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Detox vs Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy: Expert Roundtable

Detox vs Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy: Expert Roundtable

Based on current evidence, there is a strong consensus that medication-assisted treatment is recommended over detoxification in the treatment of opioid use disorder during pregnancy.

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Opioid Education Program Boosts PA Students' Confidence in Providing Patient Care

Opioid Education Program Boosts PA Students' Confidence in Providing Patient Care

PA students perceived improved confidence in their ability to provide patient education and counseling.

Patterns of Potential Misuse Help Assess Risk of Opioid Overdose

Patterns of Potential Misuse Help Assess Risk of Opioid Overdose

Researchers estimated how a range of patterns of potential opioid misuse relate to adverse outcomes during the next year.

Unit-Dose Packaging of Buprenorphine-Naloxone Effective on Unintentional Pediatric Exposure

Unit-Dose Packaging of Buprenorphine-Naloxone Effective on Unintentional Pediatric Exposure

Unit-dose packaging of buprenorphine-naloxone was associated with a reduced number of unintentional exposures of young children presenting to poison centers.

Naloxone Training Beneficial for PA Students

Naloxone Training Beneficial for PA Students

Opioid-specific health seminars may help PA students learn lifesaving treatments to perform in the future.

Supervised Injection Sites Hailed as the Latest Strategy to Fight the Opioid Crisis

Supervised Injection Sites Hailed as the Latest Strategy to Fight the Opioid Crisis

Although they are against the law, supervised injection sites are slated to open in Seattle, San Francisco, and Philadelphia in 2018.

Many Have Unused Opioids After Urologic Procedures

Many Have Unused Opioids After Urologic Procedures

Patients undergoing urological procedures use just over half of their initial prescription of opioids, on average.

Practice Intervention Targeting IV Opioids May Cut Exposure

Practice Intervention Targeting IV Opioids May Cut Exposure

Opioid use was compared between a six-month control period and three months following education for prescribers on opioid administration routes, focusing on awareness of the subcutaneous routes.

First Non-Opioid Drug Approved for Managing Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

First Non-Opioid Drug Approved for Managing Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Lucemyra, a selective alpha 2-adrenergic receptor agonist, works by reducing the release of norepinephrine and decreasing sympathetic tone.

Opioid-Related Payments Linked to Increase in Opioid Prescriptions

Opioid-Related Payments Linked to Increase in Opioid Prescriptions

Researchers examined the extent to which pharmaceutical industry marketing of opioid products to physicians during 2014 correlated with opioid prescribing in 2015.

Walmart Plans on Restricting Supply on Acute Opioid Prescription Fills

Walmart Plans on Restricting Supply on Acute Opioid Prescription Fills

For states that currently limit new acute opioid prescription fills to <7 days, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will follow that state law.

Lofexidine Effective for Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Lofexidine Effective for Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Investigators pooled data from 2 phase 3 placebo-controlled studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of lofexidine for opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Effect of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs on Fatal, Nonfatal Drug Overdoses

Effect of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs on Fatal, Nonfatal Drug Overdoses

Evidence allowing us to assess the benefits of and risks associated with prescription drug monitoring programs is insufficient.

Methadone Maintenance Therapy Associated With Greater Access to Physician Care in HCV-Positive Drug Users

Methadone Maintenance Therapy Associated With Greater Access to Physician Care in HCV-Positive Drug Users

The investigators suggest that enrollment in a methadone maintenance therapy program may be helpful in providing access to HCV care in people who inject drugs.

People With Opioid Use Disorder Have High Suicide Rate

People With Opioid Use Disorder Have High Suicide Rate

The researchers note that patients with chronic pain and those with mood disorders are more likely to receive opioid prescriptions and are also at greater risk for suicide.

Sources of Misused Opioids in Older Adults

Sources of Misused Opioids in Older Adults

Recent physician-prescribed opioids represent the main source of provenance of the drug in individuals age ≥65 years who misuse them.

Contribution of Synthetic Opioids to Drug Overdose Deaths

Contribution of Synthetic Opioids to Drug Overdose Deaths

Opioids were the leading contributor to drug overdose deaths between 2015 and 2016.

Prenatal Exposure to Opiates, Illicit Substances Associated With ADHD, Autism in Offspring

Prenatal Exposure to Opiates, Illicit Substances Associated With ADHD, Autism in Offspring

The results of this study suggest that children prenatally exposed to substances should receive early mental health assessment.

Measuring Serum Lactate to Facilitate Clinical Decision-Making for Drug Overdose in the ED

Measuring Serum Lactate to Facilitate Clinical Decision-Making for Drug Overdose in the ED

Clinical decision-making for patients admitted to the emergency department for acute drug overdose may be facilitated by measuring initial lactate concentration.

First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers

First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers

First lawsuit mentions three largest PBMs; PBMs likely to be increasingly targeted in litigation

Adults Using Benzodiazepines More Likely to Receive Opioid Prescription

Adults Using Benzodiazepines More Likely to Receive Opioid Prescription

New opioid prescriptions for U.S. adults using benzodiazepines stopped increasing in 2010, although the likelihood of receiving a prescription is still elevated versus the general population.