DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire has received a grant for nearly $1 million to provide free online resources and in-person workshops to help people manage chronic pain and avoid...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates in Kentucky gained momentum Wednesday when a House committee overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize medical...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to include chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration as conditions that can qualify for treatment, state...
U.S. health officials again warned doctors Thursday against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is moving closer to adding two more medical conditions to the list of ailments eligible for medical marijuana.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of inmates is suing the New York state prison system over its efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse, saying they are being forced to live with chronic pain...
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio doctor who has been a critic of the crackdown on opioid pills for chronic pain patients is now charged with illegally prescribing hundreds of thousands of pain...
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state board is divided over whether to add "chronic pain" as one of the approved conditions for registration in Connecticut's medical marijuana program.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — At his darkest point, Bryan Fant was addicted to vicodin, benzodiazepine, prozac, Xanax and various other powerful medications. All had been prescribed by the Veterans...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.