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06/27/18 The NIH Announces New Research Initiative to Fight Opioid Addiction

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced a new set of research priorities around addiction and pain research in efforts to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

June 22nd, 2018

The HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative was launched by the NIH with support from the president and the Department of Health and Human Services. Under this ambitious new research program, the NIH will invest resources to aid the discovery of scientific solutions for opioid addiction and pain management.

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04/16/18 Medicare Announces New Guidelines on High-Dose Opioids

Aiming for an “overall reduction in opioid overuse and overdoses,” Medicare announces starting next year there will be new limits for high-dose opioid prescriptions.

APRIL 12, 2018

The Medicare announcement—part of the 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter— sets limits for opioid-naive patients on seven-day prescriptions, and notes the expansion and combination of the Overutilization Monitoring System and other government facets to identify “high-risk” opioid users, defined as using high levels of opioids from multiple sources, and “potentiator” users, who are using other medications (e.g., benzodiazepines) that increase the risk for adverse effects from opioids.

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12/07/17 Let’s fix the cause, rather than the problem, of opioid addiction

A recent article published on the website The Hill discusses the problem of prescribing addictive schedule III drugs for pain relief rather than the equally effective and non-addictive schedule II drugs, see full article here.

 

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