painkiller abuse

Opana ER Maker to Stop Marketing Drug as Crush-Resistant Under NY Settlement

The maker of the long-acting painkiller Opana ER has agreed to stop marketing the drug as crush-resistant, under a settlement with New York State. The company also agreed to accurately describe the risk of addiction to the drug, Reuters reports. Under the agreement with New York State, Endo Health Solutions…

Study Urges Caution in Giving Some Patients Opioids Before Knee Surgery

A new study suggests that in some patients undergoing a total knee replacement, taking opioid painkillers before the operation may increase the risk of being on opioids much longer afterwards. The drugs may also increase the risk of complications after surgery,Medscape reports. Total knee replacement, or total knee arthroplasty, is…

Federal Effort to Curb Painkiller Prescribing Faces Opposition

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) face stiff opposition to its effort to reduce prescribing of opioid painkillers, the Associated Press reports. Critics of new prescribing guidelines include drug manufacturers, industry-funded groups and some public health officials. The guidelines, which were originally scheduled to be released this month,…

Teen Use of Prescription Painkillers, Cigarettes, Alcohol Declines

A new report finds the rate of prescription painkiller use among American teenagers is declining. The 2015 Monitoring the Future survey finds the rate of teen use of cigarettes, alcohol and synthetic marijuana is also decreasing, The New York Times reports. The percentage of high school seniors who said they…

More Than Half of Americans Say They Have Personal Connection to Painkiller Abuse

A new poll finds that 56 percent of Americans say they or someone they know has abused, been addicted to or died from prescription painkillers. Almost half say they personally know someone who has taken a prescription painkiller that was not prescribed to them. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found…