Dr. Sean Mackey oversees Stanford University’s pain management program. Photo by Elizabeth D. Herman for STAT News PALO ALTO, Calif. — For Thomas P. Yacoe, the word is “terrifying.” Leah Hemberry describes it as “constant fear.” For Michael Tausig Jr., the terror is “beyond description.” All three are patients struggling with chronic pain, but what they are … [Read more...]
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BOSTON – Michael Phillips got hooked on prescription painkillers after he broke his ankle playing basketball. Eventually he turned to cheap heroin to feed his addiction. He’s been clean more than three years and has found his calling helping other addicts. Phillips is one of eight “recovery coaches” at Massachusetts General Hospital. The team guides recovering addicts as … [Read more...]
Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country are cutting back on the use of Opioids as part of an effort to protect veterans from overdoses and other complications, but some veterans fear the change could cause them more pain. Despite veterans’ concerns, Mountain Home VA officials are convinced patients will receive safer, more effective pain management as a result of the … [Read more...]
Kim Janda and colleagues at The Scripps Research Institute say they’ve developed two prescription opioid vaccines that can reduce overdose deaths by those addicted to the painkillers. The team is preparing to form a company to commercialize the vaccines, one for hydrocodone and one for oxycodone, and place them into human trials, Janda said Tuesday. In mouse tests, … [Read more...]
Open the medicine cabinets in the nurses office at Hazleton Area High School and you'll find the prescriptions of students kept in a safe, controlled area to keep the students here healthy and safe. But soon it will soon be stocked with another life saving medication for the first time - Naloxone, more commonly called Narcan. An increasing number of educators and school nurses … [Read more...]