The Alternatives to Opioids
(ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act would establish a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit to use of opioids
in hospital emergency departments.
In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids
worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping.
The Justice Department will file a"statement of interest" in consolidated litigation on opioids
Overall, nearly one-fourth of US high school seniors had some exposure to prescription opioids
These figures are concerning in part because "a significant association between medical use of prescription opioids
alone in adolescence and subsequent nonmedical use of prescription opioids
was observed at age 35 years" in a national longitudinal study reported in the journal Pain (2016 Oct; 15 7:2173-8), said Calista M.
We are experiencing the consequences of 20 years of medically prescribed opioids
to control pain and dispensed for home use (Meldrum, 2016).
To assist construction companies, contractors, and other employers in addressing the opioid
and prescription drug epidemic, it is important to understand the scope of the problem, how opioids
affect the brain, and strategies for managing the use of these powerful drugs.
Although the illegal drug heroin is closely associated with opioid
abuse, there are prescription opioids
as well that can be addictive and might be abused.
The initiative includes limiting to seven days the supply of opioids
dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy, as well as limiting the daily dosage of opioids
dispensed based on the strength of the opioid
Drug overdoses, primarily from opioids
, are now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50.
deaths involving heroin with or without synthetic opioids
) and total deaths involving synthetic opioids
This 15-year study of more than 1200 people with HIV in North Carolina found that 27% of them--more than one quarter--used prescription opioids
episodically (at least 1 opioid
prescription in at least 2 consecutive years) or chronically (an opioid
prescription during at least half of the years in care).