Tag Archives: Opioid

Dramatic shifts in first-time opioid prescriptions bring hope, concern

A national call for restraint in opioid prescribing has yielded dramatic progress in clinician prescribing patterns, but leaves some notable room for improvement. These are the findings of a new study from Harvard Medical School (HMS) showing a drop of more than 50 percent in monthly opioid prescribing for new patients. Despite this marked decrease,… Read More »

Opioid prescriptions for pets surge, mirroring human crisis

(Reuters Health) – Many more Americans may be getting opioids for their pets, and veterinarians appear to be prescribing increasingly potent versions of these drugs to animals, a small study suggests. The researchers examined data on opioid tablets and patches dispensed or prescribed by 134 veterinarians at an academic small-animal hospital in Philadelphia from 2007… Read More »