Opioid Overdose

Illicit Fentanyl Linked to More Than Half of US Overdose Deaths

Illicit Fentanyl Linked to More Than Half of US Overdose Deaths

Fentanyl was detected in more than half of the 5152 opioid overdose deaths in 10 states from July through December of 2016.

Walgreens to Carry Naloxone in All Pharmacies to Combat Drug Abuse

Walgreens to Carry Naloxone in All Pharmacies to Combat Drug Abuse

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Narcan Nasal Spray, an opioid antagonist, is indicated for the reversal of known or suspected opioid overdose, including respiratory and/or central nervous system depression.

Balanced Pain Management and Overdose Prevention Strategies

Balanced Pain Management and Overdose Prevention Strategies

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At PAINWeek 2017, the president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators discussed ways to balance pain management needs and overdose prevention measures.

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.

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."

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.

Majority of Opioid Rx for Patients With Mental Disorders

Majority of Opioid Rx for Patients With Mental Disorders

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More than half of all opioids prescribed in the United States are for patients who have a mental health disorder.

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.

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.

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.

How CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Affect PCPs

How CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Affect PCPs

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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.

CDC Report: Risks of Death in Rural America

CDC Report: Risks of Death in Rural America

Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from 5 leading causes than people who live in urban locations.

Naloxone Price Hikes Affecting Efforts to Combat Opioid-Related Deaths?

Naloxone Price Hikes Affecting Efforts to Combat Opioid-Related Deaths?

Should the government do more to ensure that naloxone is affordable?

The Clinton Foundation's Work to Expand Access to Naloxone

The Clinton Foundation's Work to Expand Access to Naloxone

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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.

FDA Holding App Development Contest To Increase Naloxone Accessibility

FDA Holding App Development Contest To Increase Naloxone Accessibility

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No application is currently available to connect carriers of naloxone with nearby opioid overdose victims.

The Issues With the CDC Guidelines on Opioids for Chronic Pain, According to AAPM's Director

The Issues With the CDC Guidelines on Opioids for Chronic Pain, According to AAPM's Director

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Dr Twillman extensively emphasized the fact that these CDC guidelines are expert- and not evidence-based.

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

Health experts note that opioids are prescribed too often, possibly because of poor training

Long-Term Use More Likely With Opioids vs NSAIDs for Low Back Pain

Long-Term Use More Likely With Opioids vs NSAIDs for Low Back Pain

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Researchers identified patterns of opioid and NSAID use among patients with low back pain.

Behavioral Interventions in the ED Can Reduce Risk of Opioid Overdose

Behavioral Interventions in the ED Can Reduce Risk of Opioid Overdose

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Combination of a motivational interviewing and enhanced brochures successful in reducing behaviors associated with opioid overdose.

Daily Pain Variations: A Weak Link to Opioid Craving

Daily Pain Variations: A Weak Link to Opioid Craving

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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.

Why the Rise in Prescription Drug Overdoses?

Why the Rise in Prescription Drug Overdoses?

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Between 2001 and 2014, there was a five-fold increase in the number of overdose deaths from benzodiazepines.

FDA Announces Enhanced Warning Labels on Opioid Pain Medications

FDA Announces Enhanced Warning Labels on Opioid Pain Medications

New labeling rules mostly aimed at immediate-release versions of opioids.

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