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Opioid crisis made worse by big-money influence and DEA disablement

October 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Those who are working tirelessly to address the opioid crisis were disheartened by a recent report that describes how profitable drug distributors influenced a policy that reduced the DEA’s ability to stop diversion.

Medicare places few restrictions on opioid prescribing

October 16, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study released by researchers at Yale University shows one-third of opioid medications were prescribed with no limitations from Medicare plans.

Assessment of comorbidities is essential for traumatic brain injury

October 6, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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When considering risks, the behavioral health of a TBI patient must be evaluated both as a symptom of the injury and as a pre-existing condition.

Data shows patterns in opioid prescribing

September 30, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Researchers have identified patterns in opioid prescribing nationwide, noting that the variations discovered aren’t tied to clinical factors, but rather are tied to factors such as age or insurance source.

Pharma doubles down on opioid solutions

September 28, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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On Wednesday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis met for the third time in Washington, and heard from a number of drug manufacturers. For its part, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)...

What if we treat drug overdoses like suicide attempts?

September 21, 2017  |  Patrick Gauthier
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If we could take the best parts of successful civil commitment—immediate treatment, coordinated care and discharge planning—perhaps this may be another way to prevent future drug overdoses.

Pharma ready to share if it helps beat the opioid crisis

September 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A public-private partnership will advance the creation of new choices for medication assisted treatment for those with opioid use disorders as well as non-addictive drugs for pain.

The opioid emergency declaration is not dead

September 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that the notorious state of emergency declaration is still in play, but remember that practical developments are on hold until federal officials complete the legwork.

Parents unaware of opioid risk for adolescents

September 18, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study published by Caron Treatment Centers shows fewer parents talk with their children about the dangers of prescription painkillers than those that discuss alcohol, illegally obtained drugs or safe sex.

Most substance use numbers hold steady in national survey

September 12, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos
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Opioid use did not show substantial increases in 2016, but fentanyl has caused the opioid crisis to grow more deadly, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Oral surgeons opt for ibuprofen over opioids

August 30, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Professional association recommends ibuprofen as a first-line therapy and notes that simultaneous use of ibuprofen and acetaminophen can rival opioids for pain.

Hospitalized overdose patients sicker, costlier, more likely to die

August 29, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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Research findings released this week point to growing critical care needs for opioid overdose victims, attributable in part to the transition to heroin.

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