Opioids

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.

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.

Opioid-Related Payments Linked to Increase in Opioid Rx

Opioid-Related Payments Linked to Increase in Opioid Rx

Findings suggest that opioid manufacturers should stop marketing to physicians in an effort to reduce opioid prescription rates.

Walmart Plans on Restricting Supply on Acute Opioid Prescription Fills

Walmart Plans on Restricting Supply on Acute Opioid Prescription Fills

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For states that currently limit new acute opioid prescription fills to <7 days, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will follow that state law.

First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers

First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers

A south Texas county included the 3 largest pharmacy benefit managers in a nationwide lawsuit focused on the opioid epidemic

Pharmacists Have Responsibility to Check Legitimacy of Opioid Rx

Pharmacists Have Responsibility to Check Legitimacy of Opioid Rx

Pharmacists should be aware that they are expected to take steps to make sure opioid prescriptions are written for legitimate medical purposes, and should document these efforts.

FDA: Social Media Companies Aren't Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

FDA: Social Media Companies Aren't Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

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A recent report from the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations detailed how subcommittee members found it 'easy' to find fentanyl, pay for it and have it shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Importance of Naloxone

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Importance of Naloxone

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In a statement, Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, said, "It is time to make sure more people have access to this lifesaving medication, because 77 percent of opioid overdose deaths occur outside of a medical setting and more than half occur at home."

Increasing Number of Benzodiazepine Prescriptions a Growing Threat in US

Increasing Number of Benzodiazepine Prescriptions a Growing Threat in US

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Much like opioids, benzodiazepines can be highly addictive over a short period of time and can result in the use of analogue drugs.

FDA: Kratom Analysis Identifies Structural Similarities to Opioid Analgesics

FDA: Kratom Analysis Identifies Structural Similarities to Opioid Analgesics

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To date, 44 deaths have been associated with the use of kratom.

Prescription Opioid Use Linked to Increased Satisfaction for Some Patients

Prescription Opioid Use Linked to Increased Satisfaction for Some Patients

Researchers sought to assess whether prescription opioid use is associated with satisfaction with care.

More Opioid Prescriptions Seen in Those With Lower Socioeconomic Indicators

More Opioid Prescriptions Seen in Those With Lower Socioeconomic Indicators

County-level socioeconomic factors are associated with opioid prescriptions among disabled Medicare beneficiaries.

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