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Primary Care Clinic Re-Design for Prescription Opioid Management article published

The first article out of the Team-Based Opioid Management study was published in the January-February issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. You may read the full article here. It details the development of the Building Blocks. The abstract is below.   Abstract Background The challenge of responding to prescription opioid

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Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits by State, 2009-2014

Here is the full Statistical Brief on opioid-related inpatient stays & ED visits. Highlights below.   Between 2005 and 2014, the national rate of opioid-related inpatient stays increased 64.1 percent and the national rate of opioid-related emergency department (ED) visits increased 99.4 percent. Across States, the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays in 2014 varied eight-fold. The

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More mindfulness and chronic pain news

 The Journal of the American Medicine Association just published the article “Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction vs Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Usual Care on Back Pain and Functional Limitations among Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial”. Results showed that Group Health patients’ back pain and function improved more with either of two mind-based therapies

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Mindfulness Meditation Relieves Pain, but Works Differently Than Opioids in the Body

Results from a new study, funded in part by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, demonstrate that mindfulness meditation does not rely on the endogenous opioid activity to reduce pain, which is an important consideration for using meditation to treat chronic pain. The study, conducted by researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine

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CDC releases its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

CDC website: Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain CDC-Prescribing-Guidelines-Document-March-2016.pdf Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs. CDC developed and published the opioid prescribing guideline for

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FDA Devises Action Plan to Fight Opioid Abuse

STORY HIGHLIGHTS On Feb. 4, the FDA announced that it planned to rethink its approach to opioid medications. Because the evidence base to guide the use of opioid medications is sorely lacking, the FDA plans to strengthen the requirements for drug companies to generate postmarket data on the long-term impact of using these drugs. This

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AAFP reaffirms commitment to fight prescription opioid abuse

AAFP representatives recently attended a meeting hosted by the White House and told the HHS External Opioid Working Group the Academy is renewing its pledge to raise awareness of opioid abuse and pain management, help educate family physicians about appropriate opioid prescribing and boost the number of physicians trained in medication-assisted treatment for addiction. Link

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New Medicare Part D Opioid Drug Mapping Tool Available

Interactive online mapping tool allows public to search Medicare Part D opioid prescription claims data at the state, county, and ZIP code levels On November 3, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interactive online mapping tool( which shows geographic comparisons at the state, county, and ZIP code levels of de-identified

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Obama announces new steps to combat heroin, prescription drug abuse

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Charleston W. VA Faced with a nationwide epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, Obama announced that his office will take steps to increase access to drug treatment and expand training of doctors who prescribe opiate painkillers. White House Fact Sheet Video Highlights -Obama addresses prescription drug abuse epidemic (3 minutes) Video

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CDC releases draft Opioid Guidelines for public comment

On Sept. 16 the CDC released their draft opioid guidelines for primary care with 12 recommendations.  Anyone can comment by emailing   Deadline for comments is Sept. 18th, 5 pm EDT. CDC draft guidelines Sept. 16