Opioids

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.

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.

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.

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.

Specific Gene May Explain Need for Higher Doses of Methadone

Specific Gene May Explain Need for Higher Doses of Methadone

This specific gene affects patients with African ancestry.

Increasing Trend in Number of Infants Born to Women Using Opioids

Increasing Trend in Number of Infants Born to Women Using Opioids

Few treatment programs deal with substance abuse in expectant moms, this federal report says.

Satisfaction Influenced by Patient Perception of Provider Concerns

Satisfaction Influenced by Patient Perception of Provider Concerns

Findings were from private practice pain management clinics for opioid patients.

Opioid Prescribing for Dummies

Opioid Prescribing for Dummies

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We marginalize people in pain to the point where shooting up black tar heroin under a freeway overpass makes the most sense to them.

Fatal Drug Overdose Rates Spike in the US

Fatal Drug Overdose Rates Spike in the US

Prescription opioids and heroin lead the increase, according to the latest government data.

Opioid-Related Hospitalizations Rising Sharply in US

Opioid-Related Hospitalizations Rising Sharply in US

Admissions due to heroin and prescription opioids rose 64% over a decade.

Five Initiatives That Aim to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Five Initiatives That Aim to Address the Opioid Epidemic

These involve an opioid vaccine, medication take-back programs, local task forces, improving access to naloxone and DEA requirements for e-prescribing.

Opioid-Related Deaths May Increase As Naloxone Prices Soar

Opioid-Related Deaths May Increase As Naloxone Prices Soar

Investigators identify some strategies for ensuring the drug's availability.

Discussion of Opioid Use Risks Associated with Reduced Misuse

Discussion of Opioid Use Risks Associated with Reduced Misuse

There was a 60% lower rate of saving of pills among patients who talked to their doctor about risks.

Resources Available by Physicians to Help Curb Opioid Epidemic

Resources Available by Physicians to Help Curb Opioid Epidemic

This includes a webinar on patient shame that forms part of the Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies.

Opioid Overdosing in Children and Teens Rising Dramatically

Opioid Overdosing in Children and Teens Rising Dramatically

This study has found that from 1997 to 2012, 1.3% of children that were hospitalized for opioid overdose had died.

Opioid Use During Treatment in Traumatic Injuries Not Tied to Long-Term Use

Opioid Use During Treatment in Traumatic Injuries Not Tied to Long-Term Use

This study has found that only 1% of post-traumatic injury patients still took opioids 1 year after their hospital discharge.

DEA Plans to Decrease Production of Schedule II Opioid Medications in 2017

DEA Plans to Decrease Production of Schedule II Opioid Medications in 2017

The DEA has said that there will be a reduction in the amount of opioid controlled substances manufactured in 2017.

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