Opioid-Use Disorder

Clinical guidelines may lead to better prescribing practices

Following clinical guidelines release, decreases were observed in the overall rate of opioid prescribing.

Notifications by PDMPs May Not Effectively Reduce Opioid Misuse

Notifications by PDMPs May Not Effectively Reduce Opioid Misuse

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Unsolicited notices to prescribers as part of prescription drug monitoring programs may not effectively reduce opioid use, as patients may seek other prescribers.

Integrating Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Diseases

Integrating Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Diseases

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All healthcare providers have a role in combating the opioid use disorder epidemic and its infectious disease consequences.

Opioid Use Disorder Prevalence at Delivery on the Rise in the US, According to CDC

Opioid Use Disorder Prevalence at Delivery on the Rise in the US, According to CDC

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The prevalence of opioid use disorder rose in women delivering at hospitals across 28 US states and the District of Columbia between 1999 and 2014, with quadrupling at the national level during this period.

Risk for Overdose Highest During First Days of Opioid Plus Benzodiazepine Use

Risk for Overdose Highest During First Days of Opioid Plus Benzodiazepine Use

Concurrent benzodiazepine use is associated with increased risk for opioid-related overdose, with the risk highest on the first days of concurrent use.

Deaths After Nonfatal Opioid Overdose: Causes and Risk Factors

Deaths After Nonfatal Opioid Overdose: Causes and Risk Factors

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Causes of death in the year after a nonfatal opioid overdose were often related to substance use disorders, as well as to a range of mental health and medical conditions.

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Mortality in Overdose Survivors

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Mortality in Overdose Survivors

A minority of opioid overdose survivors receive medications for opioid use disorder; buprenorphine and methadone maintenance treatment linked are linked to reduced mortality.

Rapid Decrease of Heroin Use During Opioid Substitution Treatment Associated With Treatment Success

Rapid Decrease of Heroin Use During Opioid Substitution Treatment Associated With Treatment Success

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In patients receiving opioid substitution treatment for opioid use disorder (mainly involving heroin), those exhibiting a rapid decline in heroin use were found to be more likely to have successful treatment outcomes.

Insurance Company Sets Goal of Reducing Opioid Overdoses by 25%

Insurance Company Sets Goal of Reducing Opioid Overdoses by 25%

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Through their predictive analytics, Cigna can identify customers most likely to suffer from an overdose and can prompt interventions.

Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Associated With Reduced Risk for Opioid-Related Deaths

Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Associated With Reduced Risk for Opioid-Related Deaths

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Few of the individuals who experience an opioid-related overdose had received treatment for opioid use disorder.

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