Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) randomized to two different doses of morphine or placebo for three weeks reported similar effects on breathlessness, an Australian trial found. Their step count also didn't change.
29 Nov 2022
There's no easy way to cure low back pain, but recommending a mix of therapies along with a dose of reassurance can often provide patients a measure of relief.
1 Nov 2022
The guideline covers recommendations for primary care and other clinicians managing pain in outpatient settings and after patients are discharged from hospitals, EDs, or other facilities.
8 Nov 2022
Doctors continue to be frustrated by their patients' chronic pain problems, due to a lack of evidence on opioids' long-term effectiveness and strong evidence of potential harms.
1 Apr 2015
Two recent studies examined national trends in opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing, one finding that prescribing of these drugs together and separately dropped nationally, while another showing that opioid prescribing for patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD) decreased in New York.
7 Jun 2022
Use of opioids for chronic pain quadrupled in a 10-year span, despite scant evidence that they are effective for noncancer pain and ample evidence of harm. Learn more about how to prescribe them safely.
1 Jul 2015
An analysis of CDC data found that while overall U.S. drug overdose deaths increased by 30% from 2019 to 2020, rates increased 44% among non-Hispanic Black and 39% among non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native persons versus 22% in White persons.
26 Jul 2022
ACP has an extensive and longstanding policy in place on reducing firearms injuries and deaths in the United States.
1 Nov 2022
A retrospective cohort study looked at opioid-naive patients who received at least one prescription for an opioid during a surgical or nonsurgical inpatient hospitalization between 2014 and 2017.
24 May 2022
High-dose opioid use dropping in the VA, but opioids frequently discontinued involuntarily, studies find
Recent studies from the Veterans Health Administration looked at voluntary and involuntary opioid reduction; high-dose, long-term opioid therapy; and quality improvement efforts for opioid use disorder treatment.
10 Nov 2020