Almost three out of four percent of hospitalized patients taking opioids for pain management are not monitored according to hospital guidelines, report researchers. A new study is warning that the majority of post-operative patients given opioid medications through intravenous infusions are not monitored often enough to detect respiratory depression, a potentially deadly result of overdose… Read more

Almost 25% of patients presribed an opioid for the first time will wind up using the drugs long-term, Mayo Clinic researchers report. Those with histories of tobacco use and substance abuse were the most likely to use opioid painkillers long-term. Lead author W. Michael Hooten, M.D., Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist, said that although the study found… Read more