A Guide to State Opioid Prescribing Policies Resource Center News

 
 
  • U.S. Republicans Reject Democratic Funding Proposals for Opioids Republican lawmakers in U.S. Congress on Wednesday rejected two Democratic amendments to provide nearly $1 billion in funding for bipartisan legislation intended to combat America's opioid epidemic, aides said.
  • SAMHSA Expands Access to Buprenorphine for Opioid Dependence As part of a strategy to combat the US opioid epidemic, the SAMHSA finalized a rule this week to increase access to buprenorphine for individuals being treated for opioid addiction.
  • Seniors With Access to Medical Marijuana Use Fewer Prescription Drugs Physicians wrote significantly fewer prescriptions for painkillers and other medications for elderly and disabled patients who had legal access to medical marijuana, a new study finds.
  • Doctors Wrestle With Mixed Messages on Opioid Prescribing Though the CDC’s new prescribing guidelines follow a theme of less is more, another federal agency’s patient satisfaction surveys include questions about pain management that some say encourage doctors to prescribe the highly addictive medicines.
  • Coprescribing Naloxone With an Opioid Aids Chronic Pain Coprescribing naloxone to primary care patients who take opioid analgesics for chronic pain is feasible and may reduce opioid-related trips to the emergency department, new research suggests.
  • Heroin Use at 20-Year High in U.S. Drug ‘Epidemic’, U.N. Says A heroin "epidemic" is gripping the United States, where cheap supply has helped push the number of users to a 20-year high, increasing drug-related deaths, the United Nations said on Thursday.
  • Individual Counseling Helps People Dependent on Prescription Opioids Quit Patients dependent on prescription opioids are likely to quit if they get individual drug counseling with their prescribed medications, according to long-term follow-up results.
  • Georgia Caps Number of Opioid Treatment Clinics Georgia has stopped licensing new clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Some call the state’s move irresponsible. Others say the clinics aren’t regulated enough.
  • Mortality Increased With Long-Acting Opioids Noncancer pain patients treated with long-acting opioids face a significantly increased risk for all-cause mortality, particularly during the first 30 days of starting therapy, warn US researchers.
  • Congress Eyes $1 Billion to Aid at-Risk Families Key members of the U.S. Congress said Friday they had reached a compromise to shift more than $1 billion to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependant on opioids.
  • Monitoring Doctors Cuts Opioid Prescriptions Doctors in states that track painkiller prescriptions were nearly one-third less likely to offer patients dangerously addicting opioids, a new study found.
  • Opioids Common After Hospital Discharge; Storage Knowledge Poor About 15% of Medicare patients filled opioid prescriptions within a week of hospital discharge, and more than a third of them did so again after 90 days.
  • AMA AMA Members Are 'Leaders Among Leaders' Says New President Andrew Gurman, MD, the AMA's incoming president, said his group helps members and nonmembers alike, with members putting 'their shoulder to the grindstone' to improve the profession.
  • Synthetic Drugs Pose Alarming U.S. Overdose Risk Synthetic designer drugs, especially synthetic opioids like fentanyl implicated in the death of pop star Prince, pose an 'unprecedented' threat for U.S. overdoses and deaths, especially among youth, the country's top anti-drug official said.
  • FDA Committee Supports Approval of Vantrela ER An FDA committee supports approval of Vantrela ER, an extended-release hydrocodone product for pain management. It also recommends that the labeling for the drug reflect its abuse-deterrence properties.
  • Prescription Monitoring Programs Curb Opioid Prescribing Prescription drug monitoring programs are associated with a sizable reduction in prescribing of Schedule II opioids by healthcare providers, according to a new study.
  • Prince Died From Fentanyl Overdose Pop superstar Prince, found dead more than a month ago at his estate outside Minneapolis, died from an overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl, authorities said Thursday.
  • Ecstasy Use Jumps in Europe, No Longer Just a Dance Drug The drug ecstasy is making a comeback in Europe, spreading as a mainstream party narcotic away from its niche use at dance clubs and reaching new young users, the Lisbon-based European drug agency said.
  • Opioid Analgesics Subpar for Chronic Back Pain Opioid analgesics are commonly prescribed but fail to have a significant effect, a meta-analysis has found. A pain medication specialist says even with low effect, it should remain a tool in the arsenal.
  • APS Quick Screen May Flag Opioid Abuse Risk Two new reports outline measures that may help quickly identify pain patients at risk for longer-term opioid use or for opioid abuse.
 
 
 
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