opioid addiction

Program uses provider, patient incentives to fight opioid epidemicProviders are coming up short when it comes to HEDIS measures related to substance abuse. Here’s how one health plan is changing that.
Two opioid use disorder drug developments to watchNew physician-administered therapies on the horizon may help rein in the opioid epidemic.
FDA alters stance on opioid addiction drugs
FDA alters stance on opioid addiction drugsFDA is advising that these 2 opioid addiction medications should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system.
FDA Okays Benzodiazepines and Medication-Assisted Opioid Addiction Treatment
FDA Okays Benzodiazepines and Medication-Assisted Opioid Addiction TreatmentA new communication says benzodiazepines can be used with buprenorphine or methadone, if carefully managed.
Trump declares Opioid ‘National Emergency’: 3 healthcare impactsExperts share how the declaration could affect how the opioid epidemic is managed.
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).