Rapidly Taking Patients off Opioids Might Not Be a Good Idea, Experts Say

Forcing patients off opioid painkillers could sometimes do more harm than good, international medical experts warn in an open letter published in Pain Medicine to health authorities. Full story . Read the letter .
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NCATS Announces HEAL Design Challenges to Inspire Innovative Opioid Crisis Solutions

  The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites innovators to submit novel design solutions for its ASPIRE (A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration) Design Challenges. The deadline to submit solutions is May 31.  Full story.
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AAPM President Expresses Disappointment in Senator Wyden’s Letter Discrediting the Work of the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) President Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, issued a response expressing deep disappointment in Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)'s December 18, 2018 letter to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, in an apparent effort to disc...
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U.S. FDA Panel Votes for Prescribing Naloxone with Opioids

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, with addictive painkilllers. Full story .

Study of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Efforts to Reverse Opioid Epidemic

The American Medical Association (AMA), Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) and Manatt Health released the first in a series of studies of state responses to the opioid epidemic. Full story .

Alliance Against Opioid Abuse Releases Toolkit for Pharmacists

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Pain Abstracts

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief. Read the abstract . Identifying the Pathways Required for Coping Behaviours Associated with Sustained Pain. Read the abstract . Inflammatory Back Pain Criteria Perform Well in Subset of Patients with Active Axial Psoriatic Arthritis but Not among Patients wit...
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Study Shows Massage Helps Ease Arthritis Pain, Improve Mobility

Patients with arthritis in their knees experienced significant improvement in pain and mobility after undergoing a weekly, whole-body massage for two months, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health. Full story .

US: Fears of Prescribing Hurt Chronic Pain Patients

Federal and state government efforts to reduce prescription opioids are inadvertently harming chronic pain patients in the United States, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. Full Story .

Treating America's Pain: Unintended Victims of the Opioid Crackdown

A three-part Fox News Series examines the nation's struggle to address a crippling opioid crisis, and the unintended victims left in its wake: Part 1: The Suicides Part 2: The Doctors Part 3: The Solutions