The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today (June 8) that it has requested that Endo Pharmaceuticals, a drug company, remove the opioid painkiller Opana ER from the drug market.
Opioids are powerful painkillers derived from either the opium poppy or synthetic versions of it. These highly addictive substances have spurned an epidemic in the United States. Here's the latest news on the science of opioids, who they impact and possible treatments.
Scientists find that pain receptors can hide inside cells; but they can still find them and deactivate them, which may lead to better pain medication.
Cases of hepatitis C have tripled over a five-year span, thanks in large part to the exploding opioid epidemic, which leads to IV drug use.
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The opioid epidemic may be leading to a rise in cases of what's normally a rare eye infection, according to a report from an eye treatment center in New England.
Children younger than 12 should not take codeine, a drug found in some cough and pain medicines, according to new rules from the FDA.
Deaths due to opioid overdoses have risen sharply in the past few years, partly due to a particularly potent drug called fentanyl.
The first time many patients in the United States take prescription opioid painkillers is following surgery.
American teens who abuse opioid drugs typically first received the drugs from a doctor, a new study finds.
The rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States continues to rise, with a particularly sharp spike in heroin-related deaths in recent years.
The number of people dying from cocaine overdoses in the United States is on the rise, and a new study suggests why: People are using cocaine and opioids together.
The chemicals in the brain linked to the pleasure people get from things like sex and drugs also play a role in how people enjoy music, a new, small study from Canada finds.
A marijuana ingredient may help heroin users resist the urge to use the drug and alleviate withdrawal symptoms, but more research should be done in this area, researchers say.
More than a dozen people in Massachusetts suddenly developed severe amnesia, but there was no clear cause of their memory loss.
A middle-age man in Canada with oral cancer found that medical cannabis oil may have helped to slightly reduce the size of a wound on his cheek.
The number of people in the U.S. who died from an overdose of the opioid painkiller fentanyl more than doubled in just a single year, according to a new report.
Teen use of many illegal and legal drugs — including ecstasy, cocaine, alcohol and tobacco — is now at record lows.