Posts Tagged opioids

CDC: Deaths from Synthetic Opioids Continue to Climb

U.S. overdose death rates linked to synthetic opioids increased more than 45 percent in 2017, likely driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths from heroin and prescription opioids remained stable. “The drug overdose

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HRSA Announces Opioid Response Funding for Rural Communities

Healthcare providers and others can apply through Jan. 15 for planning grants to prevent and reduce opioid use disorder in high-risk rural counties through community partnerships, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced last week. HRSA’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program expects to award $24

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CDC: Opioid Epidemic Driving Up Hepatitis C Infections

Nearly 2.4 million Americans are living with Hepatitis C and the amount of new infections each year is “disturbingly high” and growing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week. The number of reported cases more than tripled from 2010 to 2016 nationwide,

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New Opioid Abuse Resources

Telemedicine and Prescribing Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Among Patients Aged 65 Years and Older Any Use and Frequent Use of Opioids among Elderly Adults

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NASEM To Develop New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The Food and Drug Administration has awarded a contract to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to develop evidence-based guidelines for appropriate opioid analgesic prescribing for acute pain resulting from specific conditions or procedures. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said the “primary scope

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Naloxone Use by EMS Providers Up 75% Over Four Years

Naloxone administration by emergency medical service providers increased 75% between 2012 and 2016, mirroring the trend in fatal opioid overdoses over the period, according to an analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young adults comprised a growing share of naloxone recipients

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SAMHSA Releases Spanish Toolkit to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a Spanish-language version of its Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. Also available in English, the toolkit offers information and resources to help first responders, prescribers, patients/families and community members prevent opioid overdose. AHA also offers a toolkit to

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AHRQ Releases Opioid Management Toolkit for Primary Care Providers

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released an online toolkit to help primary care practices improve care for patients taking opioids for chronic pain. Called Six Building Blocks, the toolkit offers a structured team-based approach to improvement in six areas: leadership and consensus;

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CDC: Hospital Births by Women with OUD Quadruple over 15 Years

The number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at labor and delivery more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2014, to 6.5 per 1,000 hospital births, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State rates in 2014 varied

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CDC Alerts Providers to Rise in Opioid Deaths Involving Fentanyl

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently alerted health care providers and others to a continued increase in opioid overdose deaths involving fentanyl and its analogs. Among other increases, the number of overdose deaths involving the analog carfentanil, 100 times more potent than fentanyl,

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