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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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Survey: Majority of Opioid Medications Not Safely Stored in Homes with Children

Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.
In a national survey of 681 adults who used opioid […]

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Medical Association Joins AMA for Opioid Resource Toolbox

BIRMINGHAM – The Medical Association and the American Medical Association partnered in the development and release of a toolbox of data, education and other resources to aid physicians in their continued fight against Alabama’s epidemic of prescription drug misuse, overdose […]

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Alabama to Receive CDC Funding for Opioid Epidemic

Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. In fact, opioids were involved in over 28,000 deaths in 2014, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 2000. Turning the tide on this epidemic means […]

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U.S. Surgeon General Wants to #TurnTheTide on the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

“We have to stop treating addiction as a moral failing, and start seeing it for what it is: a chronic disease that must be treated with urgency and compassion,” said U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., kicking off his […]

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