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US dentists prescribe opioids more often than UK dentists

February 2020
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US dentists prescribe opioids 70 times more often than UK dentists, a recent study reveals. Also, US dentists prescribe the types of opioids that are more likely to have a high probability of misuse, including oxycodone. The study was conducted by researchers from the UIC College of Pharmacy in Chicago and published in JAMA Network

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Over 600,000 US parents of children addicted to opioids

February 2020
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Around 623,000 US parents with children under the age of 18 are addicted to opioids, a new study found. Fewer than one-third of the parents are in a program to treat their drug abuse, according to the study, published in the Annals of Family Medicine journal this week. It means that almost 1% of parents

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Northern Ireland Department of Health seeks public input on addiction solution

February 2020
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The Department of Health (DoH) has asked the public to submit their ideas on what to do to stem the alcohol and drug abuse crisis currently affecting Northern Ireland. It has launched a questionnaire as part of an initiative to develop an updated strategy to reduce the adverse health effects and deaths related to substance

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Opioid medications in UK will have addiction warning labels

February 2020
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Opioid medicines in the UK will soon carry prominent labels warning users about the risk of addiction, according to an announcement by Health Secretary, Matt Hancock. The announcement came after data from the Department of Health found that prescriptions for opioids in England and Wales had increased by 60% during the past decade, rising from

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