Author: Pollen Williamson

Anatomy of an Epidemic: The Opioid Crisis in America – Online Sessions

Anatomy of an Epidemic Objectives: Participants will become familiar with the current opioid addiction crisis. Participants will be introduced to Medication Assisted Treatment as a primary case tool to address the opioid crisis. Credit Offered for Sessions: ANATOMY OF AN EPIDEMIC: THE OPIOID CRISIS IN AMERICA Hours Description 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit Provider initiated continuing education for physicians 1 Contact Hours Nurses: This educational activity can be applied toward your continuing competence plan for maintaining your current licensure with the North Carolina Board of Nursing.   Register...

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Opioid-Related Hospitalizations: State Trends & County Level Impact

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an online statistical resource today that for the first time provides county-level comparisons of hospitalization rates for substance use, including opioids, alcohol, stimulants and other drugs. While statistics show that alcohol-related hospitalizations ranked first in most communities, opioids and stimulants ranked second or third for hospitalizations in nearly all of the more than 1,600 counties and two cities that provided data in the analysis. “We believe AHRQ’s new resource will help communities better understand local challenges and support their efforts to formulate the most effective remedies to reduce substance abuse,...

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FDA to Expand Medication-Assisted Therapy for Individuals with Opioid Addiction

The FDA has said it would publish two guidances, recommendations for drugmakers, on the issue of expanding medication-assisted therapy for individuals with opioid use disorder. One encourages the development of new, longer-acting formulations of existing drugs for opioid treatment. The other, which was described in detail to The Times, said new drugs would be eligible for approval that don’t end addiction but help with aspects of it, such as cravings, or overdoses, with the goal remaining complete abstinence. “We will permit an endpoint that shows substantial reductions but does not require the patient to be totally clean at every...

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Study on Patient-Centered Opioid Tapering in Outpatients with Chronic Pain

A study recently published in JAMA looked at solutions for patients and physicians to successfully reduce long-term prescription opioid dosages in settings without behavioral services. The risks associated with prescription opioids are well described. Although reducing opioid use is a national priority, existing opioid tapering models use costly interdisciplinary teams that are largely inaccessible to patients and their physicians. This study of voluntary, patient-centered opioid tapering in outpatients with chronic pain without behavioral treatment suggests that a substantial fraction of patients at a pain clinic may wish to engage in voluntary opioid tapering. The data collected challenged common notions...

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PCSS Projects Merge and Launch a New Website to Help Clinicians Address OUD

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS), a grant project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), launched a new, streamlined website to make educational resources, trainings, and mentoring on substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders easier for health care professionals to access. PCSSNow.org marks a natural transition from two SAMHSA-funded projects — PCSS for Medication Assisted Treatment and PCSS for Opioid Therapies—to a single overarching approach dedicated to providing cutting edge, evidence-based information on preventing and treating substance use disorders with co-occurring mental disorders, chronic pain and opioid use disorders. Check out the new website...

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