opioid addiction

The opioid pain paradoxI was recently discussing the complexities of opioid management of chronic pain with a medical student, when I recalled the following story.
How Should Opioid Addiction Be Treated?As the opioid crisis worsens, debates rage about the best methods to combat it.
Four health systems develop opioid mitigation programsAlternatives to opioids programs emerge as viable tools to mitigate the crisis.
New state laws let patients refuse opioid prescriptionsFour states have passed laws allowing patients to insert directives into their medical records saying they refuse their physicians’ prescriptions for opioids.
Walgreens Fights the Opioid Crisis
Walgreens Fights the Opioid CrisisWhat a large national chain is doing to combat opioid abuse (and what other pharmacies can learn from it).
Opinion: Substance use disorder privacy law limits both payers, prescribersTwo University of Massachusetts Medical School pharmacists make the case to reform or align 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA to better serve patients with substance use disorder.
Addiction Risks Rise after Day Three of an Opioid PrescriptionThe length of an initial opioid prescription influences the risks of long-term use.
Fighting Opioid Abuse
Fighting Opioid AbuseHow pharmacists can help fight the battle.
Chains Step up Efforts Against Drug AbuseNaloxone can now be dispensed without a prescription in 33 states and Washington, DC. Here's how two big pharmacy chains are making the livesaving opioid antagonist more accessible.
How data analytics combats the opioid epidemicDeaths due to opioid abuse have risen sharply—and show no signs of leveling off. Here’s how data analytics can prevent abuse and diversion.