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What Kentucky Clinicians Should Know About Prescribing Opioids: A Legislative Update

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jul 17, 2018 10:01:00 AM

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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.

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medication combinations, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Law of Unintended Consequences:  Gabapentin Meets the Opioid Crisis

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on May 7, 2018 4:34:00 PM

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Amidst the opioid and chronic pain crises in the United States, many of us on the front lines of clinical and research medicine have been searching for opioid alternatives that we can safely use to manage our patients’ pain. 

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