Screening in Trauma for Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOMP): study protocol for the development of an opioid risk screening tool for victims of injury.

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 registration number: NCT02861976. Date of registration: Feb 9, 2016. PMID: 29198186 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Addiction Science and Clinical Practice - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addict Sci Clin Pract Source Type: research

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Publication date: November 2018Source: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, Volume 39, Issue 11Author(s): David H. Epstein, Markus Heilig, Yavin ShahamThe epidemic of addiction and overdose is real. Addiction among pain patients accounts for only a small proportion but a large number. Scientific opinion leaders can be most effective on two fronts, each relatively low-tech: dissemination and oversight of empirically established treatments, and promulgation of social-science-based strategies for population-level prevention.
Source: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Sharp opioid dose restriction in outpatient treatment increases heroin and fentanyl use, explaining why recent years' decrease in United States opioid prescriptions has not reduced national mortality rates. Although Harm Reduction is the safest, most effective single approach, combining three interventions while improving pain and addiction prescribing practices is optimal. SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: Scientific research needs to inform choice of opioid overuse interventions. (Am J Addict 2018;XX:1-3). PMID: 30311993 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal on Addictions - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Am J Addict Source Type: research
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The MAReport: the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter is now available! This quarter, Executive Director Kate Flewelling wrote about how the National Library of Medicine and National Network of Libraries of Medicine are responding to the opioid crisis, including details on a new class that will be offered for the first time on November 28. National Network of Libraries of Medicine News Funding Applications Due: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, ...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news
ConclusionsOur current opioid prescription practice for postoperative pain management may exceed what patients need.
Source: International Urogynecology Journal - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
By SEAN KELLY, MD   As doctors, we all took an oath when we graduated from medical school to “do no harm” to patients. It is, therefore, our duty to speak up and take action when there is an opportunity to prevent harm and improve patient care, safety and well-being. On average, the opioid crisis is killing more Americans on a monthly basis than traumatic injuries. It is time for the medical community to raise its voice even more loudly in support of proven technology that helps curb this crisis. This month, California Governor Jerry Brown became the latest state lawmaker to embrace electronic prescribi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Pharmaceuticals Physicians EPCS Opioid crisis Opioids Source Type: blogs
Barriers to access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) threaten addiction recovery and complicate the safety of clinicians’ jobs, thereby hindering the national response to the opioid epidemic. MAT is a treatment approach that combines medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. Medications used in MAT are FDA-approved and clinically-driven; however, several MAT access issues create obstacles to achieving its full success in mitigating the opioid epidemic. Insurance access and coverage, geography/location, treatment cost, and drug policy emerge as the most formidable pai...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Policy and Advocacy Psychology Psychotherapy Recovery Research Substance Abuse Treatment medication-assisted treatment opioid addiction opioid crisis Prescription Drug Addiction Source Type: blogs
“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.” – Kurt Cobain I grew up in a close-knit, fairly religious family where children were seen and not heard, where mealtime meant everyone sat down together and exchanged pleasantries while enjoying the prepared-at-home repasts, complete with dessert. There was no distraction, either from television or radio, and the telephone ringing was a rare occurrence, quickly dispatched once the caller learned we were eating. In fact, nothing was so urgent back then. It was, indeed, a peacefu...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse Alcoholism Drug Abuse Opioid Addiction Source Type: news
As we follow the national opioid epidemic, with its greater than five deaths per hour from opioid overdoses, the focus is shifting to methods for limiting an individual’s exposure to these drugs. For most of us, our first contact with these highly addictive medications is after surgery. Studies now reveal that 60 percent of pills prescribed for pain after surgery go unused. These opioids often make their way to other family members, are kept for continued use by the surgical patient to maintain a feeling of euphoria, or even find their way out into the community. Limiting the number of pills and refills prescribed is...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Surgery Source Type: blogs
From 1999 to 2015, almost 200,000 Americans died of drug overdoses involving prescription opioids19,24 contributing to an unprecedented drop in life expectancy among working age Americans.3 Increased opioid prescribing for chronic pain contributed to a national epidemic of prescription drug overdose and addiction.16
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
(Penn State) About one in five college students reported in a survey that they knew someone who was addicted to pain medications, and nearly a third said they knew somebody who overdosed on painkillers or heroin, according to a team of undergraduate Penn State Lehigh Valley researchers.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
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