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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126848/evaluation-of-external-vibratory-stimulation-as-a-treatment-for-chronic-scrotal-pain-in-adult-men-a-single-center-open-label-pilot-study
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Yash S Khandwala, Fernando Serrano, Michael L Eisenberg
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic scrotal pain is a common yet poorly understood urologic disease. Current treatment paradigms are sub-optimal and include anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids as well as invasive surgical management such as microdenervation of the spermatic cord. In this study, the efficacy of external vibratory stimulation (EVS) was evaluated as an alternative treatment option for idiopathic scrotal pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten consecutive patients presenting to an academic urology clinic between December 2016 and April 2017 with scrotal pain were prospectively enrolled...
November 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100223/using-pill-identification-calls-to-poison-centers-as-a-marker-of-drug-abuse-at-three-texas-military-bases
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Patrick C Ng, Joseph K Maddry, Daniel Sessions, Douglas J Borys, Vikhyat S Bebarta
OBJECTIVES: Opioid abuse is a growing problem in civilian communities, and it has developed in the military as well. Telephone calls to poison centers requesting pill identification (ID) is a marker of drug abuse. This study identifies the number of pill ID calls made to the poison centers from areas containing and surrounding three Texas military bases during an 8-year period. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study identifying calls to certified poison centers in Texas from 2002 to 2009 that identified hydrocodone tablets and other pain medications...
November 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078056/pain-management-after-outpatient-foot-and-ankle-surgery
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Akash Gupta, Kanupriya Kumar, Matthew M Roberts, Austin E Sanders, Mackenzie T Jones, David S Levine, Martin J O'Malley, Mark C Drakos, Andrew J Elliott, Jonathan T Deland, Scott J Ellis
BACKGROUND: The number of opioids prescribed and used has increased precipitously over the past 2 decades for a number of reasons and has led to increases in long-term dependency, opioid-related deaths, and diversion. Most studies examining the role of prescribing habits have investigated nonoperative providers, although there is some literature describing perioperative opioid prescription and use. There are no studies looking at the number of pills consumed after outpatient foot and ankle surgeries, nor are there guidelines for how many pills providers should prescribe...
October 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049115/an-evidence-based-approach-to-the-prescription-opioid-epidemic-in-orthopedic-surgery
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REVIEW
Ellen M Soffin, Seth A Waldman, Roberta J Stack, Gregory A Liguori
Orthopedic surgery is associated with significant perioperative pain. Providing adequate analgesia is a critical component of patient care and opioids play a vital role in the acute postoperative setting. However, opioid prescribing for patients undergoing orthopedic procedures has recently been identified as a major contributor to the current opioid epidemic. As opioid usage and related morbidity and mortality continue to rise nationwide, opioid-prescribing practices are under increased scrutiny. Here, we update the evidence base and recommendations behind a set of interventions developed at the Hospital for Special Surgery to address the national epidemic at the local level...
November 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049113/the-us-opioid-crisis-current-federal-and-state-legal-issues
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REVIEW
Cobin D Soelberg, Raeford E Brown, Derick Du Vivier, John E Meyer, Banu K Ramachandran
The United States is in the midst of a devastating opioid misuse epidemic leading to over 33,000 deaths per year from both prescription and illegal opioids. Roughly half of these deaths are attributable to prescription opioids. Federal and state governments have only recently begun to grasp the magnitude of this public health crisis. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. While not comprehensive in scope, these guidelines attempt to control and regulate opioid prescribing...
November 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049111/risk-management-for-opioid-prescribing-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-pain-from-cancer-or-terminal-illness-inadvertent-oversight-or-taboo
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David J Copenhaver, Nicolas B Karvelas, Scott M Fishman
As the United States experiences an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and guidelines on safe practices in prescribing opioids in chronic pain have subsequently emerged from professional organizations and governmental agencies, limited guidance exists for prescribers of opioids to treat pain in patients with cancer or terminal illness. Patients with active cancer or terminal illness often have pain and are frequently prescribed opioids and other controlled substances. Current studies suggest that patients with cancer have similar rates of risk for misuse, abuse, and addiction as the general public...
November 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048972/new-persistent-opioid-use-among-patients-with-cancer-after-curative-intent-surgery
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Jay Soong-Jin Lee, Hsou Mei Hu, Anthony L Edelman, Chad M Brummett, Michael J Englesbe, Jennifer F Waljee, Jeffrey B Smerage, Jennifer J Griggs, Hari Nathan, Jacqueline S Jeruss, Lesly A Dossett
Purpose The current epidemic of prescription opioid misuse has increased scrutiny of postoperative opioid prescribing. Some 6% to 8% of opioid-naïve patients undergoing noncancer procedures develop new persistent opioid use; however, it is unknown if a similar risk applies to patients with cancer. We sought to define the risk of new persistent opioid use after curative-intent surgery, identify risk factors, and describe changes in daily opioid dose over time after surgery. Methods Using a national data set of insurance claims, we identified patients with cancer undergoing curative-intent surgery from 2010 to 2014...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026749/implementation-of-a-schedule-ii-patient-agreement-for-opioids-and-stimulants-in-an-adult-primary-care-practice
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Erin Downey, Wei Pan, Jan Harrison, Esther Poza-Juncal, Paula Tanabe
BACKGROUND: The consumption of controlled substances in North Carolina and the nation has created a health crisis with epidemic levels of medication diversion, abuse, overdose and death. Primary care providers are the principal prescribers of controlled substances and at greatest risk of encountering patients that abuse medications. Guidelines recommend patient agreements with monitoring requirements when prescribing opioids and stimulants. Studies have focused on opioids and excluded stimulants...
January 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026458/safe-opioid-prescription-a-smart-on-fhir-approach-to-clinical-decision-support
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Shyamashree Sinha, Mark Jensen, Sarah Mullin, Peter L Elkin
Background Prescription opioid pain medication overuse, misuse and abuse have been a significant contributing factor in the opioid epidemic. The rising death rates from opioid overdose have caused healthcare practitioners and researchers to work on optimizing pain therapy and limiting the prescriptions for pain medications. The state of New York has implemented a prescription drug monitoring program(PDMP), amended public health law to limit the prescription of opioids for acute pain and utilized the resources of the state and county health departments to help in curbing this epidemic...
2017: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025024/implementing-prescription-drug-monitoring-and-other-clinical-decision-support-for-opioid-risk-mitigation-in-a-military-health-care-setting-a-qualitative-feasibility-study
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Erin P Finley, Suyen Schneegans, Claudina Tami, Mary Jo Pugh, Don McGeary, Lauren Penney, Jennifer Sharpe Potter
Objective: Chronic noncancer pain is a highly prevalent condition among service members returning from deployment overseas. The US Army has a higher rate of opioid misuse than the civilian population. Although most states and many health care systems have implemented prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) or other clinician decision support (CDS) to aid providers in delivering guideline-recommended opioid therapy, similar tools are lacking in military health settings. Materials and Methods: We conducted a pre-implementation feasibility and needs assessment guided by the Promoting Action Research in Health Services framework...
August 21, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024092/pharmaceutical-opioid-use-and-harm-in-australia-the-need-for-proactive-and-preventative-responses
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Briony Larance, Louisa Degenhardt, Amy Peacock, Natasa Gisev, Richard Mattick, Samantha Colledge, Gabrielle Campbell
There are parallels between the North American experience of escalating pharmaceutical opioid utilisation and harm and the trends being observed in Australia. In Australia, opioid utilisation has increased dramatically over the past two decades. There have been significant shifts away from the predominant prescribing of 'weak' and short-acting opioids, to 'strong' and long-acting opioids, for an increasing range of chronic pain indications. In concordance with escalating use, Australia is experiencing increases in opioid-related hospital admissions and overdose, as well as opioid dependence and treatment seeking...
October 12, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023594/first-trimester-medication-abortion-practice-in-the-united-states-and-canada
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Heidi E Jones, Katharine O'Connell White, Wendy V Norman, Edith Guilbert, E Steve Lichtenberg, Maureen Paul
We conducted a cross-sectional survey of abortion facilities from professional networks in the United States (US, n = 703) and Canada (n = 94) to estimate the prevalence of medication abortion practices in these settings and to look at regional differences. Administrators responded to questions on gestational limits, while up to five clinicians per facility reported on 2012 medication abortion practice. At the time of fielding, mifepristone was not approved in Canada. 383 (54.5%) US and 78 (83.0%) Canadian facilities participated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021110/collaborative-care-from-the-emergency-department-for-injured-patients-with-prescription-drug-misuse-an-open-feasibility-study
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Lauren K Whiteside, Doyanne Darnell, Karlee Jackson, Jin Wang, Joan Russo, Dennis M Donovan, Douglas F Zatzick
Collaborative Care is a comprehensive longitudinal care management strategy. The purpose of this pilot effectiveness-implementation hybrid study was to determine the feasibility of a Collaborative Care intervention initiated from the Emergency Department and proceeding longitudinally for six months for injured patients with prescription drug misuse (PDM). Adult patients presenting to an urban ED with an injury were screened for eligibility from 2/2015-8/2015. Eligible participants with a positive screen for PDM were enrolled in the 'ED-LINC' intervention which included the following elements: 1) active care coordination and linkage, 2) medication safety and utilization of opioid guidelines 3) longitudinal care management and 4) utilization of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) innovations such as the statewide Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) and statewide prescription monitoring program information for assessment and follow-up...
November 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016245/effect-of-a-high-dosage-opioid-prior-authorization-policy-on-prescription-opioid-use-misuse-and-overdose-outcomes
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Daniel M Hartung, Hyunjee Kim, Sharia M Ahmed, Luke Middleton, Shellie Keast, Richard A Deyo, Kun Zhang, K John McConnell
High dosage opioid use is a risk factor for opioid-related overdose commonly cited in guidelines, recommendations, and policies. In 2012, the Oregon Medicaid program developed a prior authorization policy for opioid prescriptions above 120 mg per day morphine equivalent dose (MED). This study aimed to evaluate the effects of that policy on utilization, prescribing patterns, and health outcomes. Methods: Using administrative claims data from Oregon and a control state (Colorado) between 2011 and 2013, we used difference-in-differences analyses to examine changes in utilization, measures of high risk opioid use, and overdose after introduction of the policy...
October 10, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990210/the-impact-of-practice-guidelines-on-opioid-utilization-for-injured-workers
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Christine Buttorff, Antonio J Trujillo, Renan Castillo, Andres I Vecino-Ortiz, Gerard F Anderson
BACKGROUND: Opioid use is rising in the US and may cause special problems in workers compensation cases, including addiction and preventing a return to work after an injury. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates a physician-level intervention to curb opioid usage. An insurer identified patients with out-of-guideline opioid utilization and called the prescribing physician to discuss the patient's treatment protocol. RESEARCH DESIGN: This study uses a differences-in-differences study design with a propensity-score-matched control group...
October 9, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973092/defining-optimal-length-of-opioid-pain-medication-prescription-after-common-surgical-procedures
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Rebecca E Scully, Andrew J Schoenfeld, Wei Jiang, Stuart Lipsitz, Muhammad Ali Chaudhary, Peter A Learn, Tracey Koehlmoos, Adil H Haider, Louis L Nguyen
Importance: The overprescription of pain medications has been implicated as a driver of the burgeoning opioid epidemic; however, few guidelines exist regarding the appropriateness of opioid pain medication prescriptions after surgery. Objectives: To describe patterns of opioid pain medication prescriptions after common surgical procedures and determine the appropriateness of the prescription as indicated by the rate of refills. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Department of Defense Military Health System Data Repository was used to identify opioid-naive individuals 18 to 64 years of age who had undergone 1 of 8 common surgical procedures between January 1, 2005, and September 30, 2014...
September 27, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968188/the-opioid-epidemic-crisis-and-solutions
#17
Phil Skolnick
The widespread abuse of prescription opioids and a dramatic increase in the availability of illicit opioids have created what is commonly referred to as the opioid epidemic. The magnitude of this epidemic is startling: About 4% of the adult US population misuses prescription opioids, and in 2015, more than 33,000 deaths were attributable to overdose with licit and illicit opioids. Increasing the availability of medication-assisted treatments (such as buprenorphine and naltrexone), the use of abuse-deterrent formulations, and the adoption of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prescribing guidelines all constitute short-term approaches to quell this epidemic...
October 2, 2017: Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967517/opioid-prescribing-for-opioid-naive-patients-in-emergency-departments-and-other-settings-characteristics-of-prescriptions-and-association-with-long-term-use
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Molly Moore Jeffery, W Michael Hooten, Erik P Hess, Ellen R Meara, Joseph S Ross, Henry J Henk, Bjug Borgundvaag, Nilay D Shah, M Fernanda Bellolio
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We explore the emergency department (ED) contribution to prescription opioid use for opioid-naive patients by comparing the guideline concordance of ED prescriptions with those attributed to other settings and the risk of patients' continuing long-term opioid use. METHODS: We used analysis of administrative claims data (OptumLabs Data Warehouse 2009 to 2015) of opioid-naive privately insured and Medicare Advantage (aged and disabled) beneficiaries to compare characteristics of opioid prescriptions attributed to the ED with those attributed to other settings...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953504/concurrent-use-of-opioids-and-benzodiazepines-evaluation-of-prescription-drug-monitoring-by-a-united-states-laboratory
#19
Fred Leland McClure, Justin K Niles, Harvey W Kaufman, Jeffrey Gudin
OBJECTIVES: Recently, more than 63% of the 52,404 drug overdose deaths in the United States involved heroin and opioid pain medications. More than 30% of opioid-related deaths also involved benzodiazepines. Previous studies examining the extent of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use have relied on prescription data. To gain fuller insight into the extent of the concurrent use problem, we analyzed opioid and benzodiazepine prescription patterns in the context of drug testing results...
November 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937443/reducing-disability-durations-and-medical-costs-for-patients-with-a-carpal-tunnel-release-surgery-through-the-use-of-opioid-prescribing-guidelines
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Fraser W Gaspar, Roman Kownacki, Catherine S Zaidel, Craig F Conlon, Kurt T Hegmann
OBJECTIVE: The impacts of compliance with opioid prescribing guidelines on disability durations and medical costs for carpal tunnel release (CTR) were examined. METHODS: Using a dataset of insured US employees, opioid prescriptions for 7840 short-term disability cases with a CTR procedure were identified. Opioids prescriptions were compared with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)'s opioid prescribing guidelines for postoperative, acute pain, which recommends no more than a 5-day supply, a maximum morphine equivalent dose of 50 mg/day, and only short-acting opioids...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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