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Medication Assisted Treatment Misconceptions: A Pharmacist’s Take

By Katie Miller, PharmD, Principal, Clinical Product Development Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s recent comments asserting that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves substituting one addiction for another for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) have received significant backlash from the healthcare community, prompting hundreds of healthcare and research professionals to sign a letter urging …

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April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

This coming Saturday, April 29th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, part of the DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative. Take-Back Day is the easiest and safest way to dispose of unused medications. It’s free, anonymous, and available to anyone with access to a drop off location. Take-Back Day collection sites accept prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, pet medications, …

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Naloxone: Awareness, Access, and Stigma

Naloxone, also known as Narcan or Evzio, is a drug that temporarily reverses respiratory depression from opioid overdose. State laws vary, but naloxone is often available without a prescription from a pharmacist and comes as an injectable or nasal spray. First-responders, including paramedics, police officers, and firefighters, carry naloxone, but the law enforcement and behavioral …

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Let’s Trump Addiction: A Push for Treatment and Support

Today, a non-partisan group called Advocates for Opioid Recovery (AOR) is launching an aggressive social media campaign around the hashtag #LetsTrumpAddiction. The effort intends to draw President Trump’s attention to the urgent national need for an evidence-based treatment system for opioid addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the opioid epidemic takes 91 American …

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Opioid Misuse is a National Concern: axialHealthcare Visits DC

Chairman and CEO, John Donahue, represented axialHealthcare on the The Hill in Washington, DC this week at the New Frontier for Mental Health and Addiction. The event, hosted by Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), focused on eliminating the existing disparity in care for those suffering from mental health disorders and offered guidance for making safe and …

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Prescription Drug Disposal: The How and Why

Prescription drug misuse is a significant problem among Americans, particularly teenagers. Two thirds of teenagers who misuse prescription medications first obtain them from medicine cabinets. Americans fill an average of 4.3 billion prescriptions per year, but over 40% of these prescription medications are never used. This means unused medications are either stored indefinitely in medicine cabinets where …

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Opioid Use in Children

While children don’t experience episodes of pain at rates equal to that of adults, 10% of children 5-15 years old and up to 28% of adolescents ages 15-19 years old experience migraines. Tonsillectomies, wisdom teeth extractions and sports-related injuries are other common causes of childhood pain. However, research focused on the epidemiology, etiology, and treatment …

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Surge in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

On Friday, June 2, 2016, Prince died of a self-administered opioid overdose.[1] The culprit was none other than fentanyl, a drug rising in popularity with the country’s addict population. While discovery of the cause of Prince’s death answered one question, it raised another: where did he get fentanyl? Prince had a prior prescription for Percocet …

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Study: Opioid Dependence Leads to 3000% Rise in Medical Services

In one of the largest data studies ever conducted, Fair Health looked at claims data for 150 million privately insured patients to measure the difference in medical service utilization for the opioid addicted population vs the non-addicted group. The results were staggering- click here to read CNN’s report on the study. Looking only at data …

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A Systematic Review: The Use of Psychosocial Interventions in Conjunction With Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

In February, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) published its meta-analysis review of all existing literature related to the effectiveness of behavioral interventions when combined with medication-assisted therapy (MAT) in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. This research was completed as part of the long process of rolling out updated ASAM guidelines related to use …

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