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Survey finds doctor-patient communication gaps on dangers of opioids

May 4, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Survey results released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids reveal that many pain patients aren't receiving critical information about their opioid medications.

Los Angeles County emergency departments attack excessive opioid prescribing

March 24, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Los Angeles County emergency medical departments have agreed to adopt guidelines designed to combat the over-prescribing of potentially dangerous opioid medications.

National data show stabilization in prescription opioid use rates

February 26, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicate that while adult use of prescription opioids for pain has doubled since 1988-1994, rates of use have remained stable in recent years.

NIH study underlines use of yoga and meditation

February 10, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
While the use of complementary techniques continues to rise, NIH says such services are a key area of research to potentially combat overuse of opioids for pain.

Experts: Personal biases should not influence opioid treatment

February 4, 2015  |  Douglas J. Edwards, Publisher
Panelists at AP Academy agreed that providers can best serve their patients by keeping an open mind to all treatment philosophies, even if they don’t personally agree with them.

Prescription drug disposal effort pays off in Vancouver area

February 3, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Nearly 100,000 pounds of unused medication was safely disposed in the Vancouver area of Canada in 2014, thanks to an awareness campaign launched in 2008.

Sierra Tucson backs awareness event coinciding with Super Bowl week

January 31, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
An Arizona community event on the risks and rewards of playing football received the support of an addiction treatment facility that has an exclusive arrangement with a group assisting retired athletes.

NIH panel: Evidence lacking for opioids in chronic pain treatment; more team-based care needed

January 19, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Arguably the most prevalent theme in a new report on the use of opioids in treating chronic pain is the surprising lack of evidence of efficacy of these and other pain treatments.

Chronic pain patients can identify medication dependence with new self-assessment

December 31, 2014  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
New Year’s is often a time of reflection and self assessment. For chronic pain patients resolving to end their dependence on addictive prescription pain medications, a new online self-assessment is available.

Florida restriction on strong opioids shifted patients to other drugs

December 31, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A study has found that a Florida policy that shifted dispensing of stronger opioids from physicians to pharmacies led to greater prescribing of less potent alternatives.

Facilities targeting specialized needs of opioid-dependent and pain patients

December 19, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Medical leaders from two addiction treatment facilities explain how their operations have become more specialized in their approach to opioid addiction and pain recovery.

Automated EEG biofeedback proven effective in treatment for substance abuse

December 16, 2014  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
The technique can provide an alternative to the drugs commonly used to treat attention-deficit disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which have the potential to spark addiction or relapse.


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