Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

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The statistics are staggering. Every day, over 90 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Deaths from prescription opioids – drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone – have more than quadrupled since 1999.

A human crisis in terms of lives lost, ravaged families and communities, certainly. It has... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: 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

FDA to extend REMS requirements to immediate-release opioids

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The Food and Drug Administration intends to update its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy requirements for extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics, and extend the same requirements to immediate-release opioid analgesic products, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced this week.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation, opioids

CDC: Opioid prescribing down since 2010, but varies widely

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The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States decreased each year between 2010 and 2015, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The amount of opioids prescribed per capita fell from a peak of 782 morphine milligram equivalents in 2010 to... read more

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

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

Study: Many people treated with buprenorphine continue to receive other opioids

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Many people receiving buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction fill prescriptions for other opioids during or after treatment, according to a study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, reported last week in the journal Addiction. The study looked at pharmacy claims for more than 38,000 new... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

CDC issues resources to help clinicians apply opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released a suite of resources, including a mobile app and video series, to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The free mobile app, currently available in Google Play and in the Apple Store early... read more

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

CDC Launches Opioid Prescribing Guideline Resources for Providers

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This week, the CDC launched a suite of new opioid prescribing guideline resources for providers, including a mobile app and video series. This is a follow-up to their CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, launched last spring, to encourage safer and more effective pain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, physician issues, Behavioral health, opioids

ASCO releases guidelines for treating chronic pain in cancer survivors

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology yesterday released updated guidelines for the management of chronic pain in adult cancer survivors that urge clinicians to screen for pain at each encounter and carefully weigh the use of opioids for certain patients who do not respond to more conservative... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

President signs legislation to address opioid epidemic

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President Obama July 22 signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 524, legislation designed to help stem the epidemic of opioid abuse through education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

In a rare instance of consensus in Congress, the Senate July 13 voted 92-2 to approve... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

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