Most Seniors Uninformed on Opioid Use

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new survey suggests health care professionals are giving short shrift to their older patients when it comes to explaining the risks of opioid painkillers. Researchers found that most older Americans who are prescribed opioids aren’t advised about the dangers of the drugs, how to use fewer of…

Where Are Opioid Painkillers Prescribed the Most?

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A close look at U.S. congressional districts has yielded new information about the opioid crisis: The highest rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers are in the Southeast, Appalachia and the rural West. Focusing on prescribing rates for opioids like Oxycontin in congressional districts could help improve efforts to…

Opioids Given Too Easily to Children: Study

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don’t really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows. More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee’s Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and 2014, even though they did…