Pain Management

Patients At Highest Risk of Overdose at Beginning, After End of Methadone Treatment

February 21, 2020

Patients receiving methadone treatment are at most risk of overdosing during the first 4 weeks of treatment initiation and following the end of treatment.

Conquering Cancer Pain

February 14, 2020

Special consideration for pain management in patients with cancer. 

Massachusetts Hospital Uses Telehealth to Increase Access to Opioid Treatment

February 13, 2020

A UMass Memorial telehealth-based program connects patients with credentialed clinicians who can prescribe medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. 

Pharmacist Naloxone Dispensing Law Associated with Increased Access

February 05, 2020

An Ohio law allowing pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription was linked to a significant increase in naloxone dispensing rates, especially in low-employment areas.

Short-Term Cannabis Use May Help Patients With Chronic Pain Maintain Sleep

January 23, 2020

Patients with chronic pain using medical cannabis reported less nighttime awakenings initially, but tolerance may build with frequent use.

CDC: Benzodiazepine, Opioid Prescriptions from Physician Visits Remain High

January 23, 2020

A new CDC report found that benzodiazepines were prescribed at 27 annual physician visits per 100 adults from 2014 to 2016.

Preemptive Pain Management Reduces Opioid Use After Minimally Invasive Surgery

January 22, 2020

A preemptive pain management program involving OTC medications can help reduce the need for opioid prescriptions following certain surgeries.

Nektar Withdraws NDA for Opioid Therapy After FDA Committee Vote

January 16, 2020

The FDA Committees voted against recommending approval of Nektar Therapeutics' oxycodegol.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis in 2020

January 15, 2020

The opioid crisis continues to be one of the worst public health crises that the United States has ever seen.

Study: Nasal Spray Naloxone Easiest to Use for Untrained Individuals

January 13, 2020

A study evaluated the ability of untrained individuals to use different forms of naloxone administration.