Fewer new moms get codeine prescriptions, study says
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association said a warning that codeine taken by women who are breast-feeding may raise the risk of overdose among infants has been followed by reductions in the number of new mothers getting prescriptions for the drug. While codeine prescriptions have decreased, scripts for other opioid medications, such as oxycodone, tramadol and hydromorphone increased. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News
Mass. amnesty program to offer treatment to addicts
Police in Gloucester, Mass., say they will allow people who are addicted to turn in their drugs at the police station without being charged as long as they agree to get treatment. The program will provide an "angel" to help guide people through the treatment process, and some pharmacies are providing Narcan, which reverses an opioid overdose, for little or no charge. The Huffington Post
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National Pain Strategy comment deadline is next week
The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, which falls under the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, was charged by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to create a comprehensive population health level-strategy for pain prevention, management, research, and treatment. Public comments on the National Pain Strategy draft are due Wednesday, May 20. Learn more.
Now open: 2016 call for symposia
Are you interested in presenting your research to multidisciplinary pain researchers and clinicians? This is your chance to do so! The APS Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit your proposals for presentations. Submitted proposals must reflect APS' multidisciplinary approach to pain and should include presenting the areas of pain science, translational research, and treatment. Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are also invited to submit formal proposals for their 2016 SIG meetings for continuing education credit. The 35th Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Austin, May 11-14. Submissions deadline is Monday, July 20. Learn more.
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