opioids

September 14, 2017

The University of Washington’s School of Dentistry is acutely aware of the opioid crisis and the role dentists must play in terms of more stringent prescribing guidelines and other measures.

August 31, 2017

Virtual reality (VR) is emerging as a therapy in a variety of medical fields, and is now being used to control pain. SnowWorld, a VR game, was developed by UW Medicine Drs.

August 10, 2017

Drug use caused the deaths of 332 King County residents in 2016, a new record, with opioid-involved overdoses accounting for more than two-thirds of those deaths, according to an annual report published today by the University of Washington’s 

As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage U.S. communities, medical specialists are exploring better ways to treat pain without opioids.

Problem behavior indicative of addiction is pervasive among chronic pain patients who receive opioid prescriptions at primary-care clinics.

Millions of people take powerful prescription medications to treat chronic pain. But amid heightened concerns about opioid addiction, some patients are worried and want to stop.

In urban and rural areas alike, the United States faces an epidemic of fatal overdoses linked to heroin and prescription painkillers, among other substances.

Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who are prescribed low doses and who aren’t chronic users, according to a University of Washington-led

Heroin deaths in the Seattle-King County area rose 58 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to an annual report published today by the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.

An often-effective treatment exists for people who want to stop abusing prescription opioid painkillers or escape heroin addiction, but that treatment is unavailable in U.S. counties where more than 30 million people live. 

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