Harvard study links refills and not dosage to opioid addiction - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Harvard study links refills and not dosage to opioid addiction

Posted: Updated:
MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio -

A newly released study by the Harvard Medical School offers new insight into the opioid epidemic. 

The study of more than 560,000 people tracks how opioid addiction rises when prescriptions are renewed.

The study found that each additional refill increased the risk for addiction or non-fatal overdose by 44 percent.  That even the first refill doubled the risk.  

At the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Austintown, the findings support what they see among people in recovery.

"Yes, I would say for that most part that's something that we see in most of our cases," said Brandon Miller, a medical assisted treatment specialist.

Dosage actually proved to be far less of a risk factor for addiction or overdose. 

"So it seems to be something more time-dependent than dose-dependent," said Raymond Karlson of R/C Outsourcing in Lowellville.

Karlson and Miller believe Ohio is taking positive steps in controlling opioid distribution.

 "It's commendable that they are limiting the number of doses that a patient can receive and the number of refills," said Karlson.

"America prescribes more opiates than almost every other country combined. So there are a lot of other alternatives to pain," added Miller.

The newly appointed head of the Food and Drug Administration was asked how big a problem is the opioid crisis.

"I think that this is one of the biggest public health crises facing this country, ever," said FDA Commissioner Gottlieb said.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has called on President Trump to renew the declaration that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency, saying little has been done since the first declaration in terms of action or funding. 

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    Friday, August 17 2018 12:42 PM EDT2018-08-17 16:42:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr hands her 16-month-old daughter Caroline, held by her husband Dan McDowell, a cup filled with bottled water at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Penns...(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr hands her 16-month-old daughter Caroline, held by her husband Dan McDowell, a cup filled with bottled water at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Penns...
    Toxics used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more are turning up in public water systems in dozens of states.More >>
    Toxics used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more are turning up in public water systems in dozens of states.More >>
  • Outdoor fun dwindles as smoky haze hangs over California

    Outdoor fun dwindles as smoky haze hangs over California

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-08-14 17:03:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill). The city of Berkeley, Calif., sits in a dull, smoky haze Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The air quality has hit unhealthy levels in cities miles away as California's largest wildfire ever burns to the north.(AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill). The city of Berkeley, Calif., sits in a dull, smoky haze Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The air quality has hit unhealthy levels in cities miles away as California's largest wildfire ever burns to the north.
    No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region.More >>
    No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region.More >>
  • Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

    Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:01 AM EDT2018-08-14 15:01:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 file photo, Alex Jones, center right, is escorted by police out of a crowd of protesters outside the Republican convention in Cleveland. Facebook says it has taken down four pages b...(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 file photo, Alex Jones, center right, is escorted by police out of a crowd of protesters outside the Republican convention in Cleveland. Facebook says it has taken down four pages b...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defend company decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show.More >>
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defend company decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms