Opioid Use

Opioid Prescribing Suboptimal in Setting of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Opioid Prescribing Suboptimal in Setting of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

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Implementation of an enhanced recovery after surgery protocol resulted in an increase in opioid-free anesthesia and multimodal analgesia, but did not modify opioid prescribing practices.

Yoga Improves Health Outcomes in Veterans With Chronic Low Back Pain

Yoga Improves Health Outcomes in Veterans With Chronic Low Back Pain

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Yoga improved health outcomes in military veterans with chronic low back pain, including lowering their pain intensity.

Opioid Use Increases Risk of Cardiac Events in Older Patients With COPD

Opioid Use Increases Risk of Cardiac Events in Older Patients With COPD

Incident opioid drug use is associated with elevated rates of ischemic heart disease-related morbidity and mortality among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Teens Exposed to Prescription Opioids at Risk for Serious Outcomes

Teens Exposed to Prescription Opioids at Risk for Serious Outcomes

Teenagers with prescription opioid exposures are more likely to have health care facility admission and serious medical outcomes than younger children.

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.

Opioids vs NSAIDs Following Motor Vehicle Collision

Opioids vs NSAIDs Following Motor Vehicle Collision

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Opioids prescribed for pain following a motor vehicle collision do not reduce the likelihood of developing persistent pain.

Psychiatric Conditions Linked to Long-Term Opioid Use

Psychiatric Conditions Linked to Long-Term Opioid Use

Preexisting psychiatric and behavioral conditions and psychoactive medication use are associated with subsequent claims of prescription opioids.

Effect of Opioid Use on Exercise-Based Motivational Interviewing for Fibromyalgia

Effect of Opioid Use on Exercise-Based Motivational Interviewing for Fibromyalgia

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"Exercise-based motivational interviewing was associated with sustained clinical benefits 6 months after completion of therapy, but only for those who were not taking opioids."

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 Rx After Severe Injury Not Tied to Long-Term Use

Opioid Rx After Severe Injury Not Tied to Long-Term Use

Only 1 percent still took opioids one year after hospital discharge

Efficacy of Transdermal Analgesic in Reducing Pain Scores, Opioid Use

Efficacy of Transdermal Analgesic in Reducing Pain Scores, Opioid Use

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Preliminary results suggest that this transdermal analgesic is efficacious in reducing opioid use and pain scores in patients experiencing chronic neuropathy and musculoskeletal pain.

Older Adults Likely to Use High-Risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Older Adults Likely to Use High-Risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Almost 15% of older adults surveyed used high-risk methods for obtaining prescription opioids

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.

Monitoring Opioid Use in Real-Time With Wearable Device

Monitoring Opioid Use in Real-Time With Wearable Device

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Biosensors may be useful to detect episodes of opioid use in real time, and this ability could help manage pain during treatment.

Coprescribing Naloxone to Opioid Users Helps Reduce ER Visits

Coprescribing Naloxone to Opioid Users Helps Reduce ER Visits

Finding supports naloxone prescriptions for patients taking opioids for chronic pain

A Successful Multipronged Approach to Reduce Opioid Abuse

A Successful Multipronged Approach to Reduce Opioid Abuse

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Implementation of the Narcotic Safety Initiative has been successful in California one year after its launching.

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