Whether surgeons are delivering a baby or removing gallstones, anesthesiologists are finding new ways to reduce the risk of opioid dependence after elective surgery. Here’s how.
Not sure if you’ve become dependent on the opioids your doctor has prescribed? Follow these tips from a pain management expert and discover how to lower your risk.
If you need opioids to help you recover from surgery or severe trauma, how soon can you stop them to avoid becoming dependent on them? Pain management expert Richard W. Rosenquist, MD, provides The Short Answer.
Doctors are getting away from treating chronic pain with opioids. Our spine experts weigh in on new guidelines for low back pain that favor non-drug options, like physical therapy, acupuncture and yoga, over pills.
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Some babies are born addicted to heroin or other street drugs. But about one-third are born to middle-class women who have become addicted to prescription medications for chronic back pain, depression and other issues. Learn about neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and how it’s managed.
A recent study highlighting a dramatic shift in demographics in heroin addiction, shows that most users begin with prescription painkillers, then turn to heroin for a cheaper, more accessible high.
You may think opioid addiction could never happen to you. But given the right circumstances, it can happen to almost everyone. Learn how certain factors increase your risk and how to ask your doctor for alternative medications.
Abusing drugs or alcohol is an important health problem that needs an integrated, multi-focused medical approach and should not be treated as a moral failing or character flaw, says a new report released Thursday by the U.S. surgeon general’s office.
Opioids are potent painkillers. But they can interact badly with medications you may be using for anxiety, sleeplessness or muscle pain. Learn about safer alternatives.
Pain killers are often over-prescribed and abused. Learn more about the CDC’s suggestions to help doctors prescribe opioids in the right amounts and under the right circumstances.