Women who are subject to violence – often from intimate partners – are more likely to turn to opioids or other substances leading to further health and life problems, including increased risk for HIV infection.
When people are using medicines to treat their opioid use disorder – just like diabetics use insulin – and their insurance requires pre-authorization before they can get their monthly supply of their medicine, this puts them at great risk for relapse.
HealthyWomen is helping to combat the opioid epidemic by working with the Legal Action Center, women state legislators, and others to spread understanding of the disease of opioid use disorder (OUD), and best practices for treating OUD.
Infants born to women who have been using opioids have developed a physical dependence on the opioid while in the womb. New studies have shown how physical contact can help those infants do better, reduce symptoms of withdrawal, and recover more quickly.
People with chronic pain may be having trouble getting adequate medication because of concerns about opioid over prescribing and new rules and laws intended to reduce over prescribing and abuse.
Obtaining the treatment for opioid overdose – and helping to save lives – can be challenging, but it is supposed to be getting easier.
Opioid-related hospitalizations among women in the United States increased far faster than among men between 2005 and 2014.
21 Jun 2017Medication Safety
In the wake of the musician Prince's death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications.
14 Dec 2016Your Care