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Kratom: A Primer on the Controversy Surrounding the Opioid Analogue

May 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Clinician Perspective, DEA, kratom, patient safety

We’ve previously written about the challenges clinicians and patients face as they seek non-opioid alternatives for effective pain management.  One such alternative, Mitragyna speciose, or kratom, has been a focus of increased public discussion lately, but is still a topic that many clinicians are unfamiliar with.  AffirmHealth has developed this short primer to help bring you up to speed so that you can have an informed discussion with your patients.

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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up

May 20, 2018 4:24:30 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Pain Management, opioid prescribing, weekend round up, patient risk, DEA, Heroin, Migraine Treatment

With opioid prescribing regulations being updated, national policy announcements, state guidelines as well as daily commentary regarding the opioid epidemic flooding news outlets, the AffirmHealth Weekend Round Up looks at the top headlines that caught our team’s eye. From controlled substance protocols to research focusing on pain management, addiction medicine, the ER and more provided to you in an easy to access summary. News you can use. Welcome to the Weekend Round Up.

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Apr 26, 2018 11:09:33 AM by Jody Lutz posted in Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, opioid prescribing compliance, patient risk, DEA


On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration will partner with local agencies across the country for the 15th Take Back Day. This opportunity is another initiative to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.

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