A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain is now LIVE!

May 24th, 2016

This online education course designed for prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances addresses the need to decrease the morbidity and mortality association with opioids and other controlled substances while providing effective care for patients with chronic pain. As a result of the training, practitioners will be better equipped to prescribe opioids safely, appropriately and effectively.

Authored and presented by James W. Finch, MD, Addiction Medicine Family Physician and Medical Director of Changes by Choice in Durham, NC and Steven Prakken MD, Pain Management Physician and Chief of Medical Pain Service at Duke University.

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Obama Administration Addresses Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use

November 10th, 2015

The President issued a Memorandum to Federal Departments and Agencies, directing them to (1) ensure that prescribers of opioids are properly trained and to (2) improve access to treatment for prescription drug abuse and heroin use.

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ASAM Releases New Policy Statement on Marijuana, Cannabinoids, and Legalization

November 10th, 2015

Join Together/Partnership for Drug Free Kids reports on the new ASAM policy statement that makes recommendations and details the latest research on the health, safety and public health effects.

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The ASAM Policy Statement on Marijuana, Cannabinoids, and Legalization recommends a balanced response to legalization efforts, offering support for decriminalization and access to treatment, as well as detailing several public health and safety measures that should be instituted by jurisdictions that legalize marijuana to protect vulnerable populations.

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Can Genetic Testing Prevent Methadone Deaths?

November 10th, 2015

New research from Washington University in St. Louis has identified genetic subtypes that govern methadone clearance. Given the variable and unpredictable half-life and clearance of methadone, the hope is that genetic testing could identify the slow metabolizers and prevent deaths.

“A person’s genetic makeup influences how an enzyme in the liver metabolizes methadone,” says principal investigator Evan D. Kharasch, a professor of anesthesiology, biochemistry, and molecular biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “This explains why some people can have very high levels of methadone in their blood—high enough to trigger a potential overdose—even if they have received the same dose of the drug as others who are not affected the same way.”

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National Council’s Infographic Addresses the Role of Mental Health and Substance Abuse on Mortality

November 10th, 2015

According to the infographic community-based addiction treatment can lead to a:

  • 35% reduction in inpatient costs
  • 39% reduction in ER costs; and
  • 26% reduction in total medical costs

View the infographic

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Death Rates for middle aged white Americans on rise

November 10th, 2015

In case you missed it, the NY Times reported on a dramatic demographic development related to opioid overdose and substance use in US.

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Prescription Drug Community Action Kit

October 29th, 2015

National Safety Council

The National Safety Council Prescription Drug Community Action Kit includes strategies to help community leaders can begin taking action now:

  • Engage the medical community to reduce opioid painkiller prescribing
  • Learn about naloxone, an antidote that stops drug overdose and how community distribution immediately saves lives
  • Raise community awareness and engage local media in covering the problem
  • Expand community medication disposal programs
  • Read about Madison, Wisconsin, an NSC safe community and how they are tackling prescription drug overdose in their community
  • Share inspiring stories from survivor advocates who are making a difference in their community
  • Share inspiring stories from survivor advocates who are making a difference in their community
  • Get free fact sheets, engaging videos and educational graphics to educate the community and use for social media

Click here to read more and download your free action kit.

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