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Month: October 2017

New Alcohol Treatment Navigator Website

The National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) has launched a new tool to help practitioners treat their patients who have been diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD). The Alcohol Treatment Navigator website helps individuals and their loved ones negotiate the often-complicated process of choosing treatment for alcohol misuse by telling them what they need to know, and what they need to do, and how to recognize and choose quality care. Alcohol Treatment...

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Gabapentin, Opioids & Risk of Opioid-Related Death

Gabapentin is often co-prescribed with opioids to treat chronic pain and these therapeutic agents can suppress breathing, which can be fatal. This study found that among patients receiving prescription opioids, concomitant treatment with gabapentin was associated with a substantial increase in the risk of opioid-related death. Clinicians should consider carefully whether to continue prescribing this combination of products and, when the combination is deemed necessary, should closely monitor their patients and adjust opioid dose accordingly. Read...

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