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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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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.

Opioid Prescribing: Interventions to Improve Guideline Adherence

Opioid Prescribing: Interventions to Improve Guideline Adherence

A training program on opioid prescribing for general practice registrars was developed to improve adherence to guidelines on opioid prescribing for chronic noncancer pain.

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Teens

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Teens

Only a small percentage of adolescents undergoing treatment for severe opioid use disorders are receiving medication therapy to manage their condition.

Shorter Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire Validated

Shorter Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire Validated

An abbreviated version of the Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire (PMAQ-14) has been developed and tested.

Prescription Opioid Crisis: Public Health Response in Pennsylvania

Prescription Opioid Crisis: Public Health Response in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has adopted a multipronged approach to address the opioid crisis.

CDC Guideline on Prescribing Opioids: Some Major Concerns

CDC Guideline on Prescribing Opioids: Some Major Concerns

Dr Fudin discusses concerns he has regarding the CDC guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

How CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Affect PCPs

How CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Affect PCPs

Dr McCarberg reviewed each component of the guideline and explored how it may benefit or impede a PCP's ability to provide effective pain management.

Emergency Department-Initiated Buprenorphine/Naloxone Beneficial When Prolonged

Emergency Department-Initiated Buprenorphine/Naloxone Beneficial When Prolonged

Buprenorphine/naloxone treatment initiated in the emergency department and prolonged for 10 weeks in primary care improved treatment engagement and reduced opioid use compared with referral or brief intervention.

CDC Report on Fatal Drug Overdoses in the US

CDC Report on Fatal Drug Overdoses in the US

Drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled in the United States since 1999, with the largest increases seen for whites and middle-aged Americans.

Buprenorphine Effective in ER Patients With Opioid Addiction

Buprenorphine Effective in ER Patients With Opioid Addiction

Patients addicted to opioids treated in a hospital emergency department do better when they receive medication to reduce opioid cravings.

Psychosocial Factors Predict Analgesic Response to Morphine

Psychosocial Factors Predict Analgesic Response to Morphine

Psychosocial variables such as depression and anxiety predict the response to morphine analgesia in patients with low back pain.

Discontinuing Opioids in Patients With, Without Substance Use Disorders

Discontinuing Opioids in Patients With, Without Substance Use Disorders

Most patients (85%) who discontinued long-term opioid use did so because of a clinician's, rather than a patient decision.