Heroin discharges surpass opioid discharges
The findings of a new Stanford-led study suggest that illicit drugs are beginning to replace prescription opioids as the source of the national drug epidemic.
Working through pain toward success in school
With the help of an advocacy program and integrated complex care team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Hari Suresh navigated an obstacle-strewn path to scholastic success.
Darnall funded for pain management study
The Stanford pain psychologist will evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral training to help people with chronic pain reduce their use of opioids.
Source of opioids’ side effects identified
Stanford researchers said they have identified the receptors to which opioids bind to produce tolerance to the drugs and increased sensitivity to pain. They also found that a commercially available drug limited those side effects in mice.
Darnall on opioids and pain management
A Stanford Medicine psychologist is helping patients reduce pain without opioids and prescription drugs. She offers practical steps for people to harness the power of their mind-body connection to reduce symptoms of pain and increase their quality of life.
Safer opioid analgesic designed
Morphine and similar drugs are the world’s most widely used painkillers. But they’re also dangerous and addictive. A new compound may be able to safely provide the same analgesia as morphine.
Surgeries a risk for chronic opioid use
A new study reinforces the need for surgeons and physicians to monitor patients' use of painkillers following surgery and use alternative methods of pain control whenever possible.
Software helps physicians track symptoms
Sean Mackey and his colleagues created a computer-based system that uses streams of data from many patients to help physicians provide the best care for individuals.
Opioid prescriptions not driven by 'pill mills'
Researchers find that prescribing of opioids — such as morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone — is widespread for the Medicare population.
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