Tag: Opioids

Patients on prescribed opioids required to undergo drug tests, pill counts

By: Jim Morelli Updated: Oct 9, 2019 – 6:59 PM BOSTON – Patients on prescribed opioids say their doctors had them sign “opioid agreements” that some say “made them feel like criminals.” The so-called opioid agreements or contracts are becoming increasingly common, even among doctors whose specialty isn’t treating pain. For patients like Caylee Cresta, it meant her…

Opioid Breathalyzer Test Developed

October 04, 2019 By Pat Anson, PNN Editor Chronic pain patients have grown accustomed having their urine — and sometimes their blood and hair – analyzed for opioids and other drugs. Someday soon they could be taking opioid breathalyzer tests. In a small pilot study, researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed and…

‘Things Went Too Far’: Minnesota Doctors Keeping Closer Eye On Opioid Prescriptions By Liz Collin September 30, 2019 at 6:28 pm MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota doctors are keeping a closer eye on drugs they prescribe patients during the opioid crisis. Physicians checked the state’s prescription monitoring program more than 240,000 times last month. That’s an 80%…