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The Rural-Urban Opioid Divide and the Space In-Between

Mar 26, 2019 10:00:00 AM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Opioid Epidemic, fentanyl, controlled substances

In my day to day emergency medicine practice, I routinely treat and manage opioid related overdoses, sometimes as frequently as three or four patients a day. And while the emergency clinical care of an opioid overdose is the same in rural, suburban, and urban emergency departments, I’ve often felt myself wondering what it is that drives the differences in these groups.

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The Controversial Approval of Dsuvia by the Food and Drug Administration

Nov 21, 2018 8:23:13 AM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Therapy, Raeford Brown, dsuvia, FDA

Earlier this month on November 2nd, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Dsuvia, a new sublingual version of an older drug, sufentanil, that has been in use since 1984. 

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Weekend Round Up

WEEKEND UP DATE: TENNESSEE, ARKANSAS & CALIFORNIA UPDATES & OPIOID SHORTAGES

Jul 22, 2018 5:12:08 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, Tennessee, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, opioid prescribing, opioid legislation, california, Arkansas, Opioid Shortages

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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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up: Healthcare Databases, Chronic Pain Patients Feel Caught in Debate and State Updates for Florida, and Connecticut

Jul 8, 2018 7:57:02 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, chronic pain, Integrated Pain, Opioid Therapy, Opioid Doses, Smarter Pain Management, Guidelines, Clinical Tools, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Chronic Pain Guidelines, prescriber compliance, regulations, compliance, opioid prescribing, opioid prescribing compliance, prescription drug monitoring, weekend round up, Medication Assisted Treatment Protocols, tapering, patient safety, Arizona, opioid legislation, opioid abuse, florida, Healthcare Databases, Connecticut, controlled substances

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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Michigan: Controlled Substance Legislation UPDATE

Jun 26, 2018 9:03:00 AM by Jody Lutz posted in PDMPs, Opioid Epidemic, chronic pain, Pain Management, Guidelines, Clinical Tools, prescriber compliance, opioid prescribing compliance, prescribing protocols, Medication Assisted Treatment Protocols, risk assessment, Treatment Agreements, Informed Consent, patient safety, Michigan, opioid legislation

In December of 2017, Michigan’s Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed  a comprehensive 10-bill package to address Michigan’s opioid epidemic, substance abuse and drug diversion problems. The multi-faceted package addresses various education initiatives from school aged children to patient informed consent and also covers acute pain prescriptions, MAPS and a variety of other topics impacting the prescribing of controlled substances in Michigan.

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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up: Opioid Legislation Passes, Analyzing the Opioid Epidemic, Frank Conversation Around Addiction Treatment

Jun 24, 2018 1:38:27 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, prescribing protocols, opioid legislation, opioid abuse, Ohio, virginia, addiction 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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Word on the Street: Fentanyl

Jun 19, 2018 9:24:23 AM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, opioid prescribing, opioid legislation, fentanyl, opioid abuse

The rumors are out there, maybe even whispers in your waiting room. The news is flooded with tales of the opioid epidemic and more increasingly the drug fentanyl. A quick Urbandictionary.com search tells us that fentanyl has many nicknames including china white: defined by a site user as “a pure/raw or high grade heroin, mixed with the powerful synthetic painkiller, fentanyl. Combined, these two create a very very high grade painkiller.”

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Weekend Round Up

Weekend RoundUp: Ketamine Guidelines, Kentucky Sues Walgreens, SAMSHA Updates Opioid Toolkit and more

Jun 17, 2018 5:54:48 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, chronic pain, Opioid Therapy, Pain Management, Guidelines, weekend round up, patient safety, Kentucky, Ketamine

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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