Category: Opioid Epidemic

Pharmaceutical executive apologizes to Congress for role in opioid crisis: ‘I am deeply sorry’

Pharmaceutical executives appeared before Congress on Tuesday to answer questions about a congressional investigation into drug companies’ role in the nation’s opioid epidemic, The Washington Post reports. A Cardinal Health executive, George Barrett, apologized for his drug company’s slow response to the

Despite Opioid Crisis, Louisiana May Cut Drug Treatment Options

Louisiana is in the middle of an opioid crisis, but a pervasive state budget shortfall may lead the state to eliminate some drug and alcohol treatment options for people with Medicaid after July 1. The latest state budget proposal, passed by the

Drug epidemic ensnares 25-year-old pill for nerve pain

WASHINGTON — The story line sounds familiar: a popular pain drug becomes a new way to get high as prescribing by doctors soars.But the latest drug raising red flags is not part of the opioid family at the center of


CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks

Are patient satisfaction surveys fueling  dependence on pain killers?

If you’ve spent time as a hospital patient, you may recall receiving a survey about your experience. It turns out your answers can impact how much the hospital is paid and, in some cases, even what your doctor earns. The

Pain Management Survey Questions Will No Longer Impact Inpatient CMS Hospital Reimbursement Rates – AOTA

On October 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they will no longer use results from the pain management portion of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey to impact reimbursement rates

Fentanyl bust nets enough drugs to wipe out population of Ohio 

Police who busted a fentanyl ring in Columbus, Ohio found enough of the drug to kill the population of the entire city, prosecutors told Fox News. Investigators ended up finding 4.5 pounds of fentanyl in a drug bust in October,

West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis | Fox News

People expect to see the Army National Guard during disasters. In Huntington, W.Va., the guard has been called in to help tackle the opioid crisis — which the governor has described as a disaster. “We have to stop this terrible drug

Emory hosts community conversation on America’s opioid crisis | Emory University | 

Debra Houry, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and a former associate professor in Emory’s Department of Emergency Medicine As an emergency room doctor at Grady Hospital for 15 years, Houry’s views

Revised HCAHPS Pain Management Questions: What You Need to Know

CMS has proposed removing the current Pain Management composite, which consists of the following three questions. During this hospital stay, did you need medicine for pain? During this hospital stay, how often was your pain well controlled? During this hospital