August 14, 2018 A Johns Hopkins expert panel of health care providers and patients have announced what is, to their knowledge, the nation’s first set of operation-specific opioid prescribing guidelines. The guidelines are based on the premise that opioid prescribing limits should be based on the operation performed rather than a blanket approach. The ranges […]Continue Reading ...
US doctors issued nearly 200 million prescriptions for OxyContin, pictured, and other opioid painkiller last year, the American Medical Association said US doctors reduced the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers last year, continuing a five-year trend, in an effort to reverse a deadly drug abuse epidemic, a report released Thursday said. The American Medical […]Continue Reading ...
August 7, 2018 Medications that physicians have traditionally prescribed to treat opioid use disorders-;such as methadone and Subutex-;can be misused by taking them in larger amounts than prescribed or by injecting them. The medication Suboxone is different. A combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone helps to prevent relapses by blocking the effect of the opioids. […]Continue Reading ...
August 1, 2018 Current research demonstrates that patients’ exposure to opioids following medical care has contributed to the nationwide addiction epidemic. An estimated 2.1 million Americans are reported to have an opioid use disorder associated with prescription medications – the source that accounts for half of all opioid-related deaths in the United States. These sobering […]Continue Reading ...
July 20, 2018 Today, Recovery United, Inc. announced the launch of a pilot intervention program at three Boise-area hospitals that will connect patients who have experienced an opioid overdose to certified peer recovery coaches. The program, which was supported by a $50,000 grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, aims to fill voids in the existing continuum […]Continue Reading ...
In areas of the country disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis, treatment programs are less likely to accept patients paying through insurance of any type or accept pregnant women, a new Vanderbilt study found. Credit: Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine In areas of the country disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis, […]Continue Reading ...
July 27, 2018 Patients taking opioids for at least three months before spinal fusion surgery in the lower spine are much more likely to continue taking opioids one year after surgery, reports a study in Spine . The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. “We found over 40 percent of chronic […]Continue Reading ...
Speakers at an opioid symposium sponsored by the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research are, from left, Harold Pincus, MD; Mary Bassett, MD, MPH; Carlos Blanco, MD, PhD; Mark Olfson, MD, MPH; and Frances Levin, MD. (Photo credit: Chris Leary Photography) Speakers at an opioid symposium this summer at Columbia University Irving Medical Center challenged […]Continue Reading ...
August 9, 2018 Getting wisdom teeth removed may be a rite of passage for many teens and young adults, but the opioid painkiller prescriptions that many of them receive could set them on a path to long-term opioid use, a new study finds. Young people ages 13 to 30 who filled an opioid prescription immediately […]Continue Reading ...
This February U.S. Surgeon General and Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., discussed his priorities for public health in the U.S. at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). On the top of his list is the country’s opioid epidemic. Often called “the nation’s doctor,” the surgeon general’s role is to provide Americans with the […]Continue Reading ...
August 1, 2018 In recognition of the need for a national coordinated and collective response to the epidemic of opioid addiction in the U.S., the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is partnering with the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and 35 organizations to form the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. The […]Continue Reading ...
THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 — If you wind up in the emergency room with a minor injury, the likelihood you will be prescribed unnecessary opioids may depend on where the hospital is located, new research suggests. For example, such prescriptions were much less likely to be offered in hospitals in Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New […]Continue Reading ...
July 30, 2018 Nearly a third of older adults have received a prescription for an opioid pain medicine in the past two years, but many of them didn’t get enough counseling about the risks that come with the potent painkillers, how to reduce their use, when to switch to a non-opioid option, or what to […]Continue Reading ...
July 25, 2018 A rise in addiction and overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States has spurred a series of initiatives focused on reducing opioid risks, including several related to prescription of opioids in care of pain. In a critical analysis of U.S. opioid policy, published today in Addiction, University of Alabama at Birmingham […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don’t really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows. More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee’s Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and 2014, even though they did not have a severe condition requiring powerful […]Continue Reading ...
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