• Will opiate shortages become the new opioid crisis?

    Opiate addiction has been deemed a "public health emergency" by HHS, but hospitals may have to prepare to face a different opioid crisis — a shortage of the medications hospitals use to manage pain, according to WPTV.  By Alia Paavola -
  • Mississippi, Alabama hospitals file opioid lawsuit against drugmakers

    Attorneys representing one Mississippi hospital and two Alabama hospitals filed a lawsuit Thursday against several drugmakers, alleging the companies engaged in deceptive marketing campaigns to promote the use of opioids to treat chronic pain, according to a report from the Clarion Ledger.   By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Trump pledges Q3 salary to fight opioid crisis

    President Donald Trump Thursday pledged his third quarter presidential salary to HHS to help the agency fight the opioid epidemic, according to STAT.  By Alia Paavola -
  • Jeff Sessions rolls out new initiatives to fight opioid epidemic

    During a Wednesday press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions introduced new joint initiates the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration will carry out to address the nation's opioid crisis, according to a report from CBS News.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Kellyanne Conway to spearhead White House response to opioid crisis

    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway will take the helm of the Trump White House's response to America's ongoing opioid overdose and addiction epidemic, according to comments made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • DEA mandates 20% reduction in opioid manufacturing for 2018

    The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an order Nov. 8, finalizing an August proposal to mandate a 20 percent decrease in the production of certain opioid medications for 2018.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • 1 in 6 ER visits in Q2 were opioid related

    In the second quarter of 2017, one in every six ER visits was opioid related, according to data published Monday by the AI health outcomes and data company OM1.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • How community pharmacists are fighting the opioid epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has many faces.  By Sean Powers -
  • Study: 61% of opioid overdoses occur among chronic pain patients

    More than 60 percent of patients who die of an opioid overdose likely have a diagnosed chronic pain condition, suggests a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.     By Brian Zimmerman -
  • 1 in 4 Arizona teens prescribed opioids misuse the drugs

    Twenty-five percent of teens prescribed opioids in Arizona misuse the medications, according to a survey conducted by San Francisco-based Dignity Health and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Florida's PDMP rolled out in 2011, but only 21% of physicians are registered

    As of November 2016, only 21 percent of Florida's physicians and 57 percent of pharmacists signed up for the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which was established in 2011, according to researchers at the Gainsville-based University of Florida Health.  By Julie Spitzer -
  • Should opioid addiction be considered a hospital-acquired condition?

    Some medical experts and healthcare administrators are making the case that if an individual's addiction to opioids is directly rooted in hospital-based care, the hospital should be penalized, according to a recent report from NPR.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Baby boomers and millennials most harmed by opioid crisis

    The nation's ongoing opioid overdose crisis is primarily affecting the baby boomer and millennial generations, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Study: Medication therapies cheaper than detox for opioid addiction treatment

    While most patients seeking treatment for opioid addiction in California undergo medically supervised detoxification, this method is less effective and more expensive than immediately treating patients with abstinence programs and methadone or buprenorphine, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Medline creates fentanyl-resistant gloves for emergency medical workers

    As the number of fentanyl-related overdoses continue to rise, more emergency medical workers and law enforcement officers run the risk of overdosing due to secondhand exposure to the potent substance.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Minnesota counties, cities join national surge of opioid epidemic lawsuits

    County board commissioners from at least six Minnesota counties have authorized attorneys to enter agreements with private law firms to either file a lawsuit or consider litigation against drugmakers and distributors to recoup expenses related to the public cost of responding to the opioid epidemic, according to a report from the StarTribune.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • White House: Opioid epidemic's actual cost tops $500B

    America's opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy more than $500 billion in 2015, dwarfing previous annual estimates produced by multiple groups of researchers, according to a report conducted by the White House's Council of Economic Advisers.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Florida saw opioid overdose deaths surge 35% in 2016

    The total number of drug overdose deaths in Florida increased by 22 percent from 2015 to 2016, with opioid-related overdoses increasing 35 percent, according to a report compiled by the state's medical examiners released Wednesday and cited by The News Service of Florida.   By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Cardinal Health rolls out Opioid Action Program

    Cardinal Health launched its Opioid Action Program Thursday to help communities in the four states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic — Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  • Clinical Genomics and Quest Diagnostics announce FDA 510(K) clearance of InSure® ONE™

    At-home collection, one-day fecal immunochemical test that meets American Cancer Society guidelines and HEDIS quality measures for lower gastrointestinal bleeding screening programs A number of medical conditions may be associated with lower gastrointestinal bleeding, including colorectal cancer.    By Quest Diagnostics -

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