Opioids

Opioids: Clinician Concern and Prescribing Practices

Opioids: Clinician Concern and Prescribing Practices

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Clinicians who are highly concerned about opioid misuse, addiction, and psychological dependence may be more confident but also more reluctant to prescribe opioids.

Addiction Medicine Consultation Improves Antibiotic Compliance in Patients with Opioid Use Disorders

Addiction Medicine Consultation Improves Antibiotic Compliance in Patients with Opioid Use Disorders

Patients with opioid use disorders who required hospitalization with lengthy antibiotic therapy had better outcomes with addiction medicine consultation.

Additional Measures Needed for a Comprehensive Public Health Approach to the Opioid Crisis

Additional Measures Needed for a Comprehensive Public Health Approach to the Opioid Crisis

In an effort to address the ongoing opioid crisis adequately, a set of measures complementing the current efforts at state and federal levels would need to be implemented for a more "coordinated and comprehensive approach" to the issue.

Updated Evidence-Based Recommendations for Buprenorphine Treatment

Updated Evidence-Based Recommendations for Buprenorphine Treatment

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Seven key practice areas for the use of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorders were updated with new evidence-based recommendations.

FDA Cracks Down on Companies Selling Dietary Supplements Containing Tianeptine

FDA Cracks Down on Companies Selling Dietary Supplements Containing Tianeptine

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While approved in Europe, Asia and Latin America, tianeptine is an unscheduled pharmaceutical agent in the US that has been linked to serious adverse events, including death, when used for recreational purposes.

Examining the Effect of State Laws Restricting Access to Methadone on Overdose Death Rates

Examining the Effect of State Laws Restricting Access to Methadone on Overdose Death Rates

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The law restricting access to medication-assisted treatment with methadone to opioid treatment programs may have contributed to reducing opioid-related overdose death rates in the United States.

FDA Panel Votes in Favor of Abuse-Deterrent Oxycodone Reformulation

FDA Panel Votes in Favor of Abuse-Deterrent Oxycodone Reformulation

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The vote was taken in a joint meeting of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.

The Unintended Consequences of the CDC Opioid Guideline According to Pain Management Specialists

The Unintended Consequences of the CDC Opioid Guideline According to Pain Management Specialists

The guideline formulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an effort to curb opioid overdose-related deaths included a recommendation for steep reductions in opioid doses for patients taking high doses of the drug for chronic pain.

Bill to Fight US Opioid Crisis Signed Into Law

Bill to Fight US Opioid Crisis Signed Into Law

A bipartisan bill meant to combat the United States' opioid abuse epidemic was signed into law on October 24, 2018.

CDC Guideline for Opioid Prescribing May Have Effectively Reduced Opioid Prescribing Practices

CDC Guideline for Opioid Prescribing May Have Effectively Reduced Opioid Prescribing Practices

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain" may have contributed to a further reduction in several opioid prescribing practices.

Rates of Concurrent Opioid, Sedative-Hypnotic Prescription Fills in Veterans

Rates of Concurrent Opioid, Sedative-Hypnotic Prescription Fills in Veterans

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A high percentage of post-9/11 veterans receiving Veterans Health Administration care were found to take concurrent prescription opioids and sedative hypnotics.

Failure of the Criminal Justice System to Accommodate Methadone Limits Addiction Recovery Among Incarcerated Individuals

Failure of the Criminal Justice System to Accommodate Methadone Limits Addiction Recovery Among Incarcerated Individuals

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Despite the positive effects, just 55% of federal prison medical directors report offering methadone, and even fewer offer buprenorphine.

Role of the Perioperative Surgical Home in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic

Role of the Perioperative Surgical Home in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic

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The integration of a Transitional Pain Service into a perioperative surgical home model could optimize perioperative pain control and opioid use, while reducing postdischarge hospital readmissions as well as the costs and disability linked to chronic postsurgical pain.

Does Robust Documentation Decrease Opioid Prescribing Rates?

Does Robust Documentation Decrease Opioid Prescribing Rates?

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Accurate, transparent documentation is key in ensuring safe and appropriate opioid prescribing.

FDA Outlines Plan for New Analgesic Guidance to Combat Opioid Crisis

FDA Outlines Plan for New Analgesic Guidance to Combat Opioid Crisis

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The new plan will break out the current guidance into 4 separate guidances.

DEA Proposal Will Significantly Cut Opioid Manufacturing in 2019

DEA Proposal Will Significantly Cut Opioid Manufacturing in 2019

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Last year, the DEA proposed a 20% reduction in the manufacturing of controlled substances for 2018 compared to 2017.

Researchers Question DEA Hydrocodone Schedule Change in Light of Postoperative Prescribing Practice Data

Researchers Question DEA Hydrocodone Schedule Change in Light of Postoperative Prescribing Practice Data

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The US Drug Enforcement Administration rescheduled hydrocodone-containing analgesics from schedule III to schedule II in October 2014.

Examining the Effect of Chronic Opioid Use on 2016 Presidential Voting Patterns

Examining the Effect of Chronic Opioid Use on 2016 Presidential Voting Patterns

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Chronic use of prescription opioids was correlated with support for the Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election.

Lowering Default Pill Counts in EMRs May Effectively Reduce Postoperative Opioid Prescription Numbers

Lowering Default Pill Counts in EMRs May Effectively Reduce Postoperative Opioid Prescription Numbers

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Lowering the default number of opioid pills prescribed in an electronic medical record system can significantly decrease the amount of opioid medication prescribed after procedures.

The Opioid Crisis: District by District

The Opioid Crisis: District by District

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Southern states have the 10 highest opioid prescribing rates in the country, while California, New York, and Virginia are among the bottom 10.

Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations: Barriers to Broader Use

Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations: Barriers to Broader Use

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Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations have not yet been widely accepted despite their proposed value in reducing opioid abuse and related mortality. Many of the current barriers to broader use are related to their higher cost compared with conventional formulations.

Integrating Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Diseases

Integrating Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Diseases

All healthcare providers have a role in combating the opioid use disorder epidemic and its infectious disease consequences.

Debunking Myths Around Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Debunking Myths Around Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

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Primary care office-based addiction treatment of opioid use disorder with buprenorphine is a realistic and scalable solution to address the overdose crisis in the United States.

Opioid Users More Likely to Have Complex Health Issues and Dealings With Criminal Justice System

Opioid Users More Likely to Have Complex Health Issues and Dealings With Criminal Justice System

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Individuals taking opioids were found to be more likely to report physical and mental health issues and to have more frequent dealings with the criminal justice system compared with individuals not taking opioids.

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

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A panel discussion event held at the US Food and Drug Administration gathered patients with chronic pain and FDA officials, to reconcile concerns around prescriptions of opioid medications with the needs of these patient populations.

Insurance Company Sets Goal of Reducing Opioid Overdoses by 25%

Insurance Company Sets Goal of Reducing Opioid Overdoses by 25%

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Through their predictive analytics, Cigna can identify customers most likely to suffer from an overdose and can prompt interventions.

NIH Initiative Aims to Address Opioid Misuse Over Long Term

NIH Initiative Aims to Address Opioid Misuse Over Long Term

The HEAL initiative is being developed to help end opioid addiction over the long term.

Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

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Electrical pulses are sent through small needles that are inserted in the ear to combat the early stages of detoxification, leading to stabilization.

Public Support Only Moderate for Opioid Harm Reduction Strategies

Public Support Only Moderate for Opioid Harm Reduction Strategies

High levels of stigmatizing attitudes were reported toward people who use opioids.

NDA for First-of-Its-Kind Opioid Analgesic Submitted to FDA

NDA for First-of-Its-Kind Opioid Analgesic Submitted to FDA

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NKTR-181 is a long-acting selective full mu-opioid agonist.

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