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Managing Opioid Use Disorder

Hypothetical Case A 55-year-old woman presents with rheumatoid arthritis and destructive arthropathy from past disease activity. Among her treatments, she is prescribed 10 mg of short-acting oxycodone four times a day. She exceeds this dose frequently. The prescribing physician believes she does this to self-medicate her untreated depression: she lives alone and has not coped well with …

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Alcohol Screen Recommended to Reduce Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression Overdose

Urine drug monitoring (UDM) has become an important risk mitigation tool for treating patients receiving long-term opioid therapy (LTOT). Several opioid prescribing guidelines recommend UDM as a standard of care for patients with chronic non-cancer pain for whom LTOT is necessary.1-5 Most guidelines do not specify which tests should be included in such screens, but the …

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How to stop the deadliest drug overdose crisis in American history

The scale of America’s opioid epidemic is shocking. It is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history. In 2016 alone, drug overdoses killed more Americans than the entire Vietnam War and car crashes, gun violence, and HIV/AIDS ever did in a single year. In total, more than 170 people are estimated to die from overdoses every day in the US, …

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We’re failing in the opioid crisis. A new study shows a more serious approach would save lives.

The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history — on track to kill more people over the next decade than currently live in entire American cities like Miami or Baltimore. A new study, published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday by Stanford researchers Allison Pitt, Keith Humphreys, and Margaret Brandeau, tries to parse …

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FDA to Re-Examine Rational Opioid Prescribing, Starting with Acute Pain

The US Food and Drug Administration continues to seek ways to curb the opioid epidemic—with the agency’s latest efforts turned toward preventing diversion, misuse, or abuse at the acute level. “Many people who become addicted to opioids will first be exposed to these drugs through a lawfully prescribed medication,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gotlieb, MD, …

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Excela health to administer Suboxone to opioid patients at emergency departments

Excela Health emergency department patients with an opioid addiction can now get a dose of Suboxone before leaving the hospital. Local officials and lawmakers have worked for months to clear the way for a medication-assisted treatment program at all three hospitals which have already adopted other programs to connect people with substance abuse problems to …

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