Chemical Dependency

Abuse-Deterrant Opioids

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

Easier Access to Naloxone in Louisiana, Utah

Easier Access to Naloxone in Louisiana, Utah

Standing orders for naloxone allow it to be dispensed to laypeople without a patient-specific prescription.

CDC: Fatal Drug Overdoses Up Significantly in the US

CDC: Fatal Drug Overdoses Up Significantly in the US

The latest government data show that prescription opioids and heroin lead the increase.

Severe Arthritis Complaints & Medical Marijuana Use

Severe Arthritis Complaints & Medical Marijuana Use

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This low rate of use in rheumatology patients is in stark contrast to the high rates of severe arthritis frequently reported by medicinal marijuana users.

Evaluating Opioid Policies: Balancing Abuse Reduction With Patient Access

Evaluating Opioid Policies: Balancing Abuse Reduction With Patient Access

While many organizations have created plans in an attempt to curb the opioid epidemic, how can we know which plans will work?

Oxycodone/Naloxone Beneficial After Total Knee Replacement

Oxycodone/Naloxone Beneficial After Total Knee Replacement

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Compared with other opioids, oxycodone/naloxone may improve patients' ability to participate in physiotherapy.

Marijuana Use in US Adults Up Significantly

Marijuana Use in US Adults Up Significantly

Daily cannabis use nearly doubled between 2002 and 2014, and fewer people perceive the drug as harmful.

Prescription Opioids and Veterans' Heroin Use

Prescription Opioids and Veterans' Heroin Use

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Non-medical use of prescription opioid medications is a significant risk factor for heroin use among United States veterans.

Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Dependence: the Betty Ford Model

Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Dependence: the Betty Ford Model

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The COR-12 treatment program includes group therapy and lectures that focus on opioid addiction, as well as 2 extended medication assistance options.

Study to Test Ways To Discuss Opioid Risks With ER Patients

Study to Test Ways To Discuss Opioid Risks With ER Patients

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Researchers hypothesize that communicating opioid addiction risks to patients using real-life narratives could be effective and low-cost.

Removing Pain Questions From Patient Experience of Care Surveys

Removing Pain Questions From Patient Experience of Care Surveys

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Pain management questions from patient satisfaction surveys have been used to influence Medicare reimbursement rates and have resulted in unintended consequences in light of the nation's opioid epidemic.

Rise Seen in Dangerous OTC Anti-diarrheal Abuse

Rise Seen in Dangerous OTC Anti-diarrheal Abuse

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Web forum discussions have seen a notable increase in concerns of loperamide abuse.

FDA Reconsidering Opioid Prescribing Training

FDA Reconsidering Opioid Prescribing Training

This week, an FDA committee of outside experts will meet to review risk-management plans in an effort to reduce opioids misuse.

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.

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.

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.

Cannabis Dependence: Genetic Factors Identified

Cannabis Dependence: Genetic Factors Identified

Genome-wide association ID'd three independent regions with single nucleotide polymorphisms.

ER Naltrexone Associated With Lower Rate of Opioid Relapse

ER Naltrexone Associated With Lower Rate of Opioid Relapse

Lower rate of relapse compared with usual treatment in trial involving criminal justice offenders.

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.

Legalized Marijuana: Are We Ready for the Consequences?

Legalized Marijuana: Are We Ready for the Consequences?

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Pot-related poison control calls and hospital discharges spike with wider availability.

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.

More New Yorkers Taking Opiates to Treat Back Pain

More New Yorkers Taking Opiates to Treat Back Pain

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New research suggests that more upstate New Yorkers with back pain are undergoing surgery and taking prescription opioids, despite the availability of noninvasive treatments.

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.

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?

Do Cannabis Tourists Need Point-of-Sale Education?

Do Cannabis Tourists Need Point-of-Sale Education?

After legalization, pot-related ER visits increased faster for visitors than for Colorado residents.

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.

New Educational Programs Help With Opioid Abuse, But Additional Measures Needed

New Educational Programs Help With Opioid Abuse, But Additional Measures Needed

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New educational programs are helping curb opioid abuse, but additional measures are needed to solve the epidemic.

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