In Georgia: Sudden surge in overdoses related to street drugs sold as yellow opioid pain medication

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June 29 2017

New York City issues Health Advisory about overdoses from fentanyl added to cocaine

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June 6 2017

Gulf Coast HIDTA and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Issue Synthetic Opioids Alert

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May 16 2017

Fake Prescription Drugs Laced with Fentanyl

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May 5 2016

Teen Opioid Prescriptions Raise Risk of Later Opioid Misuse

A new study using data from the NIDA-funded Monitoring the Future survey of adolescent drug use and attitudes conducted annually by the University of Michigan shows that teens who received a prescription for opioid pain medication by Grade 12 were at 33 percent increased risk of misusing an opioid between ages 19 and 25.

Opioids and Chronic Pain—A Gap in Our Knowledge

Opioid prescriptions have increased three-fold over the past two decades, and we have seen how this skyrocketing availability of medications has helped create a new drug abusing population, some of whom suffer severe health consequences.

May 2014

One out of every 143 U.S. patients who received a prescription for an opioid painkiller in 2008 obtained prescriptions from multiple physicians in a pattern that suggests misuse or abuse of the drugs.

NIH Pain Consortium’s first pain care curriculum improves clinical skills

NIH Pain ConsortiumPreview of e-learning chronic pain care module, "Edna"

Prescription Painkillers Are Claiming More Women’s Lives

More than 6,600 women died after overdosing on prescription painkillers in 2010—a 400% increase over 1999.

NIH selects 11 Centers of Excellence in Pain Education

The National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium has selected 11 health professional schools as designated Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs). The CoEPEs will act as hubs for the development, evaluation, and distribution of pain management curriculum resources for medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy schools to enhance and improve how health care professionals are taught about pain and its treatment. Twenty institutes, centers and offices at NIH are involved in the consortium.