Category: Opioid Epidemic

Don’t blame the surgeons: Long-term opioid use rarely starts with surgery, study finds – LA Times

Don’t blame the nation’s surgeons for an opiate-abuse crisis that now claims 142 lives daily in the United States. New research suggests that patients leaving the hospital after surgeries or inpatient procedures are rarely the ones whose long-term opioid use

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Doctors From Top Medical Schools Prescribe Fewer Opioid Painkillers – NBC News

Doctors who got their training at low-ranked medical schools wrote three times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions as medics who earned their diplomas at Ivy League or other top-tier schools. That’s the headline of a new study by two Princeton

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The Opioid Crisis in the United States | HuffPost

“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid

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New study ranks Ohio 8th in the nation for doctors taking money from prescription opioid manufacturers

CLEVELAND, Ohio — One in five family doctors and one in 12 of all doctors have received payments from major drug companies hawking highly-addictive opioid painkillers that are, in part, at the root of America’s skyrocketing heroin epidemic, according to a new

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Industry Payments to Physicians for Opioid Products, 2013–2015 | AJPH

Objectives. To identify payments that involved opioid products from the pharmaceutical industry to physicians. Methods. We used the Open Payments program database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to identify payments involving an opioid to physicians between August 2013 and

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Pilot program to reduce opioid deaths launches in Jacksonville, FL in October 

Jacksonville’s first pilot program aimed at reducing the city’s opioid overdose deaths should be operational by October. Through early intervention and wrap-around services, the program aims to reduce overdoses, deaths and recidivism, according to Raymond Pomm, medical director at Gateway

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ER imposes limits, guidelines in battle against opioid addiction 

Starting Tuesday, the Emergency Room at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin and its satellite emergency care facilities throughout the area will begin enforcing strict guidelines for use of various opioid painkillers, hospital officials said Monday. With the guidelines in place, staff will

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Opioid Prescriptions Are Down But Not Enough, CDC Finds

Doctors are cutting back on opioid prescriptions but not by nearly enough, federal health officials reported Thursday. The number of prescriptions for the painkillers has tripled since 1999, driving the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control

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Painkiller maker stops sales at FDA request because of abuse | Fox News

The maker of opioid painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the market at the request of federal regulators because it’s being abused. Endo International PLC said Thursday it will voluntarily stop selling the pills, approved for use in

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Schools, on guard against deadly opioids, stock naloxone

School districts on Long Island and statewide are stocking naloxone on-site in school buildings to have the opioid antidote at the ready because of the growing issue of abuse of the deadly drugs, educators and health officials said. At least

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