Opioids

Pharmaceutical Marketing Associated With Increased Opioid Prescription Rates

Pharmaceutical Marketing Associated With Increased Opioid Prescription Rates

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Payments correlated with prescribing opioids in 2014 may have influenced the increased prescription rates of 2015.

Opioid Education Program Boosts PA Students' Confidence in Providing Patient Care

Opioid Education Program Boosts PA Students' Confidence in Providing Patient Care

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PA students perceived improved confidence in their ability to provide patient education and counseling.

Naloxone Training Beneficial for PA Students

Naloxone Training Beneficial for PA Students

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Opioid-specific health seminars may help PA students learn lifesaving treatments to perform in the future.

Many Patients Have Unused Opioids After Spine, Joint Surgery

Many Patients Have Unused Opioids After Spine, Joint Surgery

Many patients reported unsafe storage and failure to dispose of opioids at one- and 6-month follow-up

Unit-Dose Packaging Cuts Accidental Peds Opioid Exposures

Unit-Dose Packaging Cuts Accidental Peds Opioid Exposures

Relative decrease in buprenorphine-naloxone exposure after transition to unit-dose packaging

Synthetic Opioid Involvement in Opioid-Related Deaths Increases

Synthetic Opioid Involvement in Opioid-Related Deaths Increases

From 2010 to 2016, synthetic opioid involvement up from 14.3 to 45.9% of opioid-related deaths

People With Opioid Use Disorder Have High Suicide Rate

People With Opioid Use Disorder Have High Suicide Rate

Based on data from multiple sources, many opioid-overdose deaths seem to be suicides

Intraoperative Opioid Doses and Rates of Hospital Readmission

Intraoperative Opioid Doses and Rates of Hospital Readmission

The use of high doses of opioids — particularly long-acting opioids — during surgery may increase the risk for 30-day readmission.

Study Finds 31% Use No Opioids After Surgery

Study Finds 31% Use No Opioids After Surgery

At discharge, 92.2% of patients received an opioid prescription; nearly 63% unused

Eight Factors Predict Pain After Spine Surgery

Eight Factors Predict Pain After Spine Surgery

Post-op pain strongly linked to number of classes of non-opioid analgesics used, remifentanil use

Addition of Peripheral Nerve Blocks Beneficial for TKA

Addition of Peripheral Nerve Blocks Beneficial for TKA

Lower numeric rating scale pain scores on ambulation on postoperative days zero, one, and two

Helping to End Addiction: NIH Initiative Addresses Opioid Epidemic

Helping to End Addiction: NIH Initiative Addresses Opioid Epidemic

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National Institutes of Health Director, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, announced on April 4, 2018 the launch of the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative.

Opiate Use Linked to Early Mortality in IBD Patients

Opiate Use Linked to Early Mortality in IBD Patients

Heavy use in Crohn's, heavy or moderate use in ulcerative colitis tied to increased risk of death

FDA: Social Media Companies Are Not Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

FDA: Social Media Companies Are Not Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

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FDA has called on social media companies and internet service providers to take a proactive approach in curbing online selling of opioids through their platforms.

Hospitalization, PICU admissions increasing for pediatric opioid ingestions

Hospitalization, PICU admissions increasing for pediatric opioid ingestions

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The US opioid crisis is negatively affecting children, and the rate of hospitalization and pediatric intensive care unit admission for pediatric opioid ingestions is increasing.

CDC reports opioid-related overdoses have increased from July 2016 to Sept 2017

CDC reports opioid-related overdoses have increased from July 2016 to Sept 2017

The rate of ER visits for suspected opioid-related overdoses has increased by a mean of 5.6% per quarter.

Nonopioids may be as effective as opioids for chronic pain

Nonopioids may be as effective as opioids for chronic pain

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Compared with opioids, nonopioid treatments may be equally beneficial for patients with chronic back pain or osteoarthritis hip or knee pain.

Asthma, allergic rhinitis prevalence with long-term opioid use

Asthma, allergic rhinitis prevalence with long-term opioid use

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Patients with opioid dependence or abuse may exhibit a higher prevalence of asthma compared with the general population.

FDA: Kratom-containing products to be recalled, destroyed

FDA: Kratom-containing products to be recalled, destroyed

A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer stated the US Food and Drug Administration.

Opioid use increases risk of invasive pneumococcal disease

Opioid use increases risk of invasive pneumococcal disease

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The risk of invasive pneumococcal disease is correlated with the prescription opioid use.

FDA: Botanical drug kratom contains opioid compounds

FDA: Botanical drug kratom contains opioid compounds

Nearly all of kratom's major compounds bind to opioid receptors in the human brain, and 2 of the top 5 most prevalent compounds activate those receptors, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. In addition, there have been 44 reported deaths associated with the use of kratom, often in combination with other substances, Gottlieb said.

Walmart releases an opioid disposal solution

Walmart releases an opioid disposal solution

DisposeRx is a free method to safely and responsibly dispose of prescription opioids.

Postoperational opioid misuse linked to prescription longevity

Postoperational opioid misuse linked to prescription longevity

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Duration, more than dosage, may increase the risk of misuse in opioid naïve patients.

Managing pain in primary care

Managing pain in primary care

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A FNP reflects on his experiences working with pain management patients prescribed opioids.

Opioid use in middle-aged adults

Opioid use in middle-aged adults

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Clinicians are in the unique position to educate and counsel middle-aged adults about their opioid use and influence strategies needed to provide effective pain control.

Opioids and naloxone for pain management

Opioids and naloxone for pain management

Co-prescribing naloxone and opioids in primary care is recommended for patients who have a high risk for opioid overdose.

The role of prescription habits in the opioid epidemic

The role of prescription habits in the opioid epidemic

Current surgical and prescribing practices may have a hand in exacerbating the nation's burgeoning opioid epidemic.

Clinicians may be overprescribing gabapentinoids for pain

Clinicians may be overprescribing gabapentinoids for pain

Gabapentinoids may be overprescribed, in part as a response to the opioid epidemic.

APA identifies reasons for underuse of buprenorphine

APA identifies reasons for underuse of buprenorphine

The number of physicians adopting buprenorphine therapy has not kept pace with the magnitude of the opioid epidemic.

NASEM report outlines strategy to combat opioid epidemic

NASEM report outlines strategy to combat opioid epidemic

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The FDA commissioned the report to provide an update on current evidence on research, care, and education in the pain field, and to identify actionable measures for the FDA to more adequately address the ongoing opioid epidemic.

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