CDC: Hepatitis C infections nearly triple over five years

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The number of new hepatitis C infections reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly tripled between 2010 and 2015 to 2,436 a year. Because limited surveillance resources have led to underreporting, CDC estimates the actual number of new infections is closer to 34,000 a year. While... read more

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

President names five to commission on opioid crisis

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President Trump yesterday named to chair his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The president also named to the bipartisan commission North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper; Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker; former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode... read more

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

HHS awards grants to help states, territories combat opioid addiction

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday awarded $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The first of two funding rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, the grants “aim to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet need and reduce overdose... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, opioids, prevention

'Take Back Day' next week to safely dispose of prescription drugs

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April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when the public can safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 7 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: opioids, prevention

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first module in a new online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The first module presents an overview of the guidelines. Future modules are expected to address:... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, opioids, prevention

Tool depicts national, local drug poisoning trends

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The National Center for Health Statistics has released data dashboards depicting trends in drug poisoning deaths at the national, state and county levels. Users can view national trends by age, sex and race/ethnicity between 1999 and 2015, and state and county trends by year.

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, opioids

Heroin use disorders triple over decade

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About 1.6% of U.S. adults reported using heroin at some point in their life when surveyed in 2012-2013, with 0.7% meeting the criteria for a heroin use disorder, according to a study published online this week by JAMA Psychiatry. That’s up from 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, in 2001-2002, the study found.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

President establishes commission to review federal response to opioid crisis

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President Trump yesterday issued an executive order establishing a commission to study the scope and effectiveness of the federal response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis, and make recommendations to him for improving the response. The executive order calls for the commission to submit interim... read more

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

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

President releases budget blueprint for 2018 discretionary spending

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President Trump today submitted to Congress his proposed budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018, which provides top-line numbers for discretionary spending only. The president requests $69 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $15.1 billion or 17.9% decrease from the 2017 annualized... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, preparedness, workforce, appropriations, opioids, prevention

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