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ASA: Endocarditis, Related Strokes Up During Opioid Epidemic

Authors say known IV drug users who have infective endocarditis should be screened carefully for symptoms of cardiovascular disease

Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma Files Bankruptcy Plan

Plan remakes company into a new corporation with revenue targeted exclusively at reducing the nation's opioid crisis

Opioid Discharge Prescription Guideline Satisfies Most Patients

93 percent of 229 patients undergoing surgery satisfied with guideline, which was based on their usage the day before discharge

Prescription Opioid Misuse Tied to Increased Suicide Behaviors in Youth

Students who report current POM more likely to report considering attempting suicide, making a suicide plan, attempting suicide

Estimated Opioid-Related Costs $14 Billion for Symptomatic Knee OA

Almost half of costs were for lost productivity, criminal justice expenses, cost associated with diversion activities

Text Message System Useful for Monitoring Postoperative Opioid Use

System deployed in 2,444 patients during 16-month period showed that 61 percent of opioid tablets remained unused

One in 10 Continue Opioid Use Two Years After ICU Admission

Opioid use peaks in the first quarter after admission and declines continuously, but does not reach preadmission baseline over 24 months

Opioid Use in Early Pregnancy Not Tied to Most Birth Defects

Second study shows no association for use of macrolides during pregnancy with increase in major birth defects

Chronic Pain Patients Taking Opioids Have Hard Time Finding Care

Patients with history suggestive of aberrant opioid use have even harder time getting an appointment

Model Predicts Persistent Opioid Use After Total Knee Replacement

Reduced model with 10 predictors identifies persistent high-dose opioid use with high discrimination