At PAINWeek 2017, the president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators discussed ways to balance pain management needs and overdose prevention measures.
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.
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."
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.
More than half of all opioids prescribed in the United States are for patients who have a mental health disorder.
Polyneuropathy may increase the likelihood of patients receiving long-term opioid therapy.
Researchers reviewed studies that examined the role of emergency department doctors in the US opioid epidemic.
Pennsylvania has adopted a multipronged approach to address the opioid crisis.
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.
Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from 5 leading causes than people who live in urban locations.
Should the government do more to ensure that naloxone is affordable?
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, a branch of the Clinton Foundation, in partnership with Adapt Pharma, recently announced the distribution of 10 000 doses of Narcan nasal spray.
No application is currently available to connect carriers of naloxone with nearby opioid overdose victims.
Dr Twillman extensively emphasized the fact that these CDC guidelines are expert- and not evidence-based.
Health experts note that opioids are prescribed too often, possibly because of poor training
Researchers identified patterns of opioid and NSAID use among patients with low back pain.
Combination of a motivational interviewing and enhanced brochures successful in reducing behaviors associated with opioid overdose.
Craving is known to be influenced by patient-specific variables such as sex, negative affect, and history of SUD,but few studies have examined the impact of day-to-day changes in pain intensity.
Between 2001 and 2014, there was a five-fold increase in the number of overdose deaths from benzodiazepines.
New labeling rules mostly aimed at immediate-release versions of opioids.
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