opioid addiction

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.
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.
AAP recommends medication-assisted therapy for adolescent opioid addictionOpioid abuse rates have reached epidemic proportions, doubling since the 1990s, and—despite the documented success of medication-assisted therapies in treating opioid addiction—less than half of teens with opioid abuse disorders receive such treatment.
Five ways you can help fight the opioid epidemicThe opioid crisis in the U.S. is a multidimensional problem requiring a multistakeholder solution.
Opioids: A pediatric epidemicOpioid use is now a significant problem for the pediatrician and the families served in pediatric practices. Whereas patients with a prior history of drug use, misuse, or suspicions of drug misuse have long been studied, monitored, screened, and treated for adverse outcomes, opioid-naïve patients with legitimate medical reasons for opioid prescriptions may represent a greater risk for opioid complications.
Treatment of opioid use disorderAs problems with opioid use and abuse in the United States increasingly emerge to create what is being called a public health epidemic, clinicians are facing the great challenge of trying to provide optimal pain management for their patients while being mindful of the potential deleterious effects of the highly addictive opioids.
How four health plans are fighting the opioid epidemic
How four health plans are fighting the opioid epidemicFrom new outreach programs to multidisciplinary teams, here are some new strategies health plans are employing to fight the opioid epidemic