pain and substance use, a study by researchers at the University of Waterloo has found. The study found that 7.5 per cent of 165,434 patients admitted to psychiatric hospitals in Ontario between…

Many Heroin Users Unprepared for Fentanyl OD

Though they know that nearly all heroin is laced with the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, many Baltimore users aren’t prepared to prevent or treat fentanyl-related overdoses, a new study finds. Baltimore has a thriving heroin trade and 1,000 opioid overdose deaths a year. The study, by researchers at Johns Hopkins…

Before Teen Is Prescribed Opioids, Look at Family’s Drug Use

Teens and young adults haven’t been spared from the opioid addiction crisis sweeping through America. And new research shows that when a teen is prescribed an opioid painkiller after minor surgery, his or her odds for long-term abuse nearly doubles if someone living at home already has an opioid use…