Opioid Epidemic

Debunking Myths Around Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Debunking Myths Around Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

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Primary care office-based addiction treatment of opioid use disorder with buprenorphine is a realistic and scalable solution to address the overdose crisis in the United States.

Predictors of Opioid Overdose in High-Risk Users

Predictors of Opioid Overdose in High-Risk Users

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Having a hepatitis C virus infection, witnessing a friend or others experiencing a drug overdose, and having a history of frequent buprenorphine treatment are factors that may predict the risk for opioid drug overdose in high-risk opioid users.

Emergency Physicians Offer Recommendations for Identifying and Managing Opioid Use Disorder

Emergency Physicians Offer Recommendations for Identifying and Managing Opioid Use Disorder

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American emergency medicine physicians have been taking measures to address the ongoing opioid crisis, which affects emergency departments throughout the country.

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

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A panel discussion event held at the US Food and Drug Administration gathered patients with chronic pain and FDA officials, to reconcile concerns around prescriptions of opioid medications with the needs of these patient populations.

NIH Initiative Aims to Address Opioid Misuse Over Long Term

NIH Initiative Aims to Address Opioid Misuse Over Long Term

A novel, innovative initiative is being developed to help end addiction over the long term, according to a viewpoint article published online June 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Greater Number of Opioid Prescribers Associated With Higher Overdose Risk

Greater Number of Opioid Prescribers Associated With Higher Overdose Risk

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Among the patterns that may increase the risk for opioid overdose, receiving opioids from >1 vs 1 prescriber/pharmacy is predominant.

Opioid Epidemic Associated With Increase in Recovery of Organs for Transplantation

Opioid Epidemic Associated With Increase in Recovery of Organs for Transplantation

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The number of transplants of organs from brain-dead donors has risen sharply in the United States, primarily due to the increase in mortality associated with the drug-abuse epidemic.

Walmart Plans on Restricting Supply on Acute Opioid Prescription Fills

Walmart Plans on Restricting Supply on Acute Opioid Prescription Fills

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For states that currently limit new acute opioid prescription fills to <7 days, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will follow that state law.

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

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April 28, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

How the City of San Francisco Is Tackling the Intertwined HIV/HCV and Opioid Epidemics

How the City of San Francisco Is Tackling the Intertwined HIV/HCV and Opioid Epidemics

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Katie Burk, MPH, presented measures undertaken by the city of San Francisco to provide integrated responses to the concurrent HIV/HCV and opioid public health epidemics.

Tackling the Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder Crises Through Public-Private Partnerships

Tackling the Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder Crises Through Public-Private Partnerships

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Partnerships between public and private entities could expedite the development of nonaddictive pain therapies and other strategies to address the dual crises of chronic pain and opioid use disorder.

Pediatric ICU Admissions for Opioid Ingestion Continue to Rise

Pediatric ICU Admissions for Opioid Ingestion Continue to Rise

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In this retrospective analysis of the Pediatric Health Information System database, investigators obtained data on pediatric hospitalizations for opioid exposure in the US between 2004 and 2015.

FDA: Social Media Companies Aren't Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

FDA: Social Media Companies Aren't Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

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A recent report from the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations detailed how subcommittee members found it 'easy' to find fentanyl, pay for it and have it shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative by NIH Launched to Address Opioid Epidemic

Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative by NIH Launched to Address Opioid Epidemic

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National Institutes of Health Director, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, announced on April 4, 2018 the launch of the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative.

Opioid Epidemic Response May Restrict Cancer-Related Pain Management

Opioid Epidemic Response May Restrict Cancer-Related Pain Management

Although much of the response to the opioid epidemic exempts treatment for cancer-related pain, a recent Oncology Nurse Advisor online survey showed that more than 80% of respondents were concerned about how current restrictions set up to manage the opioid crisis are affecting cancer patient pain management.

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.

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