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Some Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Dose and Still Get Relief

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some potentially good news for folks taking opioids for chronic pain: It's possible to slowly reduce the dosage without increasing discomfort, new research suggests. That's even true for people who've taken the drugs for a long time. One patient in the new study had used opioids for 38 [...]

Herbal Drug Kratom Contains Opioids, FDA Says

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The popular botanical drug kratom essentially is an opioid, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared Tuesday. Nearly all of kratom's major compounds bind to opioid receptors in the human brain, and two of the top five most prevalent compounds activate those receptors, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said [...]