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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.

Oregon officials to revisit back pain guidelines and revise chronic pain proposal

May 11, 2019
Source: Portland Business Journal
OHA's neck pain guidelines may be revised.

CDC Advises Against Misapplication of the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

April 30, 2019
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Some policies, practices attributed to the Guideline are inconsistent with its recommendations

Health-care providers say CDC’s opioid guidelines are harming pain patients

April 3, 2019
Source: The Washington Post
Health-care providers say CDC's opioid guidelines are harming pain patients. The agency said it has several studies underway that examine the impact of the recommendations.

Women's Pain Is Different From Men's—the Drugs Could Be Too

March 29, 2019
Source: Wired
A study in the journal Brain reveals differences in the sensory nerves that enter the spinal cords of men and women with neuropathic pain, which is persistent shooting or burning pain. The first such study in humans, it provides the most compelling evidence yet that we need different drugs for men and women.

State hits pause button on chronic pain proposal

March 15, 2019
Source: The Bend Bulletin
Oregon health officials have delayed consideration of a controversial change under the Oregon Health Plan that could have forced many patients with chronic pain off opioids.