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Cancer survivors more likely to use prescription opioids

August 11, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Results of a new study find that even for long-term cancer survivors, prescription opioid use is higher than for individuals who have not had a cancer diagnosis.

Missouri sets up PDMP at last, but with caveats

August 10, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Under Missouri's statewide prescription drug monitoring program, clinical professionals will not have access to patient-specific data to potentially prevent or treat addiction disorders.

Complex presentation a challenge for treating veterans

August 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study conducted by Cigna healthcare finds practitioners believe treating veterans with opioid use disorder is more challenging than treating civilians, and many feel they could benefit from more staff with direct experience.

Workers' compensation data shows slowing of long-term opioid prescribing

August 4, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Newly released data suggest that in a number of states, fewer injured workers are receiving long-term prescriptions for opioids.

Three keys to lowering mortality rates in opioid disorder patients

July 21, 2017  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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New research has found that providing psychosocial counseling and avoiding prescribed opioids or benzodiazepines are among the variables that can reduce mortality rates in opioid use disorders. Medication treatment did not affect death rates.

Report offers state-by-state breakdown of non-medical prescription drug use

July 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the prevalence of non-medical use of prescription opioids in 2012-2014 was highest in Oklahoma and lowest in Minnesota.

Drug maker agrees to stop selling Opana ER because of misuse

July 7, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Endo Pharmaceuticals on Thursday agreed to remove its long-acting Opana ER pain drug from the market, following an FDA request that it stop selling the product because of incidents of misuse.

NIH, private partners team up on opioid crisis initiative

June 19, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a partnership with private entities on a three-faceted scientific initiative to address the opioid crisis.

Olympian-turned-WWE star Kurt Angle relentless in recovery

April 24, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Now sober after addiction derailed his career and devastated his family, Kurt Angle, an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler and recently inducted WWE Hall of Famer, has his sights set on a new goal: helping others in recovery.

Rx Summit: Unlikely political duo teams up for science-based care

April 19, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy have at least one thing in common: an absolute reverence for brain research that can inform solutions to the opioid crisis.

Rx Summit: Local solutions to crisis require collective effort

April 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Small counties in California are reducing improper opioid prescribing and expanding addiction treatment through the efforts of groups that include an insurer and a major foundation.

Could a device attached to the ear become a game-changer in detox?

April 12, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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An electrical stimulation device that is approved for pain is gaining use as a method of easing withdrawal from opioids and facilitating access to longer-term treatment.

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