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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 CrisisNovember 07, 2017
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 SpecialistsOctober 27, 2017
On October 26, 2017, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.
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.
Co-prescribing naloxone with opioids may reduce opioid overdoses while playing a pivotal role in combating the nation's opioid addiction epidemic.
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.
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."
The majority of PA students and practicing PAs did not feel that their PA program adequately trained them to screen for opioid abuse.
Researchers reviewed studies that examined the role of emergency department doctors in the US opioid epidemic.
The article reviews the epidemiology, clinical features, outcomes, prevention strategies, risk identification and management NAS.
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
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.
Six building blocks for improving the delivery of chronic opioid therapy were proposed.
The initiatives explored include an opioid vaccine, medication take-back programs, local task forces, improving access to naloxone, and DEA requirements for e-prescribing.
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.
A collection of self-education resources are now available to address opioid misuse disorders.
The researchers noted that this increase in infective endocarditis in young adults may indicate a stable risk in a growing population of drug users or the appearance of certain behaviors within the younger subgroup of drug users that increase risks of infective endocarditis.
"We have 2 big epidemics and we have 2 problems; we need to solve those problems...with complex public health solutions, better drugs, and better practice—not simply constant downward pressure on prescribing," said Dr Passik.
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There is a lot of opportunity to improve on what can be offered to patients.
Do government efforts to curb opioid use play a role in the observed reduction of drug use?
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