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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has developed new online trainings that give more information about safer prescribing of opioids for chronic pain. The training series offers free continuing education.


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Date Added: 01/21/2019
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement Medicare Part D opioid overutilization policies on Jan. 1, 2019, including improved opioid safety alerts and drug management programs. Training materials are available for prescribers, pharmacists and patients. Visit the CMS website to learn more.


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Date Added: 01/21/2019
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Visit the American Pharmacists Association's (APHA) opioid resource center for clinical resources, training and other tools.


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Date Added: 01/18/2019
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Read this article, which discusses the issue of naloxone availability in many pharmacies.


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Date Added: 01/18/2019
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created a roadmap to outline efforts being made to address the opioid epidemic. The roadmap describes a three-pronged approach focused on prevention, treatment and use of data to drive activities.


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Date Added: 07/05/2018
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This video series details the rise in opioid addiction in Arkansas and how the health care community and other groups across the state have worked together to reduce the amount of deaths related to opioid overdoses.


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Date Added: 06/29/2018
Date Last Modified: 06/28/2018

Providers can access these free online modules to learn how to apply the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendations for opioid prescribing.


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Date Added: 04/13/2018
Date Last Modified: 04/13/2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a guide for providers to help treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). Prescribing guidance for approved medications to treat OUD and strategies to support patients taking the medications is included in the guide.


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Date Added: 02/27/2018
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In this webinar, speakers explored strategies to help patients manage pain while minimizing the danger of opioid misuse.


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Date Added: 02/21/2018
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Part D Medicare drug plans and pharmacy benefit management companies who administer these plans are restricting more costly but more effective and less addictive opioid treatment options for patients.


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Date Added: 09/19/2017
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The Indian Health Service has implemented a new Internet Eligible Controlled Substance Provider Designation Policy to help increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder in rural areas.


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Date Added: 11/20/2018
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Read this article by the Surgeon General on the critical role that the faith-based community plays in addressing the opioid crisis.


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Date Added: 09/28/2018
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This Prescription Monitoring Porgram datasheet from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy reviews the controlled substances with the most prescriptions in the state, the types of providers prescribing these substsances and other pertinent data for Fiscal Year 2018.


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Date Added: 05/08/2018
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This patient fact sheet discusses common facts about prescription opioids and provides a list of questions for patients to ask their doctors before receiving a prescription for opioids.


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Date Added: 01/18/2018
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This article by the Health Resources and Services Administration highlights the work community health centers are doing to help Americans struggling with opioid addiction.


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Date Added: 10/11/2018
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Read about a team of emergency department physicians and their experience implementing an opioid de-prescribing protocol.


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Date Added: 10/10/2018
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This new study published in JAMA Network Open discusses the risk of overdose in Medicare Part D beneficiaries when opioids are combined with other drugs.


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Date Added: 07/25/2018
Date Last Modified: 07/25/2018

How is your community affected by the opioid crisis, and what can you do? Reference this guide to identify the scope of the problem and implement strategies to address the opioid crisis in your community.


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Date Added: 07/25/2018
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This news article reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking manufacturers to change packaging of loperamide due to the growing concern of the misuse of the drug.


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Date Added: 02/07/2018
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The National Instiute for Healthcare Management has developed a new infographic on the opioid crisis.


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Date Added: 02/06/2018
Date Last Modified: 02/06/2018

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality released an interactive map by state on trends in opioid-related hospitalizations (2009-2014).


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Date Added: 08/11/2017
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This Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief presents data from HCUP Fast Stats on the rates of opioid-related hospital inpatient stays and ED visits by patient location (urban/rural) and community-level income from 2005 to 2014.


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Date Added: 08/10/2017
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This toolkit from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration equips communities and local governments with material to develop policies and practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. This toolkit is also available in Spanish.


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Date Added: 08/14/2018
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This comparative review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality determines doses, routes of administration and dosing strategies for naloxone, a drug used for suspected opioid oversode.


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Date Added: 06/06/2018
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Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent in all parts of the U.S. from July 2016 through September 2017. View this video and read the fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about opioid overdoses.


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Date Added: 03/26/2018
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This tool helps providers guide patients through signs and risk factors for opioid overdoses. Additionally, it introduces naloxone, how to administer it and how to access its different forms. This tool is in culturally appropriate Spanish for Puerto Rico


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Date Added: 08/30/2017
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This tool helps providers guide patients through signs and risk factors for opioid overdoses. Additionally, it introduces naloxone, how to administer it and how to access its different forms. This tool is in culturally appropriate Spanish for the U.S.


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Date Added: 08/30/2017
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This tool helps providers guide patients through signs and risk factors for opioid overdoses. Additionally, it introduces naloxone, how to administer it and how to access its different forms.


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Date Added: 08/23/2017
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A recent Journal of the American Medical Association article suggests that hospitals that treat patients for a non-fatal opioid overdose are not using this opportunity to determine if opioid over-prescribing is occurring or if the patient needs medication-assisted treatment.


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Date Added: 08/23/2017
Date Last Modified: 08/23/2017

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention released an article that discusses key point on opioid use in the United States. Despite reductions in opioid prescribing in some parts of the country, the amount of opioids prescribed remains high relative to 1999 levels and varies substantially at the county level.


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Date Added: 07/13/2017
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Hospitalizations involving opioid pain relievers and heroin increased 75 percent for women between 2005 and 2014, a jump that significantly outpaced the 55 percent increase among men, according to this AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project statistical brief.


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Date Added: 06/28/2017
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The Washington State AMDG has both an app and Excel spreadsheet that allows clinicians to calculate morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs).


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Date Added: 06/22/2017
Date Last Modified: 06/22/2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that uses the indicators of dosing, count and day's supply to predict long-term opioid use in a study that spans 2006–2015.


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Date Added: 03/29/2017
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This fact sheet educates patients on the basics of opioid-induced constipation and gives recommended next steps. This tool is in culturally appropriate U.S. Spanish.


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Date Added: 03/24/2017
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This fact sheet educates patients on the basics of opioid-induced constipation and gives recommended next steps. This tool is in Spanish suitable for a Puerto Rican audience.


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Date Added: 03/24/2017
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An article in the New England Journal of Medicine examines the relationship between naloxone drug prices and opioid-related deaths in America.


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Date Added: 12/14/2016
Date Last Modified: 12/14/2016

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has offered guidelines for physicians using medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder. This no-cost guide discusses various types of approved medications, screening tools, assessment tools and best practices for patient care.


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Date Added: 04/05/2016
Date Last Modified: 04/05/2016

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released this guideline containing recommendations, dosing, selection and other valuable evidence-based clinical information on the prescribing of opioids for chronic pain.


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Date Added: 03/21/2016
Date Last Modified: 03/21/2016

Through a new initiative, the National Quality Forum's (NQF's) National Quality Partners will bring together experts to develop a practical resource to help health care practitioners better manage their patients’ pain while reducing the risk of opioid addiction.


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Date Added: 07/24/2017
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new materials to help curb prescription opioid abuse and overdose. A few of the new features are a mobile application and educational videos.


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Date Added: 01/06/2017
Date Last Modified: 01/06/2017

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) released a recent article on "Opioid Abuse in Chronic Pain — Misconceptions and Mitigation Strategies." This article has excellent information on mitigation strategies, reducing opioid overdose and risk of addiction.


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Date Added: 06/16/2016
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Give this resource to patients with high pain levels to learn when to call the doctor or visit an emergency room. This document is in Spanish suitable for a Puerto Rican audience.


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Date Added: 06/14/2016
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Give this resource to patients with high pain levels to learn when to call the doctor or visit an emergency room.


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Date Added: 06/14/2016
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This naloxone guide for Missouri patients and families explains how opioids work, when to suspect signs of an overdose and the side effects of naloxone.


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Date Added: 05/04/2017
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This fact sheet educates patients on the basics of opioid-induced constipation and gives recommended next steps.


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Date Added: 02/09/2017
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Download this one-page checklist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which lists what to consider and assess if prescribing opioids for chronic pain conditions.


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Date Added: 06/28/2016
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Download this two-page document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provides guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.


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Date Added: 06/28/2016
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Nearly every state has a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which collects data on prescriptions for controlled substances to facilitate detection of suspicious prescribing and utilization. This article discusses if these programs actually reduce the misuse of opioids?


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Date Added: 06/12/2017
Date Last Modified: 06/12/2017

Results of this study concluded that for opioid users who did not use benzodiazepines, concurrent use of both drugs was associated with an increased risk of an emergency room visit or inpatient admission for opioid overdose among all opioid users.


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Date Added: 03/16/2017
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This New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article discusses how there is a wide variation in rates of opioid prescribing among physicians prescribing within the same emergency department. Additionally, it describes how the rates at which long-term opioids were used increased among patients who had not previously received opioids and received treatment from high-intensity opioid prescribers.


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Date Added: 03/06/2017
Date Last Modified: 03/06/2017

This document details the emergence and purpose of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and describes how PDMP use can enhance clinical decision making. It also explains how it improves individual patient safety while also helping decrease prescription drug misuse and unintentional overdose deaths.


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Date Added: 02/14/2017
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Refer to this fact sheet to learn about adverse drug events when pairing opioids with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). This resource is in Spanish suitable for a Puerto Rican audience.


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Date Added: 09/06/2016
Date Last Modified: 09/06/2016

Refer to this fact sheet to learn about adverse drug events when pairing opioids with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).


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Date Added: 09/06/2016
Date Last Modified: 09/06/2016

FDA review has found that the growing combined use of opioid medicines with benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system has resulted in serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing and deaths.


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Date Added: 09/02/2016
Date Last Modified: 09/02/2016

This new guidance from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is based on a review of the current evidence on the effectiveness of available medications for the treatment of opioid-use disorders.


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Date Added: 02/02/2015
Date Last Modified: 02/02/2015

 
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