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Integrative medicine approaches for pain treatment -- can they be an alternative to opioids?

(Wolters Kluwer Health) Can acupuncture and yoga help to fight the opioid epidemic? These and other integrative medicine approaches have shown at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness in pain management, according to an article in the December issue of Anesthesia&Analgesia -- a special thematic issue addressing the opioid crisis.
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National Conference of State Legislatures. 08/2017 This nine-page document provides an overview of state legislation setting guidelines for, or limits on, opioid prescriptions. It discusses how state lawmakers are crafting innovative policies-engaging health, criminal justice, human services, and other sectors-to address this public health crisis, while also ensuring appropriate access to pain management. (PDF)
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On December 5, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing to discuss the opioid epidemic and the possible role that Congress could play in the prevention, treatment, and recovery. Senator Roy Blunt, the Subcommittee Chairman, opened the hearing by discussing the fact that overdose related deaths outnumber the deaths at the peak of the AIDS/HIV epidemic. Overdose deaths have also overtaken automobile accident fatalities to become the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. Senator Blunt also spoke about the three propos...
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Conclusion: Bariatric surgery when combined with dietary and exercise changes gave significant results in terms of weight loss, knee pain and function. It is an approach that tackles both obesity and OA. It is a major step forward in stemming the global epidemic of these two interlinked conditions.
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• A state-mandated PDMP reduced opioid prescribing among emergency medicine providers.• There was heterogeneity in opioid prescribing across hospitals as well as by patient diagnosis.• PDMP-associated reductions in opioid prescriptions could curb the prescription opioid epidemic.
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Advocacy groups and the F.D.A. have warned that companies are capitalizing on the epidemic by offering unproven remedies.
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Recently, Representative Bob Latta introduced a bill into the United States House of Representatives. The bill, known as the Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl and Opioids (INFO) Act, is intended to help create a public electronic database of information and strategies to combat the opioid crisis. The information in the database would be used to help federal, state, and local officials develop the most effective strategies to prevent addiction, treat those that are addicted, and keep prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands. The INFO Act would also track federal funding being used to combat the epidemic. The bill re...
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(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) In the US alone, more than 2 million people struggle with opioid use disorders. Opioids, often prescribed as pain medications, have now become the country's leading cause of drug overdose. But scientists are identifying ways to help combat the epidemic, which include getting people treatment faster, developing safer opioids, and helping patients choose appropriate treatment. A number of recent breakthroughs are being presented at the upcoming conference of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
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