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Many Pharmacies Don't Follow Opioid Antidote Law

Nov 14, 2018 , WebMD
Many pharmacies need to be taught about the law that allows them to give out the opioid antidote naloxone without a prescription, a new study...
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In Buffalo Emergency Departments, A Better Way To Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Nov 14, 2018 , NewsLine - Healthcare Professionals
An innovative, cost-effective program at more than a dozen hospitals in Western New York provides medication-assisted treatment to opioid use disorder patients in emergency departments (EDs) and rapidly transitions them into long-term treatment at a community clinic, all within about 48 hours. The ......
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Many U.S. drugstores fail to provide naloxone for opioid overdoses

Nov 14, 2018 , Reuters
(Reuters Health) - Despite state laws expanding access to the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription, two U.S. studies suggest many pharmacies don't stock the drug or make it easily available to people who need it....
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Jail Conversations With Late Football Star Aaron Hernandez Depict Culture Of Rampant Opioid Abuse In NFL

Nov 14, 2018 , Kaiser Health News
One NFL player, Mike Pouncey, complained to Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for murder, that “they don’t even want to give me my Toradol shots anymore.” In another call, former Patriot Brandon Spikes recalled “how they used to pass [painkillers] out on...
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Data Points: Opioid prescription numbers are down, but still a problem

Nov 11, 2018 , Modern Healthcare Breaking News
The FDA on Nov. 2 approved a new super-potent opioid tablet for use in hospitals. While prescribing numbers for opioids have been declining for the past few years, prescription use of painkillers still present a major challenge for combating...
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HHS Wants Popular Herbal Supplement Kratom Placed In Same Class As Heroin For Its ‘High Potential For Abuse’

Nov 10, 2018 , Kaiser Health News
Scientists worry, however, that such a ban would stifle research on chemicals that could be developed into alternatives to the addictive prescription opioids. In other news on the crisis: needle exchanges, employee injuries, medical devices, and a controversial death certificate...
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Only a Quarter of Opioid Painkillers Taken After Most Surgeries

Nov 10, 2018 , MedicineNet
Title: Only a Quarter of Opioid Painkillers Taken After Most SurgeriesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/7/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/8/2018 12:00:00...
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U.S. regulators snip red tape for medical devices to curb opioid crisis

Nov 10, 2018 , Reuters
Laura Perryman expected her medical company, Stimwave Technologies Inc, would have to wait several years for its painkilling device to win U.S. approval as a treatment for chronic migraines....
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Surgery Patients Use Only 1/4 Of The Opioids A Surgeon Gives -- But The Bigger The Prescription, The More They Take

Nov 09, 2018 , NewsLine - Healthcare Professionals
Many surgeons write prescriptions for opioid pain medications four times larger than what their patients will actually use after common operations, a new study shows. And the size of that prescription may be the most important factor in how many opioid pills the patient will take – outweighing thei......
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New Study Indicates Opioid Overdose Reversal Products Chemically Stable Well Past Expiration Date

Nov 09, 2018 , NewsLine - Healthcare Professionals
A widely used naloxone nasal spray (NNS) and naloxone injection (NIJ), otherwise known as Narcan® and Evzio®, which are administered to prevent opioid overdose deaths, were found to be chemically stable up for at least ten months and beyond one year of the expiration date, respectively. According to......
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Over 2 Million Americans Have Hepatitis C; Opioids Help Drive Spread

Nov 09, 2018 , MedicineNet
Title: Over 2 Million Americans Have Hepatitis C; Opioids Help Drive SpreadCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/6/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/7/2018 12:00:00...
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Blue Cross Drops Oxy Coverage In AL For 2019, But Will It Help Curb Opioid Abuse?

Nov 09, 2018 , NewsLine - Healthcare Professionals
Blue Cross of Alabama announced Wednesday that it would drop standard formulation of OxyContin coverage in 2019 as an effort to deter opioid abuse. According to Alabama’s opioid action plan, there were 742 overdose deaths in 2016. University of Alabama at Birmingham professor and addiction speci......
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Michael Fraser to receive NACDS Foundation Excellence in Patient Care award

Nov 09, 2018 , Drug Store News - Retail
Michael Fraser, CEO of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will be honored by NACDS Foundation for addressing the opioid-abuse epidemic and other healthcare issues. Read More...
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Surgical patients receive four times the opioids they use, study shows

Nov 09, 2018 , Modern Healthcare Breaking News
Surgeons write opioid prescriptions for four times as many pills as patients actually use, according to a study that found the prescription quantity, not reported pain, is the strongest predictor of opioid...
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Blue Cross of Alabama to cease OxyContin coverage in 2019

Nov 09, 2018 , Modern Healthcare Breaking News
Alabama's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of an effort to deter opioid...
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The Medical Minute: Naloxone Rescue Kits Now Being Prescribed Alongside High-Dose Prescriptions

Nov 09, 2018 , NewsLine - Healthcare Professionals
Doctors now regularly prescribe drugs that reverse the effects of opioids in tandem with high-dose prescriptions of the painkillers. Patients who receive prescriptions for 50 morphine equivalents or more of opioids, such as Percocet, Vicodin, Norco, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl and Oxycontin, can ......
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Viewpoints: Dangers About New Opioid For Soldiers Extremely Overplayed; Make It Easy, Inexpensive To Buy Naloxone

Nov 09, 2018 , Kaiser Health News
Opinion writers weigh in on these and other health...
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Fraction of Opioids Taken After Most Surgeries

Nov 08, 2018 , WebMD
People typically use only a quarter of the opioid painkillers prescribed to them after surgery, according to a new study. The leftover pills are ripe for misuse, addiction and overdose, researchers...
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2nd Baby Born to a Kratom-Using Mom Has Withdrawal

Nov 08, 2018 , WebMD
A second baby exposed to kratom during his mother's pregnancy may signal a broader trend among pregnant women toward seeking alternatives to opioid painkillers, a study author...
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Insys Planning To Sell Off Opioid-Related Assets, Following Settlement In Federal Investigation

Nov 07, 2018 , Kaiser Health News
Potential sell-off plans include Insys' Subsys, a mouth-spray version of the fentanyl painkiller, and formulations of buprenorphine. In other pharma news, the FDA continues to find quality control problems at Akorn manufacturing plants....
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