In the Journals

Annual kratom-related exposures increase 52-fold

February 21, 2019
The annual number of calls related to kratom that were made to poison control centers in the U.S. increased from 13 calls in 2011 to 682 calls in…
In the Journals

FDA made ‘few’ changes to certain REMS, despite possible abuses

February 19, 2019
There were “few substantive changes” made to an FDA Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy to acknowledge the evidence of high rates of…
In the Journals

Opioids after hospitalization reduce planned health care utilization in ACS, HF

February 18, 2019
Patients with ACS and acute decompensated HF who were discharged with an opioid medication were less likely to utilize planned health care, according…
In the Journals

CMS criteria do not accurately identify patients at risk for opioid use disorder, overdose

February 15, 2019
The CMS opioid overutilization criteria may not accurately identify patients at risk for opioid use disorder or overdose, according to a research…
In the Journals

More opioid prescriptions, overdoses among whites than other ethnicities

February 11, 2019
Whites were more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids and were more likely to die of an overdose, according to two new studies published in…
In the Journals

Infective endocarditis from injected drugs increases risk for clinical outcomes

February 11, 2019
Patients with infective endocarditis related to injection drug use had an increased readmission risk for endocarditis, drug abuse and septicemia…
Meeting News

Spike in infective endocarditis-related stroke coincides with opioid abuse rise

February 6, 2019
A sharp increase in U.S. hospitalization rates for stroke from opioid-related infective endocarditis since 2008 has coincided with the rise of the…
In the JournalsPerspective

Prodrug opioids less effective for pain control in patients on SSRIs

February 6, 2019
Using a machine learning approach, researchers found that patients on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors who were prescribed prodrug opioids had…
In the Journals

Using Imodium for opioid-related withdrawal linked to heart complications

February 4, 2019
Researchers from Rutgers University found that most patients who overdosed on Imodium did so because they were misusing it or abusing it as an opioid…
In the Journals

Rule predicts which patients can be safely discharged after opioid overdose

February 4, 2019
Patients treated with naloxone in the ED can be safely released following positive findings of six evaluation criteria, according to findings…