Opioids

FDA: Once-Monthly Injection Approved for Opioid Use Disorder

FDA: Once-Monthly Injection Approved for Opioid Use Disorder

Buprenorphine has been shown to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and the desire to use opioids.

State-Level Declarations of Opioid Emergency Raise Public Awareness of Addiction

State-Level Declarations of Opioid Emergency Raise Public Awareness of Addiction

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With opioid-related mortality rates on the rise, most states have enacted specific policies aimed at reducing prescriptions for these medications.

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

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The FDA has approved a device designed to provide relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms when placed behind the ear.

Addiction Policy Expert From Obama Administration Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

Addiction Policy Expert From Obama Administration Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

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Keith Humphreys, PhD, who served as senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration, shared his views on the opioid epidemic.

Do Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Influence Opioid Prescribing?

Do Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Influence Opioid Prescribing?

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

Fentanyl Detected in Over Half of Drug Overdose Deaths in 2016

Fentanyl Detected in Over Half of Drug Overdose Deaths in 2016

Carfentanil, furanylfentanyl, and acetylfentanyl were the fentanyl analogs identified most frequently, and fentanyl analogs were present in more than 10% of opioid overdose deaths in 4 states.

Effects of Medicare Opioid Formulary Coverage Restrictions for 2006 to 2015

Effects of Medicare Opioid Formulary Coverage Restrictions for 2006 to 2015

Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization to restrict daily allowable prescribed dosing of opioids.

ACA Repeal: The Effect on America's Opioid Epidemic

ACA Repeal: The Effect on America's Opioid Epidemic

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About one-third of those who fail to seek treatment for substance abuse do so because of cost or lack of insurance coverage.

Decline Observed for Prescription Opioid-Related Hospital Discharges

Decline Observed for Prescription Opioid-Related Hospital Discharges

Prescription opioid-related inpatient and emergency department discharges have decreased since 2010, while heroin-related discharges have increased sharply since 2008.

FDA: Manufacturers of Immediate-Release Opioids Must Provide Clinician Prescribing Training

FDA: Manufacturers of Immediate-Release Opioids Must Provide Clinician Prescribing Training

In an effort to halt the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, US regulators are requiring manufacturers to provide extensive training to doctors.

Self-Stigma Higher in Patients With Prior History of Detoxification Care

Self-Stigma Higher in Patients With Prior History of Detoxification Care

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Self-stigma and perceived stigma were shown to be highest among people with opioid use disorders who have have recently injected drugs or who have previously entered detoxification programs.

Communication Campaign Launched by CDC to Address Opioid Epidemic

Communication Campaign Launched by CDC to Address Opioid Epidemic

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a communication campaign featuring accounts of people recovering from opioid use disorder, and those who have lost someone to opioid overdose, in an effort to fight the prescription overdose epidemic.

Are Abuse-Deterrent Opioids the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?

Are Abuse-Deterrent Opioids the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?

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The most effective solution to the opioid crisis may not be abuse-deterrent opioid formulations, according to an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Virtual Reality: Is This a More Palatable Treatment for Chronic Pain?

Virtual Reality: Is This a More Palatable Treatment for Chronic Pain?

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Virtual reality is on the verge of revolutionizing pain management, and may offer a new way to combat the opioid crisis.

Clinicians May be Overprescribing Gabapentinoids for Pain

Clinicians May be Overprescribing Gabapentinoids for Pain

Clinicians may be overprescribing gabapentiboids in part as a response to the opioid epidemic.

Physicians Are Still Prescribing Too Many Opioids in the US

Physicians Are Still Prescribing Too Many Opioids in the US

More than 1 out of 3 average Americans used a prescription opioid in 2015, despite growing concerns these medications are promoting addiction and overdose deaths.

Comprehensive Initiative Has Positive Impact on Opioid Prescribing

Comprehensive Initiative Has Positive Impact on Opioid Prescribing

A comprehensive initiative, including creation of prescribing and dispensing policies, can have a positive impact on opioid prescribing.

Are Prescribing Habits to Blame? A Closer Look at the Opioid Epidemic

Are Prescribing Habits to Blame? A Closer Look at the Opioid Epidemic

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It really shouldn't take a jarring New Yorker piece to make the opioid epidemic, or my role in it, real.

Hospitalists Must Lead Change in Opioid Treatment

Hospitalists Must Lead Change in Opioid Treatment

Hospitalists must use opioids judiciously, including adhering to specific dose limits, setting expectations, and initiating evidence-based treatment.

Errors Occur in 89% of Handwritten Opioid Prescriptions

Errors Occur in 89% of Handwritten Opioid Prescriptions

Researchers found that errors occur in 89% of handwritten prescriptions and 0% of EHR-computer generated prescriptions.

Maryland Implements Strategies to Curb Opioid Overdose and Death Rates

Maryland Implements Strategies to Curb Opioid Overdose and Death Rates

Strategies include training in screening, interventions, and referrals to treatment.

Referencing Prior Patient Drug History Reduces Opioid Abuse Rates

Referencing Prior Patient Drug History Reduces Opioid Abuse Rates

Opioid abuse went down when physicians are legally obligated to check a patient's drug history.

Updated AMA Recommendations for Doctors on Proper Opioid Storage and Disposal

Updated AMA Recommendations for Doctors on Proper Opioid Storage and Disposal

Experts recommend these three steps to reduce non-medical uses of the drugs.

Possible Underestimation of Opioid-Related Mortality Rates in America

Possible Underestimation of Opioid-Related Mortality Rates in America

Death certificates from drug-linked infections may not label opioids as a possible cause.

Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis Offered by Trump Administration

Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis Offered by Trump Administration

The money will train health professionals and foster prescription drug monitoring programs.

Prescription Opioid Use Among US Teens Recently Declining

Prescription Opioid Use Among US Teens Recently Declining

Lifetime prevalence of use peaked in 1989, 2002, and stable until a decline in 2013 to 2015.

Overdose Risk Increases in Children Whose Mothers Have Prescribed Opioids

Overdose Risk Increases in Children Whose Mothers Have Prescribed Opioids

This second study finds that opioids are stored unsafely in many households with children.

Doctors Urged Not to Punish Pregnant Women Using Opioids

Doctors Urged Not to Punish Pregnant Women Using Opioids

Better prevention and treatment, not jail time, would lower the surge in drug-addicted newborns.

Physician Opioid Prescription Patterns Risk Long-Term Patient Use

Physician Opioid Prescription Patterns Risk Long-Term Patient Use

Patients are 30% more likely to abuse opioids if their ER physician prescribes them frequently.

Louisiana and Utah Eases Access to Naloxone

Louisiana and Utah Eases Access to Naloxone

Standing orders for naloxone allow it to be dispensed without prescriptions.

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