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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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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?

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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New Interactive Map Shows How Alabama Measures Up in the National Opioid Crisis

 
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2018 – A new interactive data tool launched by the United States Department of Agriculture and NORC at the University of Chicago shows for the first time an in-depth, county-by-county, look at the impact of the opioid epidemic […]

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Congress Passes New Opioid Package; Awaiting Presidential Signature

 
Earlier this week Congress reached agreement on legislation to address the opioid epidemic with the passage of the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act,” which President Donald Trump is expected to sign. The legislation touches on almost every aspect of the […]

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