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Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) has issued updated opioid prescribing guidelines for the management of patients with chronic, non-cancer pain.

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A Fifth of Bariatric Surgery Patients Using Opioids 7 Years Later

A Fifth of Bariatric Surgery Patients Using Opioids 7 Years Later

About 20% of U.S. bariatric surgery patients are still using prescription opioids 7 years later.

Discrepancies in Subjective vs Objective Sleep in Patients Receiving Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder

Discrepancies in Subjective vs Objective Sleep in Patients Receiving Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder

Patients receiving buprenorphine maintenance therapy for their opioid use disorder may have impaired sleep, despite their reports of improved quality and duration of sleep.

Opioid Misuse After Cesarean Section

Opioid Misuse After Cesarean Section

Women are routinely prescribed more opioid medications than they need after cesarean sections, creating a high risk for misuse.

FDA to Remove Pain Drug from the Market

FDA to Remove Pain Drug from the Market

The FDA has requested the removal of reformulated Opana ER (oxymorphone HCl; Endo) from the market.

Long-Term Opioids Associated With Worse Functional Status, Adverse Events in Polyneuropathy

Long-Term Opioids Associated With Worse Functional Status, Adverse Events in Polyneuropathy

Polyneuropathy may increase the likelihood of patients receiving long-term opioid therapy.

HCV Transmission Knowledge Among Opioid-Dependent Pregnant Patients

HCV Transmission Knowledge Among Opioid-Dependent Pregnant Patients

Most opioid-dependent pregnant patients understand that intravenous drug use is a major transmission modality of hepatitis C virus.

Need for More Focus on Opioid Prescribing Practices in PA Programs

Need for More Focus on Opioid Prescribing Practices in PA Programs

The majority of PA students and practicing PAs did not feel that their PA program adequately trained them to screen for opioid abuse.

Patients Comfortable With PAs and NPs Initiating Opioid Replacement Therapy

Patients Comfortable With PAs and NPs Initiating Opioid Replacement Therapy

Patients with opioid addiction are comfortable with PAs and NPs initiating and maintaining their opiate replacement therapy.

High Mortality In Patients With Opioid Use Disorder In General Healthcare Setting

High Mortality In Patients With Opioid Use Disorder In General Healthcare Setting

A recent study found high rates of mortality and morbidity in patients with opioid use disorder in a large healthcare system.

Buprenorphine Beneficial in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Buprenorphine Beneficial in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Sublingual buprenorphine is associated with shorter duration of treatment than oral morphine for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Increased Rates of New Persistent Opioid Use After Minor and Major Surgery

Increased Rates of New Persistent Opioid Use After Minor and Major Surgery

Elevated rates of new persistent opioid use were found in patients undergoing both minor and major surgical procedures.

Naloxone: Policies and Access

Policies have helped make naloxone more available, thus contributing to the reduction of opioid-related deaths in the U.S.

Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy Dismissed

Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy Dismissed

U.S. Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy, MD, has been removed by the Trump White House and his position filled on a temporary basis.

Is Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia Lessened by Switching to Buprenorphine?

Is Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia Lessened by Switching to Buprenorphine?

Changes in several measures of pain in patients suspected of opioid-induced hyperalgesia were observed after transitioning from opioids to buprenorphine.

Opioid/Benzodiazepine Combination Increases Risk of Overdose

Opioid/Benzodiazepine Combination Increases Risk of Overdose

Concurrent benzodiazepine and opioid use increased by 80% between 2001 and 2013 in the United States and significantly contributes to the overall population risk of opioid overdose.

Weight-Loss Drug May Help Curb Opiate Addiction

Weight-Loss Drug May Help Curb Opiate Addiction

A prescription weight-loss drug reduced the urge to use opiates like oxycodone.

Substance Use Disorders: Treatment Recommendations

Substance Use Disorders: Treatment Recommendations

Substance Use Disorder is a chronic medical condition, and should be treated like one.

Teens Exposed to Prescription Opioids at Risk for Serious Outcomes

Teens Exposed to Prescription Opioids at Risk for Serious Outcomes

Teenagers with prescription opioid exposures are more likely to have health care facility admission and serious medical outcomes than younger children.

ED Physicians' Role In Opioid Misuse

ED Physicians' Role In Opioid Misuse

Researchers reviewed studies that examined the role of emergency department doctors in the US opioid epidemic.

Initial Opioid Prescription May Affect Long-Term Use

Initial Opioid Prescription May Affect Long-Term Use

Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to 3 days or less may help patients reduce their risk of dependence and addiction.