Opioid Epidemic

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.

CVS to Limit Opioids Dispensed to Opioid-Naive Patients to a 7-day Supply

CVS to Limit Opioids Dispensed to Opioid-Naive Patients to a 7-day Supply

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At the pharmacy level, a greater emphasis will be placed on counseling to help patients understand the risks associated with opioid use based on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Naloxone Co-Prescribing to Fight Opioid Overdoses: An AMA Recommendation

Naloxone Co-Prescribing to Fight Opioid Overdoses: An AMA Recommendation

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Co-prescribing naloxone with opioids may reduce opioid overdoses while playing a pivotal role in combating the nation's opioid addiction epidemic.

Virtual Reality for Pain Management: A Weapon Against the Opioid Epidemic?

Virtual Reality for Pain Management: A Weapon Against the Opioid Epidemic?

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Virtual reality is on the verge of revolutionizing pain management, including on the chronic pain front, and may offer a new way to combat the opioid crisis.

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."

Need for More Focus on Opioid Prescribing Practices in PA Programs

Need for More Focus on Opioid Prescribing Practices in PA Programs

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

ED Physicians' Role In Opioid Misuse

ED Physicians' Role In Opioid Misuse

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

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.

Naltrexone vs Buprenorphine to Treat Opioid Dependence

Naltrexone vs Buprenorphine to Treat Opioid Dependence

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An 8-day detoxification process using low-dose oral naltrexone showed superior efficacy to the standard 15-day approach that uses an agonist taper leading to induction with extended-release naltrexone

Number of Women Using Opioids During Pregnancy Up

Number of Women Using Opioids During Pregnancy Up

Over a decade, there was a nearly 5-fold increase in the number of infants born each year to American women who used opioids during the pregnancy.

Strategies for Primary Care Clinics to Improve Opioid Treatment

Strategies for Primary Care Clinics to Improve Opioid Treatment

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Six building blocks for improving the delivery of chronic opioid therapy were proposed.

5 Initiatives To Address the Opioid Epidemic

5 Initiatives To Address the Opioid Epidemic

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The initiatives explored include an opioid vaccine, medication take-back programs, local task forces, improving access to naloxone, and DEA requirements for e-prescribing.

Expert Feedback on the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

Expert Feedback on the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

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If we invest in providing addiction treatment that is evidence-based and fundamentally invested in the dignity of every person who needs that treatment, a lot more people are going to find themselves ready to seek it out.

AMA-Supported Training Resources to Address Opioid Disorders

AMA-Supported Training Resources to Address Opioid Disorders

A collection of self-education resources are now available to address opioid misuse disorders.

Opioid-Related Infectious Endocarditis Increasing In Young Women, Whites

Opioid-Related Infectious Endocarditis Increasing In Young Women, Whites

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The researchers noted that this increase in infective endocarditis in young adults may indicate a stable risk in a growing population of drug users or the appearance of certain behaviors within the younger subgroup of drug users that increase risks of infective endocarditis.

PAINWeek 2016 Keynote Address: Are Physicians Facing More Than 1 Epidemic?

PAINWeek 2016 Keynote Address: Are Physicians Facing More Than 1 Epidemic?

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"We have 2 big epidemics and we have 2 problems; we need to solve those problems...with complex public health solutions, better drugs, and better practice—not simply constant downward pressure on prescribing," said Dr Passik.

Clinicians: Take the Surgeon General's Pledge to End the Opioid Crisis

Clinicians: Take the Surgeon General's Pledge to End the Opioid Crisis

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Clinicians, you can join the movement at http://turnthetiderx.org/join/

A Pain Clinician's Perspective on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

A Pain Clinician's Perspective on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

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There is a lot of opportunity to improve on what can be offered to patients.

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades

Do government efforts to curb opioid use play a role in the observed reduction of drug use?

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