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Popular Heroin Inhalation Method Tied to ...

"Chasing the dragon" is an increasingly popular method of heroin inhalation among drug users.

Managing Comorbid Opioid and Alcohol Use ...

When alcohol and opioid addiction occur together, managing them concomitantly becomes challenging. Whereas some patients may not need medication for alcohol addiction, opioid abuse does require pharmacotherapy.

Detox vs Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid ...

Based on current evidence, there is a strong consensus that medication-assisted treatment is recommended over detoxification in the treatment of opioid use disorder during pregnancy.

Comorbid Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse: ...

Bipolar disorder is often comorbid with substance use disorders, with alcohol being the top substance. Clinicians should take a thorough history to uncover substance use disorder because it will guide the management of both disorders.

Descriptive, Predictive Data at Odds in ...

Because they're busy looking in different directions, "innocent until proven guilty" and "first, do no harm" don't always get along.

Pediatric Migraine and Obesity: What We ...

Data in children do support an association between pediatric obesity and headache disorders in general, but more research is needed to confirm the association specifically with pediatric migraine.
Chronic Pain

The Role of Psychological Factors in Phantom Limb Pain Reviewed

The Role of Psychological Factors in Phantom Limb Pain Reviewed

Up to 85% of amputees experience phantom limb pain: sensations in the missing limb that patients may describe as burning, cramping, tingling, itching, stabbing, throbbing, or a feeling of "pins and needles."

Chronic Pain

Pediatric Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Diagnosis and Management

Pediatric Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Diagnosis and Management

Chronic, noninflammatory pain in children and adolescents encompasses a wide range of pain syndromes. Clinicians need to consider not only the physical manifestations of pain but also the psychosocial and academic impact of the child's pain and impairment.

Opioid Addiction

Perioperative Pain Management in Patients With Opioid Use Disorder

Perioperative Pain Management in Patients With Opioid Use Disorder

The perioperative management of pain in patients with opioid use disorders presents multiple challenges to clinicians. A recent review offered clinical guidance for various subgroups of these individuals.

Opioid Addiction

Leveraging the Placebo Effect to Reduce Opioid Requirements

Leveraging the Placebo Effect to Reduce Opioid Requirements

Emerging evidence indicates that the placebo effect can in some instances reduce patients' pain. The current debate is whether clinicians need to disclose to patients that they are using placebos instead of active ingredients.

Acute Pain

Non-Opioid Therapies for Pain Management in the ED

Non-Opioid Therapies for Pain Management in the ED

The use of non-opioid analgesic therapies is increasing among ED physicians.

Opioid Addiction

Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations: Barriers to Broader Use

Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations: Barriers to Broader Use

Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations have not yet been widely accepted despite their proposed value in reducing opioid abuse and related mortality. Many of the current barriers to broader use are related to their higher cost compared with conventional formulations.

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