The treatment of opioid abuse is a growing industry at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the medical and nursing schools are turning out far higher numbers of students certified in the area. While hardly an hour passes without hearing the word pandemic, large numbers of Americans continue to die of the opioid epidemic: 130 every day and 47,000 in a … [Read more...] about Schools Producing High Number of Students Certified to Treat Opioid Abuse
A new study shows that a financial incentive can dramatically increase the number of emergency department physicians trained to prescribe a potentially life-saving medication that prevents patients from fatal opioid overdose. Led by researchers in Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Medicine), the study showed that, … [Read more...] about Financial Incentives Boost Doctor Training In Opioid Treatment Medication
A new study by Yale researchers looking at nearly 400 clinicians at four urban academic emergency departments found that, despite scientific evidence supporting the benefits of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, just 21% of emergency department clinicians indicated readiness to offer it to patients in need. The study, which appears in the May 11 issue of JAMA Network … [Read more...] about Emergency Departments Slow To Adopt Proven Opioid Use Disorder Therapy
“You can’t put the genie back in the bottle,” said Stephen Loyd, a Tennessee addiction doctor who once served as the state’s drug czar. “This is how it needs to be — always.” Thousands of Americans who have long begun every single day with a taxing trip to an addiction clinic for a single dose of methadone, another highly regulated addiction drug, are now receiving 28-day … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Has Streamlined Addiction Medicine. Will The Changes Stick?
Lacking alternative resources, many people with substance use disorders (SUDs) visit emergency departments (EDs), especially after an overdose (OD). This gives care providers an opportunity to provide referrals to treatment for those who need it. But EDs may lack the time and resources to select the patients at highest risk—those who could benefit from intervention. This is … [Read more...] about STUDY: Risk Factors EDs Can Use to Identify Patients With Substance-Related Encounters Who Are at High Risk of Fatal Opioid ODs