chronic pain News

Research Finds Compounded Topical Pain Creams No Better Than Placebos

In an effort to reduce chronic pain, many people look for hope by paying $20 to thousands of dollars for a tube of prescription topical pain cream or gel. Now, results of a rigorous federally funded study mandated by Congress …

Study Finds Chronic Pain Drives Patients to Use Medical Marijuana

As of 2018, 33 states and the District of Columbia have approved the medical use of cannabis, while 10 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Despite this fact, at the federal level, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under …

Penn. Hospital Cuts Opioid Scripts, Considers New Ways to Ease Pain

The culture of clinicians treating pain as a fifth vital sign, targeting pain-free living through a prescription regimen, is acknowledged as a driving factor behind the rise of opioid addiction. The American Society of Addiction Medicine found 4 in 5 …

Pain Medicine Group Cancels Marijuana Training for Doctors

A national medical group Thursday abruptly canceled its plans to train doctors about marijuana for pain relief after a federal agency pulled its funding. The episode highlights an ongoing conflict between federal and state laws on marijuana. The American Academy …

New Study Finds Opioids No Better Than OTC Drugs for Chronic Pain

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 …

Chronic Pain Sufferers Plead for Nuanced Approach to Opioids

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 …

New Research Shows How Opioid Deaths Began With a Doctor’s Prescription

It’s been conventional wisdom for some time now that America’s opioid epidemic began at the pharmacy. Now there are numbers that put any doubt to rest. More than half of all people who succumbed to an overdose between 2001 to …

Travelers Reports 30% Reduction in Opioid Use Among Workers’ Comp Claimants

The Travelers Companies, Inc., reported a 30 percent reduction in the use of opioids among the more than 500,000 injured U.S. employees covered by its workers’ compensation policies since 2015. This has been achieved primarily through the use of the …

Texas Doctor Accused in Overdose Deaths of at Least 7 Chronic Pain Patients

A Texas doctor wrote unnecessary prescriptions for powerful drugs that contributed to the overdose deaths of at least seven people over a four-year period, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. Howard Gregg Diamond, 56, was arrested Tuesday on charges …

Medical Marijuana Seen as Alternative to Opioids in Workers’ Comp Cases

As a result of the types of workers’ compensation accidents and injuries that occur, case managers often see a significant number of chronic pain cases vulnerable to opioid abuse and addiction. A recent study found that three out of every …