Tag: Opioids

How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

When opioids enter the brain, they bind to receptors known as μ (mu) opioid receptors on brain cells, or neurons. These receptors stimulate the “reward center” of the brain. Over time, those receptors become less sensitive, and more of the drug is needed to stimulate the reward center.

March 4, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Philadelphia moves towards ‘safe injection’ sites

Philadelphia moves towards ‘safe injection’ sites

Philadelphia is a step closer to opening what could be the nation’s first supervised site for safe drug injection. But turning the idea into reality won’t be easy.

January 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Supervised drug injection facilities are being proposed in a growing number of cities and states to stem overdose deaths and help people find treatment.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
In opioid epidemic, states intensify prescription drug monitoring

In opioid epidemic, states intensify prescription drug monitoring

At least 39 states are insisting that health professionals use the systems, known as prescription drug-monitoring programs, or PDMPs, to analyze each patient’s prescription drug use before writing another prescription for highly addictive drugs such as Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin.

January 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
States seek Medicaid dollars for addiction treatment beds

States seek Medicaid dollars for addiction treatment beds

By Christine Vestal Stateline BALTIMORE — Anthony Green says he woke up one morning in January and decided to quit drinking. “I said to myself, ‘If I want something better, I’ve got to do better.’ ” That’s what landed him at Gaudenzia, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center here in North Baltimore. Green, 38, […]

April 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Prescribing opioids to seniors: It’s a balancing act

Prescribing opioids to seniors: It’s a balancing act

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News The national conversation about the opioid epidemic has mostly focused on young people who buy drugs illegally on the street. But the scrutiny of opioids has also changed the way doctors are prescribing medications to the elderly, to ease their pain from arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses […]

January 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Snohomish to hold public forums on heroin and opioid epidemic

Snohomish to hold public forums on heroin and opioid epidemic

Series of Heroin Forums Kicking Off in September Events Focused on Empowering Community with Information Following increased attention on Snohomish County’s heroin and opioid issues, a series of community forums have been scheduled to provide information and encourage dialogue. Residents and businesses are invited to attend one of four forums scheduled throughout the county: Thursday, […]

August 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Montana’s ‘pain refugees’ leave state to get prescribed opioids

Montana’s ‘pain refugees’ leave state to get prescribed opioids

By Corin Cates-Carney, Montana Public Radio Kaiser Health News Federal authorities say about 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. In Montana, health care officials report that abuse there is worse than the national average. But the casualties of the opioid epidemic are not all drug abusers. On a recent night, three Montana residents, […]

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