Latest Opioids Stories

2012-05-09 23:01:05

On April 19th, 2012 the US FDA issued a safety alert to warn patients, caregivers and health care professionals about the dangers of accidental exposure to and improper storage and disposal of the Fentanyl patch because young children have died or become seriously ill from accidental exposure to the patch. Fentanyl is the generic name for an extremely potent synthetic narcotic drug often used for cancer patients. On January 3rd, 2012, a California man, Jose Campuzano filed a lawsuit (case no...

2012-05-09 09:22:09

During the six years following the withdrawal of the analgesic co-proxamol in the UK in 2005, there was a major reduction in poisoning deaths involving this drug, without apparent significant increase in deaths involving other analgesics. These are the findings of a study by Keith Hawton of the University of Oxford, UK and colleagues and published in this week's PLoS Medicine. Co-proxamol, a prescription analgesic (or pain killer) containing paracetamol and the opioid dextropropoxyphene,...

Teens More Likely To Misuse Pain Medications
2012-05-08 13:21:28

As teenagers continue to experiment with different ways to get drunk or high, their methods can become increasingly more dangerous, posing significant future health threats. Now, a recent survey of American teens suggests those around 16 years old are more likely to abuse prescription pain relievers to get high. These findings have been published online in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Clinicians, doctors, physicians and public health officials have noted the...

Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.