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Research finds new ways to fight the opioid crisis

(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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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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DISCUSSION: Positive findings from the proposed work would lead to improved, standardized opioid risk screening practices among victims of traumatic injury. The ultimate goal of this and future work is to reduce the likelihood of opioid misuse, addiction, and related complications, such as overdose and death. Trial registration Clinicaltrials.gov registration number: NCT02861976. Date of registration: Feb 9, 2016. PMID: 29198186 [PubMed - in process]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday approved the first injectable form of the leading medication to treat patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids. The Food and Drug Administration approved once-a-month Sublocade for adults with opioid use disorder who are already stabilized on addiction medication. The monthly injection has the potential to reduce dangerous relapses that occur when patients stop taking the currently available daily medication. But that benefit has not yet been shown in studies and the new drug comes with a hefty price: $1,580 per monthl...
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More than 90 Americans die every day after  overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl—is a public health epidemic in the U.S. Combatting the opioid crisis requires sustained efforts from researchers, health professionals, and community members to impleme nt evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies and to evaluate the effectiveness of new approaches.
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THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 -- All prescribers of opioid pain medications -- not just high-volume prescribers -- play a role in the U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse and overdoses, a new study says. Deaths from drug overdoses in the United States rose from...
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I have blogged about the opioid crisis which is enveloping the entire country (see: Pharmaceutical Companies and PBMs Helped to Create Our Opioid Crisis). The Sackler family, owners ofPurdue Pharma, have been much in the news with assertions by some media that the company, when marketingOxyContin, conspired to downplay its addictive qualities (see: THE SECRETIVE FAMILY MAKING BILLIONS FROM THE OPIOID CRISIS; The Family That Built an Empire of Pain). It should therefore not come as a surprise that some governmental bodies such as Detroit/Wayne County are suing drug manufacturers for having caused the cha...
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Opioids were once the cornerstone in treating severe disabling pain and are now known to underlie an epidemic of substance use disorders and overdose deaths. Nurse practitioners are in key positions to influence opioid and pain management policy. As clinicians in primary care and specialty settings, nurse practitioners frequently encounter patients in pain. A white paper developed through the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation titled Managing Chronic Pain with Opioids: A Call for Change 2017 offers a multifaceted approach to pain management and provides timely recommendations to move policies and practices forward.
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Opioids have been a topic of discussion for months now, and every week it seems as though a new company or individual is in hot water over opioid prescribing practices, or over alleged opioid prescribing practices. One facet of the opioid epidemic that has not been touched upon is the requirement many pain management physicians and others have that when a patient is under their care and receiving opioids and/or habit-forming prescriptions, the patient must affirm that they are not seeing other physicians for prescriptions and/or that all prescriptions are being filled at the same pharmacy. To that end, the patient typical...
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