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CVS Pharmacy, Others to Limit Prescriptions for Opioids

 
Beginning in February 2018, CVS Pharmacy will limit the dose of opioid pain medication and restrict new prescriptions for acute pain to a 7-day supply, which adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for prescribing opioids. This […]

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Opioid Prescribing Still High and Varies Widely Throughout U.S.

 
Opioid prescribing in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease […]

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STUDY: Patients Prescribed Opioids in the ER Less Likely to Use Them Long Term

 
WASHINGTON – Compared to other medical settings, emergency patients who are prescribed opioids for the first time in the emergency department are less likely to become long-term users and more likely to be prescribed these powerful painkillers in accordance with […]

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Trump: Opioid Epidemic “Worst Drug Crisis” in U.S. History

 
President Trump called the opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis” to strike the U.S. in its history while declaring a public health emergency – not a national emergency as promised earlier in the summer. According to the Centers for Disease […]

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Opioids in Alabama: Where Do We Go From Here?

The numbers are staggering. In 2015 alone opioid-related overdoses accounted for more than 33,000 deaths — nearly as many as traffic fatalities. Today more than 2.5 million adults in the U.S. are struggling with addiction to opioid drugs, including prescription […]

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Opioid Prescribing Still High and Varies Widely Throughout U.S.

Opioid prescribing in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease […]

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STUDY: Opioid Abuse Drops When Doctors Check Patients’ Drug History

ITHACA, N.Y. – There’s a simple way to reduce the opioid epidemic gripping the country, according to new Cornell University research: Make doctors check their patients’ previous prescriptions.
The most significant response to the opioid epidemic comes from state governments. Nearly […]

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FSMB Releases Updated Guidelines for Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 17, 2017) – The Federation of State Medical Boards recently released its updated Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics, which were officially adopted as policy by the FSMB House of Delegates at the FSMB’s Annual […]

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Walgreens Medication Disposal Program Collects 72 Tons of Unused Medications in First Year

Walgreens, a partner in the Association’s Smart & Safe prescription drug abuse awareness program, has announced its safe medication disposal program has collected and safely disposed of 72 tons of medications since the launch of the program in 2016. The […]

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Coalition of Health Care Professionals, Government Officials to Gather for Opioid Crisis Summit

MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s leading health care professionals and government officials are set to gather for an educational public policy summit titled, “The Opioid Crisis in Alabama: From Silos to Solutions,” on Friday, March 10, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 […]

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