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Smart & Safe promotes safe prescription, use and disposal of medications.

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THE PUBLIC

Patients play a big role in keeping powerful medications out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

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PHYSICIANS

Education is critical for physicians who prescribe opioids and other medications.

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Prescription abuse is a serious and deadly problem in our country. Do you know someone who needs help?

New Statistics Show Doctors Positively Impacting Opioid Epidemic

MONTGOMERY — Alabama’s physicians are having a positive impact on the opioid epidemic here at home while national statistics are showing for the first time, Americans’ odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are higher – 1 in 96 […]

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Study: Is the Opioid Crisis Response Overlooking Women?

CONNECTICUT – Women’s Health Research at Yale is calling on a government committee to revise its report on a coordinated response to the opioid epidemic so that it reflects the unique needs of women.
In a commentary published in the peer-reviewed journal Biology of […]

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BCBS Alabama to No Longer Cover OxyContin Beginning in 2019

 
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama will no longer cover OxyContin for members with the exception of Blue Advantage members. This is in response to concerns for members’ care and safety.
Since 2015, opioid […]

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Study: Risky Sedative Prescriptions for Older Adults Vary Widely

 
Despite years of warnings that older adults shouldn’t take sedative drugs that put them at risk of injury and death, a new study reveals how many primary care doctors are still prescribing them, how often, and where the practice is […]

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Study: Doctors Reduced Opioid Prescriptions after Learning of Patient Overdose

 
Will clinicians become more careful in prescribing opioids if they are made of aware of the risks of these drugs first-hand? That was one of the core questions researchers set out to explore in a new study published in the […]

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