Opioid Addiction

DEA Announces All Illicit Fentanyl Analogues Will Be Subject to Criminal Prosecution

DEA Announces All Illicit Fentanyl Analogues Will Be Subject to Criminal Prosecution

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The announcement comes from the Department of Justice and will give the Drug Enforcement Agency the ability to take immediate action to stop illicit fentanyl from coming into the US.

Cannabis Use Associated With Relationship Between Pain and Negative Affect

Cannabis Use Associated With Relationship Between Pain and Negative Affect

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Frequent cannabis users enrolled in a Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction exhibit greater associations between pain and negative affects compared with less-frequent users.

Obama Administration Senior Policy Advisor and Addiction Expert on White House Initiative to Address the Opioid Crisis

Obama Administration Senior Policy Advisor and Addiction Expert on White House Initiative to Address the Opioid Crisis

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On October 30, 2017, the Clinton Foundation's Health Matters Initiative held a panel event at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for the release of a report co-written by these 2 organizations, titled "The Opioid Epidemic - From Evidence to Impact."

Opioid Crisis Declared Public Health Emergency by White House: Implications According to Pain Specialists

Opioid Crisis Declared Public Health Emergency by White House: Implications According to Pain Specialists

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On October 26, 2017, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.

Opioid Epidemic Declared National Emergency by White House

Opioid Epidemic Declared National Emergency by White House

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The opioid epidemic has been declared a national emergency by President Donald Trump, which means federal funding can be increased and directed toward treatment programs.

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Linked to Adverse Effects in Polyneuropathy

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Linked to Adverse Effects in Polyneuropathy

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Long-term treatment with opioids is associated with more adverse outcomes in patients with polyneuropathy, including depression, overdose, and opioid dependence.

Migraine Treatment: Are Opioids Overprescribed?

Migraine Treatment: Are Opioids Overprescribed?

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There are nearly as many migraine patients receiving opioids as there are patients receiving level A abortive medications.

Comprehensive Initiative Positively Impacts Opioid Prescribing

Comprehensive Initiative Positively Impacts Opioid Prescribing

After a comprehensive initiative to curb opioid prescribing, researchers identified reductions in all tracked outcomes, including a 30% decrease in prescribing opioids at high doses.

Tramadol Effective on Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Tramadol Effective on Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

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The extended-release formulation of tramadol was shown to be as effective as buprenorphine and more effective than clonidine for treating symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Screeners to Predict Opioid Misuse in Patients With Chronic Pain

Screeners to Predict Opioid Misuse in Patients With Chronic Pain

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Rates of opioid misuse and related overdoses have soared in recent years in the United States, highlighting the importance of screening tools to identify patients at high risk for adverse events from opioid use.

CDC: Opioid Rx Rate Remains High, Inconsistent in the US

CDC: Opioid Rx Rate Remains High, Inconsistent in the US

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The number of opioids prescribed in the US decreased between 2010 and 2015, but the overall rate remains high.

Strategies to Curb the Opioid Epidemic: A National Academies Report

Strategies to Curb the Opioid Epidemic: A National Academies Report

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Highlights from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report titled "Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use."

Buprenorphine Injections Effective on Opioid-Associated Euphoria and Withdrawal

Buprenorphine Injections Effective on Opioid-Associated Euphoria and Withdrawal

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Once-weekly subcutaneous buprenorphine injections block the euphoric effects of opioids and suppress opioid withdrawal in patients with opioid use disorder.

Opioid Prescriptions Remains High According to CDC

Opioid Prescriptions Remains High According to CDC

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According to the CDC, despite reductions in certain parts of the country, the amount of opioids being prescribed remains high compared with levels in 1999, with variations mostly seen at the county level.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Effectively Treated With Buprenorphine

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Effectively Treated With Buprenorphine

In infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome, sublingual buprenorphine reduced the duration of treatment and decreased the length of hospital stay.

Opioid Prescription Patterns in Patients With Back Pain and Depression

Opioid Prescription Patterns in Patients With Back Pain and Depression

Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses.

Strategies to Cut Opioid Overdoses, Deaths in Maryland

Strategies to Cut Opioid Overdoses, Deaths in Maryland

Strategies are being implemented to reduce opioid overdoses and deaths in Maryland.

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.

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.

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

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

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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

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

Patients Comfortable With PAs and NPs Initiating Opioid Replacement Therapy

Patients Comfortable With PAs and NPs Initiating Opioid Replacement Therapy

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

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

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

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

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.

Weight-Loss Drug May Help Curb Opiate Addiction

Weight-Loss Drug May Help Curb Opiate Addiction

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

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 Use Disorder Treatment in Teens

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Teens

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

Prescription Opioid Crisis: Public Health Response in Pennsylvania

Prescription Opioid Crisis: Public Health Response in Pennsylvania

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

Emergency Department-Initiated Buprenorphine/Naloxone Beneficial When Prolonged

Emergency Department-Initiated Buprenorphine/Naloxone Beneficial When Prolonged

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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.

Preventing and Managing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Preventing and Managing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

The article reviews the epidemiology, clinical features, outcomes, prevention strategies, risk identification and management NAS.

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