Opioid Prescribing

Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Prescribing Rates

Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Prescribing Rates

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Implementing medical or adult-use marijuana laws may reduce the rate of opioid prescribing for Medicaid enrollees.

Opioid Prescribing Trends in Patients With, Without Cancer

Opioid Prescribing Trends in Patients With, Without Cancer

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Individuals with and without cancer may be affected in a similar manner by concerns surrounding opioids that have led to reductions in their prescribing.

Opioid Prescribing Trends in the Veterans Health Administration

Opioid Prescribing Trends in the Veterans Health Administration

Opioid prescribing trends in the Veterans Health Administration from 2010 to 2016 followed similar trajectories as non-VHA settings, peaking around 2012 then declining.

Opioid Prescriptions After Surgery: Parameters to Blame for Misuse

Opioid Prescriptions After Surgery: Parameters to Blame for Misuse

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Prescription opioid duration — not dosage — following surgery may be associated with a greater risk for opioid misuse in patients with no prior history of opioid use.

Electronic Medical Record "Nudge" May Shape Opioid Prescribing Behavior in the ED

Electronic Medical Record "Nudge" May Shape Opioid Prescribing Behavior in the ED

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Implementation of electronic medical record default opioid prescriptions of 10 tablets of 5 mg oxycodone/325 mg acetaminophen at discharge from the ED may be associated with an increased percentage of prescriptions for 10 tablets, compared with no default.

Potential Opioid Overprescription May Be Common After Most Surgical Procedures

Potential Opioid Overprescription May Be Common After Most Surgical Procedures

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Opioids may be overprescribed frequently after surgery in most specialties.

Lower Socioeconomic Indicators Linked to Increase in Opioid Prescriptions

Lower Socioeconomic Indicators Linked to Increase in Opioid Prescriptions

Among disabled Medicare beneficiaries, county-level socioeconomic factors are associated with opioid prescriptions, with more prescriptions seen with lower socioeconomic indicators.

Expert Consensus on Managing Concerning Behaviors in Patients on Long-Term Opioids

Expert Consensus on Managing Concerning Behaviors in Patients on Long-Term Opioids

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Patient education and information gathering are important initial approaches to managing concerning behaviors such as missing appointments or taking more opioid medication than prescribed.

Opioid Prescribing vs Consumption Following Rhinoplasty

Opioid Prescribing vs Consumption Following Rhinoplasty

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Patients used only 40% of the hydrocodone-acetaminophen combination tablets prescribed to them following rhinoplasty.

Joint Commission Provides Insights Into Current Opioid Prescribing Trends, Pain Management

Joint Commission Provides Insights Into Current Opioid Prescribing Trends, Pain Management

The Joint Commission has provided insight into trends in opioid prescriptions over the last 3 decades, as well as current quality and safety problems in acute pain management.

Personalized Opioid Dosing Suggested Following Hysterectomy

Personalized Opioid Dosing Suggested Following Hysterectomy

Gynecologists prescribe about twice the amount of opioids than patients use after hysterectomy for benign, nonobstetric indications.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: How Effective Are They?

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: How Effective Are They?

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Although the registration to prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was shown to lead to statewide declines in high-risk opioid prescriptions, these declines were similar to those observed in non-PDMP registrants.

PAINWeek 2017: Advice for Clinicians Dealing With Opioid Prescribing Constraints

PAINWeek 2017: Advice for Clinicians Dealing With Opioid Prescribing Constraints

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Dr Zacharoff provided advice for clinicians dealing with fluid guidelines and constraints regarding opioid prescribing.

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.

Opioid Use Patterns in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Opioid Use Patterns in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Longitudinal opioid prescribing patterns suggest that regular use among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is slightly declining.

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.

Opioid/Benzodiazepine Combination Increases Risk of Overdose

Opioid/Benzodiazepine Combination Increases Risk of Overdose

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Concurrent benzodiazepine and opioid use increased by 80% between 2001 and 2013 in the United States and significantly contributes to the overall population risk of opioid overdose.

Initial Opioid Prescription May Affect Long-Term Use

Initial Opioid Prescription May Affect Long-Term Use

Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to 3 days or less may help patients reduce their risk of dependence and addiction.

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.

Opioid Prescribing: Interventions to Improve Guideline Adherence

Opioid Prescribing: Interventions to Improve Guideline Adherence

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A training program on opioid prescribing for general practice registrars was developed to improve adherence to guidelines on opioid prescribing for chronic noncancer pain.

A Psychologist's Advice for Dealing With Difficult Patients

A Psychologist's Advice for Dealing With Difficult Patients

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Anthony Mariano, PhD, provided guidance for clinicians for tapering patients off opioids.

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) has issued updated opioid prescribing guidelines for the management of patients with chronic, non-cancer pain.

New Prescribing Information Released for Hundreds of FDA-Approved Opioids

New Prescribing Information Released for Hundreds of FDA-Approved Opioids

Throughout 2016, the FDA has announced requirements for manufacturers to create new product labeling information for a variety of opioid medications.

Effects of Prescribing Trends on the Opioid Epidemic

Effects of Prescribing Trends on the Opioid Epidemic

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Limited information has been published on institutional determinants of prescribing opioids and their possible relationship to the opioid epidemic.

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.

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