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The Journal of Rheumatology reports a concerning increase in hospitalizations for opioid use disorder (OUD) in patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Comparing data from 1998-2000 vs 2015-2016, OUD hospitalization rates for gout, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and low back...

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An article in Substance Use and Addiction asks, “Are medication monitoring programs within a hospital associated with more accurate identification of patients with opioid use disorder through the use of proxy Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria for opioid use disorder...

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Opioid use and addiction have soared in the United States over the past 20 years, and drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury death.

Persons with opioid use disorder (OUD), particularly those injecting opioids, frequently require hospitalization and encounter need of acute opioid...

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In research presented today by the American Chemical Society (ACS), it is stated that long term opioid use can lead to chronic inflammation and heightened pain sensitivity. Why? Study leader Cody J. Wenthur, PharmD, PhD, commented, “…we started thinking that the patient’s own immune system could be...

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The American Medical Association just released a new OPIOID TASK FORCE 2020 PROGRESS REPORT in the hopes of reducing drug overdoses and deaths. Although prescription opioid overdose deaths have decreased, illicit drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine have risen. Last year, fentanyl...

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“Even during this global pandemic, we have continued to prioritize addressing the opioid crisis,” says Stephen M. Hahn, MD, the FDA’s Commissioner, referring to the FDA’s new labeling requirement. This labeling—on opioid pain medication and opioid use disorder medication—must include the...

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Abuse deterrent formulations: different manners of preventing someone from transgressing to the inhalation or snorting of medications, or intravenous use.

  • Aversion: if someone attempts to abuse the product it would not feel good. For instance, if the product is crushed and snorted, the nose is...

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From the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Highlights:

• The number of buprenorphine prescriptions dispensed increase 9.1% from from 2017 to 2018.

• Buprenorphine prescribing by nurse practitioners and physician assistants increased the most.

• Recent legislative and regulatory efforts...

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Newswise — A new study led by University of Kentucky researcher April Young and Emory University researcher Hannah Cooper shows that a number of pharmacies in the Appalachian region of Kentucky are limiting the dispensing of buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). This...

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