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opioid abuse

How Physicians Can End Opioid Abuses Opioid overdoses continue to be a leading cause of injury and death in the United States, surpassing deaths from motor vehicle accidents and gun homicides. Among new illicit opioid users, 4 out of 5 reported using prescription drugs prior to using heroin. It is …

Assemblymember and emergency physician Joaquin Arambula, M.D. (D-Fresno), has introduced a bill (AB 2384) that would remove some of the largest barriers to Medication Assisted Therapy for opioid addiction, such as prior authorization requirements and coverage limits. “As an emergency physician, I saw the impact that opioid abuse has on …
opioid epidemic

News about opioid abuse continues to dominate national headlines. For the time being, President Trump has decided not to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Instead, he’s indicated he’ll focus on tough law enforcement to combat the problem. Here’s a look from STAT News about what some states are …
opioid abuse

From STAT and other sources on opioid abuse- Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price sparked a firestorm last week with his comments about medication-assisted treatment, saying that “if we’re just substituting one opioid for another, we’re not moving the dial much” in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Notably, the former …
opioid prescriptions

From PNN According to a new report, the number of opioid prescriptions written by California physicians dropped 17% over the past three years (2013-2016). The California Medical Association (CMA) reports that the data, from Quintiles IMS, shows that, per capita, California is now tied with Hawaii for the lowest number …
Alternative Medicine

Opioid abuse continues to garner attention and push doctors to explore new ways to help patients deal with pain. What’s your take on the use of alternative medicine for chronic pain? STAT looks at alternatives to opioids and what it could mean for patients, chiropractors, naturopaths and even medical costs …