Tag: opioid

Opioid dependence in patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis more likely to occur...

“Decompression and fusion for degenerative spondylolisthesis is associated with reduced risk of opioid dependency”, says Mayur Sharma (Department of Neurosurgery, University of Louisville, Louisville,...

Sustained use of opioids before spine surgery increases risk of continued...

Patients who take prescription opioids for a longer period before spinal surgery are more likely to continue opioid use several months after surgery, reports a...

Chronic opioids linked to increased complications after spinal fusion surgery

Patients who have been taking opioids as pain relievers for several months before spinal fusion surgery are at increased risk of complications after their...

Few patients maximise opioid-sparing medications after orthopaedic surgery

A new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers adds to growing evidence that patients underuse non-opioid pain relievers to supplement opioid pain management after...

Methadone may reduce need for opioids after fusion surgery

Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain,...

Tackling opioid addiction in America

Substance misuse is “one of the most pressing public health crises of our time” according to US Surgeon General Vivek H Murthy, in his...

Spinal cord stimulation reduces or stabilises opioid use among chronic pain...

New research has found spinal cord stimulation therapy can reduce or stabilise the use of opioids in patients battling chronic pain. Researchers examined opioid...

US Veterans Affairs Opioid Safety Initiative shown to reduce opioid prescriptions

Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a USA-wide initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug...

NASS signs letter calling for urgent political action on US opioid...

A large group of societies—including the North American Spine Society—have signed a letter urging for the US Capitol to take action to tackle the...

Opioid misuse epidemic extends beyond the USA

There is a high rate of prescription pain reliever abuse in Europe, largely accounted by opioids, according to the first comparative study of prescription...

AMA president issues opioid epidemic guidance US physicians

The president of the American Medical Association—Steven J Stack—has issued an open letter to US physicians about the country’s opioid epidemic. Entitled, “Confronting a crisis:...