Tag: opioid prescriptions

Doctors From Lower-Tier Medical Schools Prescribe More Opioids

FromĀ STAT: New research indicates that doctors who graduated from lower-tier medical schools prescribe about three times as many opioid painkillers per year as those...

Half of Opioid Prescriptions Go to People With Mood Disorders

FromĀ STAT:Ā A recent study found that 51 percent of all opioid prescriptions in the U.S. are written for people diagnosed with anxiety, depression and other...

Opioid Use in Pregnancy Dangerous and Understudied

Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), authored an editorial for BMJ this month warning that the opioid abuse epidemic could have dangerous consequences for pregnant women. While the effects of opioid exposure on the developing brain are yet unknown, research suggests that infants may suffer from withdrawal syndrome, nervous system defects, and impaired attachment with the mother.