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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
MONTGOMERY — Attorney General Steve Marshall joined with CVS Health Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer Thomas Moriarty, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer and Homewood Police Chief Tim Ross to announce a safe medication disposal program […]Read More
MONTGOMERY ─ The Governor’s Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council recently met to discuss reports from various stakeholders and committees, but there was also a special guest speaker. Daniel Blaney-Koen, senior legislative attorney from the American Medical Association, joined the task […]Read More
In a 396-14 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, or H.R. 6 —bipartisan opioid legislation that aims to curb drug abuse.
Sponsored by Greg Walden, R-Oregon, […]
In an earlier article, I detailed how the DOJ has focused its attention on the aggressive investigation and prosecution of “pill mill” cases. In this article, I discuss the consequences physicians and other medical professionals potentially face as a result […]Read More
Study results show revised recommendations resulted in about 17 fewer pills being dispensed per patient for four major operations.
CHICAGO – To curb the use of opioids after major elective operations and prevent these pain relievers from falling into the wrong […]