Report calls for national strategy to reduce drug, alcohol and suicide deaths

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More than 1 million Americans died from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicides between 2006 and 2015, and another 1.6 million could die over the next decade if the trend continues, according to a report released today by Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. “Life expectancy in the country... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Behavioral health, opioids

FDA approves device to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms

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The Food and Drug Administration today authorized Innovative Health Solutions Inc. to market an electrical nerve stimulator device to relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms when placed behind the patient’s ear. Previously approved for use in acupuncture, the NSS-2 Bridge device reduced symptoms for patients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids

Hallmark Health program bridges OUD patients' 'recovery gap'

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It can be daunting for patients suffering from an opioid use disorder (OUD) to figure out how to get into treatment and find the resources that can help set them on the road to recovery.

That’s why Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital – part of Medford, Mass.-based Hallmark Health –... read more

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

Physician leaders share key strategies for addressing prescription opioid crisis

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In an article published online today by NEJM Catalyst, AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Physician Leadership Forum Vice President Elisa Arespacochaga share tips and resources to help hospitals and clinicians screen for and treat opioid use disorders, communicate with patients about pain... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, opioids

HHS to keep funding formula same for state opioid grant program

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The Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration last week announced that they will maintain the Opioid State Targeted Response grant funding allocation formula for the second year of the program. Created by the 21st Century Cures Act, the $1... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

President's opioid commission issues final report

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The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today released its final report with more than 50 recommendations to address the opioid epidemic. Among other recommendations, the report urges Congress and the Administration to block grant federal funding for opioid- and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

New CMS waiver policy aims to expand Medicaid treatments for SUDs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced a new Section 1115 waiver policy that allows states to design demonstration projects that increase access to treatment for opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders. CMS’s new demonstration policy would allow state Medicaid programs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

OCR issues HIPAA guidance for providers responding to opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights Friday released guidance clarifying how health care providers can share health information with a patient’s family members, friends and legal representatives in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, HIPAA, opioids

Reminder: 'Take Back Day' Saturday for unused prescription drugs

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Oct. 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to help the public safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 8.1 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: opioids, prevention

President declares opioid epidemic a national public health emergency

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President Trump today declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency under federal law, directing executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis. As part of the announcement, the president said his administration will be announcing a new policy... read more

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

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