There is a growing emphasis on provider responsibility with the increasing focus of the overprescribing of opioids.
Receiving prescriptions from both the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicare Part D is associated with increased risk for overlapping of opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions.
A bipartisan bill to fight the opioid addiction crisis in the United States has been passed by Congress.
An "enhanced recovery after surgery" program is associated with a significant reduction in opioid consumption after gynecologic surgery with no increase in pain scores.
In a rare bipartisan move, both the House and Senate have reached a compromise on legislation to address the opioid epidemic.
Potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) of opioids is associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality and fatal and nonfatal overdose.
As part of the REMS program, drug companies with approved opioid analgesics must make training available to prescribers and provide unrestricted grants to accredited continuing education providers for the development of education courses.
About 20.4% of US adults have chronic pain and 8.0% have high-impact chronic pain.
Many outpatient opioid prescriptions have no documented medical indication.
Chronic pain may be an important contributor to suicide, with 8.8 percent of suicide decedents having evidence of chronic pain.
Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin who some have blamed for the epidemic of opioid painkiller addictions, has patented a medicine aimed at curbing those disorders.
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