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Pediatricians Have Important Role in Talking About Substance Use, Experts Say

"You can't just assume that somebody's going to get care elsewhere," one pediatrician noted

May 17, 2024
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U.S. Overdose Deaths Dropped in 2023, but Experts Say It's Too Soon to Celebrate

About 107,500 people died of overdoses last year

May 15, 2024
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Opinion
I Didn't Truly Understand Opioid Addiction Until It Killed My Son

Despite being a doctor, I learned too late that substance use disorder is a treatable disease

May 07, 2024
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Opinion
No, a Jail Is Not an Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Facility

How local jails ignore medical guidelines and contribute to the overdose crisis

Apr 09, 2024
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Genetic Test for Opioid Addiction Risk Should Be Withdrawn, Experts Tell FDA

Methodology behind AvertD DNA test questioned

Apr 04, 2024
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'Rock Doc' Gets 20 Years for Illegally Prescribing Opioids

Tennessee nurse practitioner promoted his practice with the motto "work hard, play harder"

Mar 20, 2024
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Sickle Cell Pain Hospitalizations Rose After CDC's Opioid Recs

Agency's 2016 guidance may have contributed to reduced access to opioids, and more pain

Mar 11, 2024
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Biden Defends Reproductive Rights, Touts Drug-Pricing Law in State of the Union

President says attacks on IVF, like January 6, are "another assault on American freedom"

Mar 08, 2024
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Three-Drug Combo Wins for Opioid-Sparing Pain Relief After Hip Replacement

Less morphine needed with multiple analgesics

Mar 07, 2024
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Seniors, Doctors at Odds on Opioid Risks and 'Deprescribing'

Conversations between primary care physicians and older patients often "challenging"

Mar 06, 2024
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CAR-T for Autoimmune Disease; Methods of Illegal Opioid Overdose

Also in TTHealthWatch: effectiveness of telemedicine abortion

Feb 24, 2024
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For Kids With Sickle Cell Disease Prescribed Opioids, No Patterns of Misuse Emerged

Number of vaso-occlusive crises tied to days' supply

Feb 19, 2024
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HHS Expands Access to Methadone, Buprenorphine

Updates to 20-year-old rules allow take-home methadone, treatment initiation via telehealth

Feb 02, 2024
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Drug-Related Endocarditis: A First Stab at Recommendations for Surgeons

STS consensus statement on ethics, surgical criteria, transcatheter debulking

Jan 30, 2024
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