Research has shown that use of suboxone and methadone, in conjunction with counseling, can be effective addiction treatment.
Patients provided with at least 2 refills were 2.25 times more likely to develop an opioid dependency.
Screening for pain at every visit is recommended, and management and treatment options are specified.
The use of injectable, extended-release oxymorphone and syringe sharing was linked to an outbreak of HIV infections in Indiana.
The adoption of various state laws did not affect rates of opioid prescription or strength of dose.
Patients with chronic, noncancer pain who were treated with long-acting opioid therapy had a 1.6 times greater risk of death.
After an acute hospitalization, many Medicare beneficiaries submit pharmacy claims for opioid prescriptions.
Patients on opioids for chronic pain who were coprescribed naloxone had 47% fewer opioid-related ER visits.