Opioid Misuse

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.

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.

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

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

CDC Guideline on Prescribing Opioids: Some Major Concerns

CDC Guideline on Prescribing Opioids: Some Major Concerns

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

Discontinuing Opioids in Patients With, Without Substance Use Disorders

Discontinuing Opioids in Patients With, Without Substance Use Disorders

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

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.

A One-Stop Shop for Physicians to Address Opioid Misuse

A One-Stop Shop for Physicians to Address Opioid Misuse

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Based on available evidence and guidelines, Dr Gudin recommends HCPs use a "stepwise approach" when first designing a treatment plan for patients with chronic pain.

Public Health and Prevention of Opioid Misuse

Public Health and Prevention of Opioid Misuse

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"Ultimately, the goal is to turn our clinics into research laboratories where every single patient is characterized," noted Dr Mackey.

Managing Chronic Pain During the Opioid Overuse Epidemic

Managing Chronic Pain During the Opioid Overuse Epidemic

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A high level of comorbidity exists between substance use disorders and chronic pain.

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