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Don't Force Patients Off Opioids Abruptly, New Guidelines Say, Warning Of Severe Risks

October 11, 2019
Source: National Public Radio (NPR)
Sometimes doctors rapidly taper their chronic pain patients' opioid doses. Now a federal agency recommends against this.

HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use

October 10, 2019
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The HHS Guide provides advice to clinicians who are contemplating or initiating a change in opioid dosage.

NIH funds $945 million in research to tackle the national opioid crisis through NIH HEAL Initiative

September 26, 2019
Source: National Institutes of Health
To reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $945 million in total fiscal year 2019 funding for grants, contracts and cooperative agreements across 41 states through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative or NIH HEAL Initiative.

How To Teach Future Doctors About Pain In The Midst Of The Opioid Crisis

September 11, 2019
National Public Radio (NPR)
The next generation of doctors will start their careers at a time when physicians are feeling pressure to limit prescriptions for opioid painkillers.

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Are Slowing The Flow Of Pills — But Progress Is Slow

August 14, 2019
Source: NPR (National Public Radio) 
Surgeons are starting to reduce their opioid prescribing habits a little. But they still prescribe a lot of pain pills in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis.

Nearly 50% Of New Mothers In U.S. Prescribed Opioids During Last Decade, Study Finds

July 30, 2019
Source: Forbes 
During the last decade, almost 50% of new mothers in the U.S. were prescribed opioids before or after delivery, according to results of a new study. 

Medical Schools Look To Educate The Next Generation Of Doctors On Pain

July 30, 2019
Source: WBUR Boston's NPR News Station
Training around use and misuse of opioids begins in the first year of med school, and students spend 30 hours of the curriculum learning about topics related to opioids and substance use.

Six ways to manage opioids in small, rural clinics

July 9, 2019
Source: University of Washington Medicine Newsroom  
In a study group, the number of people on high-dose opioids decreased by 14 percent over 15 months. Clinics and their leaders assessed how they were managing opioid patients and identified how they wanted to improve.

New Survey Finds Older Adults Are Concerned About Opioid Abuse But Admit Misusing Drugs

June 26, 2019
Source: Forbes
It’s an epidemic from which no one is immune. Yet while opioid addiction continues to make headlines every day in America, much of the news focuses on what’s happening with young adults. But the truth is, no demographic is insusceptible to the risks of dependence and addiction—including older Americans.

Oregon nixes forced opioid tapers for back pain, declines to cover 5 other conditions

May 17, 2019
Source: Portland Business Journal
Back pain patients on long-term opioid therapy will not necessarily be required to taper off under a new policy.