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Bipartisan caucus aims to address opioid crisis

February 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Congressmen Hal Rogers and Stephen F. Lynch are bringing together Republicans and Democrats in the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse to discuss best practices to address the opioid crisis.

Patients with depression favor keeping ACA

February 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A higher percentage of patients with major depressive disorder do not want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed, as compared to the general population, according to a study published this week by health network PatientsLikeMe.

Kroger offers naloxone over the counter

January 30, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Kroger Co. announced it now offers naloxone nasal spray 4mg over the counter at its 101 pharmacies in the Dallas region.

Crossover of mental health and opioid misuse equals 1.5 million adults

January 25, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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According to SAMHSA, in the population of those with serious mental illness, more than 15% had also misused opioids, meanwhile, among those misusing opioids, 13% also reported serious mental illness.

Drug distributor settles monitoring dispute

January 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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McKesson Corporation finalized a $150 million settlement to resolve claims that the company did not adequately monitor and report suspicious orders for controlled substances.

Obama signs Cures Act

December 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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President Obama signed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act on Tuesday, authorizing programs to address substance use disorders and mental health.

FACT FILE: Opioid overdose deaths rise in 2015

December 9, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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New data from the CDC shows opioid overdose-related deaths continued to climb in 2015, driven particularly by heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.

What Works: Centers of excellence

November 28, 2016  |  Donna Marbury
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The not-for-profit Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc. is one of 50 centers of excellence funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to increase integrated behavioral health and primary care.

Midlevel practitioners authorized to prescribe buprenorphine

November 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A new 2017 federal policy will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine. Previously, only physicians were authorized to prescribe the medication.

How to add MAT services to your organization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
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Deciding to add a medical dimension like MAT to an existing program is one thing; actually making the transition is another. The process involves overcoming a number of hurdles that could potentially derail the program.

Opioid crisis drives Medicaid policy

October 14, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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In a new survey, Medicaid officials identify a number of state-based efforts they are employing to address the opioid crisis currently as well as plans for the future.

Prescribers sign on for new buprenorphine caps

October 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Since SAMHSA issued new rules around the number of patients that physicians can treat with buprenorphine, 1,665 practitioners have applied for and been granted waivers to prescribe at the increased limit of 275 patients, according to the federal agency.

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