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SLU Research: Opioid Cessation May Be More Successful When Depression Is Treated

Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., professor of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University and his co-authors have found depression is a consequence of chronic opioid use. In the current study, they find that patients with chronic prescription opioid use and depression who adhered to anti-depressant medications were more likely to stop opioids. Exploratory analysis found

Drug believed to reduce postoperative pain and delirium does neither

MEDIA CONTACT Judy Martin Finch · martinju@wustl.edu · 314-286-0105 AUDIO https://medicine.wustl.edu/?p=43418&preview=1&_ppp=3d29f7be16 To blunt postoperative pain and reduce the need for opioid drugs following surgery, anesthesiologists often give patients low doses of the drug ketamine during operations. Recent research even suggests ketamine might alleviate postsurgical delirium and confusion in older adults. But a new study led