SAMHSA reports 39% increase in opioid treatment programs since 2003

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The number of federally-approved opioid treatment programs, which are qualified to dispense methadone and buprenorphine for opioid use disorders, increased 39% between 2003 and 2016, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. About 10% of all substance use... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, access, Behavioral health, opioids

Teen overdose deaths increase in 2015 after declining since 2007

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The adolescent death rate from drug overdoses increased to 3.7 per 100,000 in 2015 after gradually declining to 3.1 from a high of 4.2 per 100,000 in 2007, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose death rates for girls aged 15-19 nearly doubled between 1999 and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, opioids

Project Engage seizes 'reachable moment' to treat substance use disorder

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project-engageTerry Horton, M.D., saw an opportunity for early intervention. 

Patients showed up in Christiana Care Health System’s emergency department (ED) with illnesses caused by substance use disorders. The ED team knew they needed help for more than the strokes, broken limbs, high blood pressure and seizures.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, opioids

Trump to declare national emergency on opioid abuse

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President Trump yesterday said the opioid epidemic was a national emergency, and he is instructing the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis. "The opioid crisis is an emergency and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency," Trump told... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: opioids

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

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More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Map shows state trends in opioid-related hospital stays

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a map showing state trends and variation in opioid-related hospital stays between 2009 and 2014. According to a recent AHRQ report, opioid-related hospital stays increased 75% for women and 55% for men between 2005 and 2014, while opioid-related... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

Senate passes FDA Reauthorization Act

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The Senate yesterday voted 94-1 to approve the FDA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2430), sending the legislation to the president for his signature. The bill reauthorizes and amends four FDA user fee programs under which companies that develop drugs and medical devices partially pay for premarket review of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, opioids, drug prices

Senate passes Jessie's Law

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The Senate today approved by unanimous consent legislation (S. 581) that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and disseminate best practices for displaying a patient’s history of opioid use disorders in their medical records. The bill would require HHS to consult with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, opioids

President urged to declare opioid epidemic national emergency

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The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis yesterday urged President Trump to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. “With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks,” the commission... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

Legislation would align patient confidentiality regulations with HIPAA

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Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Friday introduced the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 3545), AHA-supported legislation that would align Part 2 federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder treatment records with the Health Insurance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, Behavioral health, HIPAA, care coordination, opioids

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