Off-label use of breakthrough cancer pain drug linked to serious opioid addiction and death

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Cancer patients who are receiving regular pain medication and management can sometimes still experience sudden, intense flare-ups called breakthrough pain.

Subsys, a fentanyl-based pain relief mouth spray, was developed by Insys Therapeutics and approved by the FDA to treat the condition. The drug delivers a painkiller mist 100 times more powerful than morphine for pain that can’t be addressed with other narcotics in the patient’s usual pain management medications. When used as directed, Subsys offers much-needed relief for cancer patients during intense breakthrough pain flares. Continue reading “Off-label use of breakthrough cancer pain drug linked to serious opioid addiction and death”

Opioids Are Being Overprescribed After a C-Section

opioidsThere is no one cause of the opioid epidemic, which is hitting Ohio especially hard. The issue is very complex.

However, we know that many people become addicted to opioids after being prescribed painkillers. The prescription drugs hydrocodone and oxycodone can be gateway drugs to heroin and fentanyl, among others.  Continue reading “Opioids Are Being Overprescribed After a C-Section”

Opioid-Related Car Accidents Are On The Rise

The opioid crisis opioidis hitting Ohio especially hard.

Abuse of prescription painkillers like fentanyl and oxycodone, as well as heroin, has risen dramatically over the past decade:

In 2005:

  • Approximately 15,000 deaths in the United States
  • 500 deaths in Ohio

In 2015:

  • Approximately 33,000 deaths in the United States
  • 2,700 deaths in Ohio

Alarmingly, experts believe that opioid-related deaths across the United States may actually be underreported.

With masses of people hooked on opioids, all facets of life are affected. Continue reading “Opioid-Related Car Accidents Are On The Rise”