Many Opioid Overdoses May Be Suicides

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As the United States grapples with an ongoing opioid epidemic, experts are calling attention to a hidden aspect of the crisis: Many overdose deaths may, in fact, be suicides. The researchers describe suicide as a “silent contributor” to the nation’s opioid overdose death rate. It’s hard to know…

Safety Info for Opioids Found Lacking

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Information about safe storage and disposal of opioid painkillers on the drugs’ package inserts is inconsistent, and even missing from some products, researchers report. Incorrect storage or disposal of unused opioid painkillers is common and a major source of illegal opioid medication use, the new study found. The…

Doctors Curbing First-Time Prescriptions for Opioids

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Although the opioid epidemic continues to rage in America, promising new data show that first-time opioid painkiller prescription rates have slowed in recent years. The researchers also discovered that people taking medications called benzodiazepines — used to treat anxiety, panic attacks and mental conditions associated with chronic pain…