Seven things to know about Express Scripts’ plan to limit opioidsAs President Trump declares the opioid epidemic “a national emergency,” a new opioid management program from Express Scripts will limit the number and strength of opioid drugs to first-time patients.
Fourteen things Trump needs to know about opioidsAs President Trump promises fight the opioid epidemic, here are 14 things experts want him to know.
Insurer: No more prior auths for opioid addiction medsAs part of efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, Cigna removes prior authorization from medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.
Top risk factors for opioid use disorder, overdoseIn 2014, nearly 2 million Americans met the diagnostic criteria for a past-year prescription opioid use disorder, and at least 14,000 people died from a prescription opioid overdose. Read about the top drivers and risk factors.
Can heroin use start with nonmedical opioid use? (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara explains key findings from a study published in Pediatrics. The study looked at whether children and adolescents who engage in nonmedical use of opioid medications are increasing their future risk of heroin use.
Part II: Law: Educating and empowering patients and caregivers: The pharmacist’s role in reducing the risk of opioid overdose
Part II: Law: Educating and empowering patients and caregivers: The pharmacist’s role in reducing the risk of opioid overdoseThe goal of this program is to provide knowledge and awareness of the safety, efficacy, and legal status of the opioid overdose antagonist naloxone as part of a comprehensive opioid overdose education for patients and caregivers.
New data: Treating injection drug users with HCVNew study results show that people with chronic HCV who inject drugs and are on opioid agonist therapy respond well to an investigational therapy.
Top 6 new facts on drug overdosesDeaths from drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of deaths linked to motor vehicles and firearms, according to the new 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), released by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Heroin bill may give boost to providers treating substance abuseKentucky Senate Bill 192 may fund substance abuse providers to thwart heroin epidemic.
New HHS plan on opioids ups naloxone useHealth and Human Services (HHS) recently launched a widespread initiative – including increasing the use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses – aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin related overdose, death and dependence.