Last year, 1,404 people died of drug overdoses in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Of those, roughly half involved fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller that we originally discussed in "The Word on the Street." In response to this ongoing trend, Kentucky is one of a handful of states that have been at the forefront of PDMP improvement as well as increased opioid legislation. Here, we discuss the enhancements to Kentucky's PDMP system, KASPER, as well as some of these important pieces of legislation.
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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