Implementation of Florida’s House Bill 21 (HB21) in July 2018 has led to reductions in opioid use and changes in opioid prescribing practices across the state.
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Opioid deaths decreased during January to July 2018, while deaths from illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) increased during the same period.
A combination of gabapentin and opioids may not be more effective than opioids alone at alleviating chronic pain.
New educational programs are helping curb opioid abuse, but additional measures are needed to solve the epidemic.
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Investigators explored concerns with regard to opioid prescribing in compliance with new regulations in a commentary piece.
The CDC has issued guidelines for primary care providers who prescribe opioids for chronic pain.
Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to 3 days or less may help patients reduce their risk of dependence and addiction.
Review of 16 studies shows no effect on exercise capacity; no adverse effects reported.
Clinicians should get their patients tested for drugs before prescribing them opioid or benzodiazepine medications—and on a regular basis when patients are on those drugs—as drug-drug interactions may be associated with risks.
The number of opioids prescribed in the US decreased between 2010 and 2015, but the overall rate remains high.