CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Wyoming has joined a growing list of municipalities and groups nationwide in suing the makers and distributers of prescription...
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials Tuesday warned doctors not to abruptly stop prescribing opioid painkillers to patients who are taking them for chronic pain ailments, such as...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri will cover more non-opioid treatment options for Medicaid recipients who suffer from chronic pain as part of an effort to prevent substance abuse.
State hits pause button on chronic pain proposal
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials have delayed consideration of a controversial change under the Oregon Health Plan that could have forced many patients with chronic pain off...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky won initial committee approval Wednesday night after lawmakers heard emotional testimony from people battling chronic pain...
Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana
Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs.
That's followed by stiffness from multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related nausea, according to an analysis of 15 states published Monday in the journal Health Affairs.
Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin retires, citing chronic pain
Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin is retiring from swimming at age 23, citing chronic shoulder pain that has affected her for the last 2½ years.
She announced her plans Wednesday in a letter posted on ESPN.com . Franklin's spokeswoman says the swimmer is with her family in Colorado for the holidays and isn't commenting further for now.
Prosecutors seek new sentencing hearing for Paul attacker
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal prosecutors seeking a new sentencing hearing for Sen. Rand Paul's attacker say the Republican lawmaker suffered chronic pain months after being tackled while doing yard work at his Kentucky home.
Prosecutors said in a recent court filing that Rene Boucher's 30-day sentence was unreasonable for such an "inexplicable and violent assault," noting sentencing guidelines outlined 21 to 27 months in prison.
Oregon task force backs controversial opioid plan
BEND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon proposal to expand alternative treatments for certain chronic pain conditions while limiting the use of opioids has moved forward with minimal changes, despite outcries from chronic pain patients and criticism from pain experts across the country.
Kentucky attorney general announces 8th opioid lawsuit
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has sued a pharmaceutical company, accusing it of contributing to the state's opioid epidemic.
Beshear says he has sued Pennsylvania-based Teva for marketing its products to treat chronic pain despite the drugs being approved for treating pain in cancer patients. Beshear called the deceptive marketing "one of the most egregious acts we have seen from a pharmaceutical company."
Opioid regulations worry chronic pain patients, doctors
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — For more than 10 years, Shannon Greenwood took 16 opioid pills a day for her chronic pain. But over the last eight years, the 59-year-old Longview resident has cut the daily dose to two.
"It was a long, hard road," Greenwood said. "I was going up and down like a roller coaster, and it just ruins your life. You don't have the ability to do what you used to do, and you don't want to run out of feeling good before you do all your duties for the day."
Chronic pain patients says they’re ‘treated like criminals’
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — When the former nonprofit director_a woman with a master's degree in social work_moved from North Carolina to Spotsylvania County last fall, she brought detailed medical records about her chronic pain and the opioids she takes to treat them.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A proposed change to the state's Medicaid program aims to reduce the overprescribing of opioids, which has caused an epidemic of overdoses, Oregon officials said.
The proposal would limit coverage for five broad chronic pain conditions to 90 days of opioid pain relievers, The Bulletin reported Wednesday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Doctors prescribing painkillers to patients with chronic pain should be required to also provide them with prescriptions for anti-overdose drugs, several people and organizations told the state medical board as it reviews ways to slow the opioid crisis.
Under current rules, doctors must prescribe opioids like Vicodin or Percocet for chronic pain in a way that prevents the drugs' misuse. But those rules don't spell out safety steps doctors should take as doses increase.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has announced new rules for monitoring the prescribing of painkillers to patients suffering chronic pain.
The rules announced Wednesday by the Republican governor apply to the treatment of patients with sub-acute pain, a type of pain lasting between six and 12 weeks, and long-term pain, lasting 12 weeks or more.
Opioid ‘contracts’ humiliate some patients with chronic pain, and may not make them safer
Opioid 'contracts' humiliate some patients with chronic pain, and may not make them safer
CLEVELAND, Ohio— Almost all chronic pain patients who now take prescription opioids for relief are asked by their doctors to sign a document in which they agree to submit to random urine drug screens, pill counts and other conditions in order to receive their medication.
Suffering and abandoned: Chronic pain patients cut off in the opioid era
CLEVELAND, Ohio— For Jean Karchefsky, it happened on November 16, 2017.
The 63-year-old retired Mentor schools bus driver remembers the date because, she says, she was shell-shocked by what her doctor told her that day: she would no longer treat Karchefsky's chronic pain.
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Off opioids, chronic pain sufferers find new ways to cope
CLEVELAND, Ohio—Stephen Newman was sick, frustrated, angry and in pain when a friend suggested he try acupuncture to treat his chronic inflammatory and immune-related health problems.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Dr. Kenneth Choquette knows the kind of chronic pain his patients endure every day. Without opioid pills, some cannot work, sleep or do simple chores like wash the dishes.
"If I take pain medication away from a patient who is properly taking it for the right reasons, it means they hurt more," said Choquette, a Coordinated Health pain management specialist and a physician for three decades.
"So, are they dependent on the medication?" he said. "Absolutely."
Kentucky attorney general files fifth opioid lawsuit
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic attorney general has filed a fifth lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for deceptive marketing of opioid-based painkillers.
Andy Beshear says he has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries Ortho-McNeil and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. Beshear says the companies claimed the opioid drugs were "rarely addictive" when used for chronic pain.
IRONTON — Senior citizens in Lawrence County who experience chronic pain - or those who care for them - are invited to attend a free course to learn more about living with and managing their pain.
The Area Agency on Aging District 7 will host "Chronic Pain Self-Management" on Fridays, April 13 through May 18, at the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, 321 S. 4th St., Ironton.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions that doctors can prescribe to treat acute pain.
Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday signed the bill that would limit such prescriptions to supplies lasting three, four or seven days, depending on who writes them.
It would also establish protocols for treating chronic pain and coordinate reporting between the state's pharmacy board and physician licensing boards to flag excessive prescriptions.
Cutbacks to opioid prescriptions leave chronic pain patients without help
Opioid addiction is getting more attention nationally, but a Washington State University researcher says not enough is being done to help patients transition to non-opioid pain management.
Marian Wilson, an associate professor at WSU’s College of Nursing, has spent much of her career looking at pain management and chronic pain, including alternatives to opioids that can help some people manage pain more effectively.
As the opioid epidemic spreads, Texas is taking important steps, from improved monitoring of prescription painkillers to expanded programs to treat addiction.
But as a doctor who regularly sees patients suffering from chronic pain, I don’t believe this crisis can be solved until we educate more physicians and the public about real alternatives to these addictive pills.
CHICAGO (AP) — A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain.
In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. And they provided slightly less pain relief,
Influential Minnesota study finds that opioids are no better for long-term pain
An influential study on opioid painkillers by the Minneapolis VA has gained a national platform, where its findings regarding the effectiveness of these potentially addictive drugs versus alternatives are likely to shape federal and state policy on use of prescription drugs.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky made their case to a legislative panel Monday, touting it as a safe alternative to highly addictive opioid painkillers.
The bill heard by the House Judiciary Committee would strictly regulate the introduction of medical cannabis, and would leave it up to cities or counties whether to allow it. The panel took no vote on the measure, and its chairman said the bill would come up again later.
A large share of Minnesotans using medical marijuana for chronic pain say theyre experiencing less discomfort and have reduced their reliance on potentially addictive opioid drugs.
In the states first report card on cannabis and chronic pain, more than 60 percent of patients responding to a state survey said they benefited greatly from using pot in inhaled or pill forms, and 43 percent of their doctors concurred.
Chronic pain sufferers plead for nuanced approach to opioids
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Will Michele Jacobovitz get out of bed today?
That depends on how many painkillers she has left in her monthly prescription, which sometimes she's forced to ration. Some mornings are harder than others.
Jacobovitz, 56, has suffered from chronic pain since a 1987 car accident. The Pasco County resident has had 73 surgeries since, from her neck to her ankles, and she has the scars to prove it. In December, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain.
"I don't like taking pain medication. I don't like the way it makes me feel," he said.
Harris also didn't want to risk getting addicted to heavy-duty prescription painkillers.
Bill would boost efforts to find opioid alternatives
Washington — A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House introduced Thursday by a pair of Michigan lawmakers aims to spur research at the National Institutes of Health that could develop a painkiller that isn't addictive.
Purdue shift in opioid marketing garners mixed responses
STAMFORD — Doctors and public officials have welcomed OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s announcement that it is ending opioid marketing to doctors, but they warn further measures will be needed to combat the opioid crisis.
Dr. Yeshvant Navalgund deals in pain management.
Headquartered in Greensburg, his DNA Pain Advancement Treatment Center practice clinics encounter 3,000 people a month suffering from different forms of chronic pain.
When he and his wife set up their clinics in 2004, which now include locations in Robinson, Mt. Pleasant, Indiana and Pleasant Hills, they never pushed opiates like Percocet or Vicodin.
OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors
NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic.
OxyContin has long been the world's top-selling opioid painkiller, bringing in billions in sales for privately-held Purdue, which also sells a newer and longer-lasting opioid drug called Hysingla.
Arizona Legislature passes law tackling rising opioid crisis
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature unanimously approved Gov. Doug Ducey's proposal to crack down on excess opioid prescribing and add other regulations designed to cut down on addictions and overdose deaths.
Thursday's action came despite a number of majority Republican lawmakers who had expressed deep concerns about parts of the proposal. The Republican governor was expected to sign it Friday.
No major opposition to opioid plan appears in Legislature
PHOENIX (AP) — No major opposition appeared Tuesday as the Arizona Legislature began considering a proposal from Gov. Doug Ducey designed to cut down on addiction and deaths from prescription painkillers.
A House committee took up the proposal during a special legislative session called by the Republican governor the previous day.
Arizona plan to combat opioids would limit dosages, amounts
PHOENIX (AP) — Legislation being proposed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to address the ongoing opioid crisis would bar doctors from prescribing more than an initial five-day supply of pain medication in most cases and limit the maximum dose they could prescribe to most chronic pain patients.
Boston Scientific, Medtronic tout trial data supporting use of neuromodulation devices
Medtronic and Boston Scientific announced study results Friday that they said reflected positively on devices they are selling in the fast-growing field of neuromodulation.
New Medicaid rule will further open acupuncture services to 108,000 Ohio patients with low back pain, migraines
New Medicaid rule will further open acupuncture services to 108,000 Ohio patients with low back pain, migraines
CLEVELAND, Ohio—Starting January 1, more than 108,000 Ohioans on Medicaid who have diagnosed low back pain or migraines will be able to see an acupuncturist for pain management. The change in policy is part of an effort to reduce the number of unnecessary opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths in the state that arise from treating chronic pain with addictive drugs.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Air Force providers are using acupuncture as an effective holistic treatment option for pain relief, even in combat settings.
As part of North Carolina's battle against opioid abuse, new rules for how doctors prescribe painkillers take effect Monday.
An epidemic of overdoses prompted lawmakers this year to pass the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevent (STOP) Act, which set new limits on the quantity of the drugs that can be prescribed during a patient's first visit.
Jerry Larson loved being an active babysitter for his 9-year-old granddaughter chasing her outdoors after school and exploring the Science Museum on weekends.
All that changed after doctors reduced his monthly dosage of prescription opioids.
Now all I do is sit on the chair, said Larson, 67, who suffers from severe back pain.
Amid a national movement to reduce opioid usage, the Burnsville man just wants his painkillers back.
The Dayton administration unveiled new guidelines Friday for curbing opioid prescriptions and weaning chronic pain patients off the addictive painkillers.
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith commended a state work group for drafting the guidelines, which encourage doctors to use the lowest possible opioid dose for treatment of acute pain after surgeries or injuries and discourage the long-term use of opioids for chronic pain.
Investigators: Colorado vet died after getting painkillers
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man suffering from chronic pain died two days after he obtained methadone with a prescription from a Veterans Affairs Department doctor, government investigators said Thursday, but they could not determine whether the drug contributed to his death.
A distribution glitch at one of Minnesotas two medical marijuana providers has left some patients with little or no supply left for treatment of conditions such as chronic pain, epileptic seizures and Tourette syndrome.
UNM study: Medical marijuana an alternative for opioids
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients.
The work of associate psychology professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and assistant economics professor Sarah See Stith was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment in New Mexico's medical marijuana program and cessation or reduction of opioid use.
Startup wants to bring back Vioxx for hemophilia joint pain
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so.
Merck & Co. voluntarily pulled the blockbuster drug in 2004 amid evidence that it doubled the chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
The Latest: Startup could bring back Vioxx for hemophilia
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the possible return of Vioxx (all times local):
Could the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx (VEYE-ochs) get a second life? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so.
In 2004, Merck & Co. voluntarily pulled the blockbuster drug amid evidence it doubled the chances of having a heart attack or stroke.