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JAMA reports a noted increase in opioid use disorder treatments in those enrolled in Medicaid. The study looked at over a million enrollees from 11 states: medication treatment prevalence in 2014 was 47.8% and in 2018, 57.1%. Of note, use of OUD medication was higher in pregnant women and white...

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How much of a problem is doctor shopping? “Doctor shopping” is defined as ≥1 day of getting overlapping prescriptions for opioids from ≥2 prescribers and going to ≥3 pharmacies to have them filled. A recent article published in the Journal of Pain Research looked at patients with chronic noncancer...

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The Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act was recently introduced into the House of Representatives, after working its way through the senate. Its goal? To make it easier to access non-opioid pain management treatments. The Act hopes to “address payment disincentives for...

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The lamprey is an eel-like creature in which researchers have found a protein called parapinopsin. This discovery was part of the research used to determine how brain neurons work, and may be controlled. The parapinopsin inhibited neurons, and turned off brain circuits. A similar system could be...

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Medication and/or psychotherapy does not work for approximately 30% of patients with major depression. How can practitioners help those who are unresponsive? Brain stimulation may help, but for every person with a mental disorder, there may be a different manifestation and potential response to...

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An article published in the Annals of Family Medicine journal states that painkillers may not address all aspects of pain, and may add to dysfunction. In their abstract, pain experts Mark Sullivan and Jane Ballantyne, from the University of Washington School of Medicine, state, "The US opioid...

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From the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting Scientific Poster Abstracts: 205. Coauthored by Senior PAINWeek Faculty Dr. Kevin Zacharoff.

Many physicians report inadequate training in the areas of pain assessment, treatment, and aberrant drug-related behaviors. This presentation will describe the...

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Naloxone saves lives. But it’s not a treatment for abuse. Some people feel drug users will carry naloxone and think they have a free pass to take drugs. Others disagree. In this interview, Dr. Mel Pohl, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and chief medical...

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Newswise — An estimated one in five Americans suffer from chronic pain, and more than 40 people die every day from prescription opioid overdoses. But due to COVID-19 shutdowns, many people trying to manage their pain and addiction have lost their support programs.

Professor Lewis S. Nelson...

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Newswise — Opioid overdoses take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans annually. Two researchers from Penn State College of Medicine have received nearly $5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study whether an already-approved drug can be used to reduce cravings and prevent...

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