Abuse

Abuse-Deterrant Opioids

Compare the abuse deterrent mechanism, special risk groups, contraindications, and warnings/precautions for FDA approved opioids.

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Requests Marijuana Rescheduling

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Requests Marijuana Rescheduling

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ASRA released a formal position statement requesting that the DEA reschedule marijuana.

History of Abuse Linked to Greater Pain Severity, Fibromyalgia, Depression and Anxiety

History of Abuse Linked to Greater Pain Severity, Fibromyalgia, Depression and Anxiety

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Patients with a history of abuse either in childhood or adulthood have been found to display higher levels of depression, anxiety, pain severity and catastrophizing, as well as reduced physical functioning; in addition, those patients have higher scores on the fibromyalgia survey used to measure "fibromyalgia-ness" than those without a history of abuse.

Counterfeit Norco Poisonings Prompt CDC Warning

Counterfeit Norco Poisonings Prompt CDC Warning

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Several patients were noted to have taken the counterfeit drug in California.

Behavioral Interventions in the ED Can Reduce Risk of Opioid Overdose

Behavioral Interventions in the ED Can Reduce Risk of Opioid Overdose

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Combination of a motivational interviewing and enhanced brochures successful in reducing behaviors associated with opioid overdose.

Preoperative Opioid Use Significantly Impacts Postoperative Opioid Course

Preoperative Opioid Use Significantly Impacts Postoperative Opioid Course

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Preoperative opioid use is a better predictor for prolonged postoperative opioid use than pain, substance abuse, and affective disorder.

Improving Outcomes for Infants Born With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Improving Outcomes for Infants Born With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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New research suggests that reducing length of treatment and hospitalization in infants diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth can be made possible by standardizing hospital care policies across institutions.

Daily Pain Variations: A Weak Link to Opioid Craving

Daily Pain Variations: A Weak Link to Opioid Craving

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Craving is known to be influenced by patient-specific variables such as sex, negative affect, and history of SUD,but few studies have examined the impact of day-to-day changes in pain intensity.

American Society of Anesthesiologists Introduces New Committee to Address Opioid Abuse

American Society of Anesthesiologists Introduces New Committee to Address Opioid Abuse

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The ASA has announced the creation of its Ad Hoc Committee on Prescription Opioid Abuse to help address the country's growing epidemic.

Military Medical School Addresses Opioid Epidemic by Incorporating Joint Pain Education Into Curriculum

Military Medical School Addresses Opioid Epidemic by Incorporating Joint Pain Education Into Curriculum

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The F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the USU this week announced the addition of a new pain management program that incorporates joint pain education into its curriculum

White House Continues Efforts to Curb Opioid, Heroin Abuse

White House Continues Efforts to Curb Opioid, Heroin Abuse

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President Barack Obama will announce new public and private initiatives directed at curbing opioid abuse across the country.

Opiate Detox During Pregnancy Appears Safe for Fetus

Opiate Detox During Pregnancy Appears Safe for Fetus

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Researchers found the importance of intense behavioral health follow-up to reduce the occurrence of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Do Physicians Prescribe Opioids for Longer Than CDC Advises?

Do Physicians Prescribe Opioids for Longer Than CDC Advises?

While 99% exceed the recommended 3-day dosage limit, a quarter write a prescription for a full month.

Are Older Patients at Risk for Dangerous Drug Interactions?

Are Older Patients at Risk for Dangerous Drug Interactions?

Many do not tell their doctors, putting them at risk for dangerous drug interactions.

FDA Announces Enhanced Warning Labels on Opioid Pain Medications

FDA Announces Enhanced Warning Labels on Opioid Pain Medications

New labeling rules mostly aimed at immediate-release versions of opioids.

Physicians Respond Positively to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Physicians Respond Positively to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Mainly supportive of guidelines, but concerns include lack of evidence underlying recommendations.

High Number of Patients Prescribed Opioids Following Tooth Extraction

High Number of Patients Prescribed Opioids Following Tooth Extraction

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New research reviews nationwide patterns of painkiller prescribing following surgical tooth extraction.

CDC Releases Guideline for PCPs Prescribing Opioids to Patients With Chronic Pain

CDC Releases Guideline for PCPs Prescribing Opioids to Patients With Chronic Pain

The CDC has issued guidelines for primary care providers who prescribe opioids for chronic pain.

Does Suppression of Substance Abuse Claims Impact Diagnoses?

Does Suppression of Substance Abuse Claims Impact Diagnoses?

CMS suppression of claims linked to immediate decline in inpatient rates of related comorbidities.

Assessing Opioids Prescribed After Low-Risk Surgical Procedures

Assessing Opioids Prescribed After Low-Risk Surgical Procedures

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To understand patterns of postoperative opioid prescribing over time, researchers examined the trends of commonly-prescribed opioids after low-risk surgical procedures in the United States.

Clinical Dilemmas: Prescribing Opioids Concurrently With Medical Cannabis

Clinical Dilemmas: Prescribing Opioids Concurrently With Medical Cannabis

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Does your pain clinic currently allow the use of cannabis in combination with opioid medication? If so, has a maximum THC threshold been identified? How have your patients responded to such treatment?

Rethinking Strong Opioids for Noncancer Pain

Rethinking Strong Opioids for Noncancer Pain

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Are we overestimating the efficacy of step III analgesics?

Can Monitoring Programs Improve Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care?

Can Monitoring Programs Improve Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care?

Patient monitoring and pain specialist support can help primary care practitioners better manage their patients taking opioids for chronic pain.

Feast or Famine: The World's Opioid Gap

Feast or Famine: The World's Opioid Gap

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Much of the third world is suffering in pain without access to opioids. This imbalance has been called the opioid gap. How can we get opioids to patients who need them?

Characteristics Predictive of Opioid Nonadherence

Characteristics Predictive of Opioid Nonadherence

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Understanding factors that influence medication nonadherence may guide clinicians in implementing adherence strategies.

Changing the Narrative: Amplifying Clinician Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

Changing the Narrative: Amplifying Clinician Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

Clinicians are doing their fair share of curbing opioid-related deaths in the country. They just need to amplify their efforts a little more by changing the narrative.

What the CDC's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Mean for Primary Care Physicians

What the CDC's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Mean for Primary Care Physicians

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Clinical Pain Advisor met up with Dr Erin E Krebs at AAPM's annual meeting after her discussion on what opioids mean for the primary care physician in 2016 to discuss the CDC's guidelines for prescribing opioids in patients with chronic pain.

FDA Announces New Measures to Curb Opioid Overdose

FDA Announces New Measures to Curb Opioid Overdose

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The FDA has announced a new plan to refocus its efforts on curbing opioid-related deaths.

The Impact of Opioid Risk Reduction Initiatives

The Impact of Opioid Risk Reduction Initiatives

New research assesses initiatives to reduce high-dose COT prescribing.

Obama Pledges Additional $1.1B to Combat Opioid Abuse

Obama Pledges Additional $1.1B to Combat Opioid Abuse

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The $1.1 billion figure is on top of the $400 million already included in the December budget agreement.

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