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Can Cannabis Use Reduce Opioid Use?
February 9, 2018   

Given the ongoing prescription opioid use disorder epidemic as well as the increasing legalization and availability of marijuana, the authors sought to determine whether marijuana use reduced the non-medical use of prescribed opioids...
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Increased Risk of Opioid-Related Death in Patients Taking Concomitant Gabapentin
October 16, 2017   

A new study examined the increased risk for opioid-related death in patients taking concomitant prescription opioids and gabapentin...
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Highlights from the 2017 APA Annual Meeting
June 8, 2017   

The 2017 APA annual meeting, held in NEI's hometown of San Diego, was themed "Prevention Through Partnership" and included more than 400 sessions. Here, we provide highlights of the meeting, including NEI's podcast interviews with expert presenters, key research from the poster sessions, and NEI's debut live concert--the NEI PsychopharmaJam.
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Report on Health Effects of Cannabis Released by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
February 3, 2017   

With the recent legalization of both medical and recreational use in numerous states across the nation (and an estimated 22 million cannabis users in the United States), there is growing interest regarding the potential benefits and risks associated with marijuana use. It is therefore apropos that the Committee on the Health Effects of Marijuana (as part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) has published a report that reviews the state of existing evidence on both the positive and negative effects of marijuana as well as recommendations for future research...
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Increase in Opioid-Related Deaths Not Driven By Prescription Painkillers
January 12, 2017   

Opioid abuse remains an epidemic in the United States, with over 50,000 deaths associated with drug overdose, and 63% of those attributed to opioids...
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Oral Ketamine Relieves Depression in Patients with Chronic Pain
November 17, 2016   

In a six-week randomized, double-blind study, 150 mg of oral ketamine was compared to 150 mg of diclofenac, administered daily to patients with chronic pain...
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FDA Alert: Medication and Medical Device Approvals
September 12, 2016   

The US FDA has approved the marketing of computerized cognitive tests to assess for possible concussions, granted tentative approval for Trokendi XR for migraine prevention, and approved abuse-deterrent Troxyca ER for severe pain management.
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FDA Alert: Boxed Warning for Combined Use of Opioids and Benzodiazepines
September 2, 2016   

The US FDA is added a boxed warning to the labels of opioid pain and opioid cough medications and benzodiazepines regarding the increased risk of central nervous system (CNS) depressant effects when these medications are used together...
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Study Suggests Increased Risk of Major Birth Defects With Pregabalin
June 17, 2016   

There is often great concern over the use of psychotropic agents in women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant and knowledge of any particular agent's reproductive toxicity are largely based on animal studies. In this prospective study of 820 pregnancies (164 pregabalin-exposed and 656 epileptic-free controls), Winterfeld et al. found an increased risk...
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FDA Alerts: Pimavanserin, Diabetes Medications, and Opioids
April 18, 2016   

The US FDA warned of heart risk failure with diabetes medications and required enhanced warnings and labeling changes for opioid medications, while an FDA Advisory Committee voted on the risks vs. benefits of pimavanserin.
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