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Refer to this fact sheet to learn about adverse drug events when pairing opioids with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).


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Date Added: 09/06/2016
Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2016 12:00AM

Refer to this fact sheet to learn about adverse drug events when pairing opioids with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). This resource is in Spanish suitable for a Puerto Rican audience.


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Date Added: 09/06/2016
Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2016 12:00AM

Refer to this fact sheet to learn about adverse drug events when pairing opioids with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). This resource is in Spanish suitable for a Puerto Rican audience.


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Date Added: 09/06/2016
Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2016 8:00AM

FDA review has found that the growing combined use of opioid medicines with benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system has resulted in serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing and deaths.


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Date Added: 09/02/2016
Date Last Modified: Sep 2 2016 12:00AM

Discussions about opioid use can be difficult for a variety of reasons. This video highlights techniques pharmacists and other health care providers can use to guide the conversation, keep it professional and lead to a positive outcome.


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Date Added: 05/16/2019
Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 5:05PM

This patient fact sheet discusses common facts about prescription opioids and provides a list of questions for patients to ask their doctors before receiving a prescription for opioids.


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Date Added: 01/18/2018
Date Last Modified: Jan 18 2018 12:00AM

This tool helps providers guide patients through signs and risk factors for opioid overdoses. Additionally, it introduces naloxone, how to administer it and how to access its different forms. This tool is in culturally appropriate Spanish for the U.S.


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Date Added: 08/30/2017
Date Last Modified: Aug 30 2017 12:00AM

This tool helps providers guide patients through signs and risk factors for opioid overdoses. Additionally, it introduces naloxone, how to administer it and how to access its different forms. This tool is in culturally appropriate Spanish for Puerto Rico


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Date Added: 08/30/2017
Date Last Modified: Aug 30 2017 9:28AM

This tool helps providers guide patients through signs and risk factors for opioid overdoses. Additionally, it introduces naloxone, how to administer it and how to access its different forms.


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Date Added: 08/23/2017
Date Last Modified: Aug 23 2017 1:03PM

Read about a team of emergency department physicians and their experience implementing an opioid de-prescribing protocol.


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Date Added: 10/10/2018
Date Last Modified: Oct 10 2018 12:00AM

This new study published in JAMA Network Open discusses the risk of overdose in Medicare Part D beneficiaries when opioids are combined with other drugs.


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Date Added: 07/25/2018
Date Last Modified: Jul 25 2018 12:00AM

Visit the American Pharmacists Association's (APHA) opioid resource center for clinical resources, training and other tools.


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Date Added: 01/18/2019
Date Last Modified: Feb 19 2020 6:59AM

The Washington State AMDG has both an app and Excel spreadsheet that allows clinicians to calculate morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs).


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Date Added: 06/22/2017
Date Last Modified: Feb 19 2020 6:57AM

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) released a recent article on "Opioid Abuse in Chronic Pain — Misconceptions and Mitigation Strategies." This article has excellent information on mitigation strategies, reducing opioid overdose and risk of addiction.


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Date Added: 06/16/2016
Date Last Modified: Feb 19 2020 6:48AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created a roadmap to outline efforts being made to address the opioid epidemic. The roadmap describes a three-pronged approach focused on prevention, treatment and use of data to drive activities.


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Date Added: 07/05/2018
Date Last Modified: Feb 18 2020 3:24PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that uses the indicators of dosing, count and day's supply to predict long-term opioid use in a study that spans 2006–2015.


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Date Added: 03/29/2017
Date Last Modified: Feb 18 2020 3:23PM

This fact sheet educates patients on the basics of opioid-induced constipation and gives recommended next steps.


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Date Added: 02/09/2017
Date Last Modified: Feb 9 2017 12:00AM

Recently there have been news reports about an epidemic or crisis of opioid misuse and overdose deaths. This information will help explain the problem and keep you and your family safe.


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Date Added: 01/29/2019
Date Last Modified: Apr 22 2020 3:30PM

The Indian Health Service has implemented a new Internet Eligible Controlled Substance Provider Designation Policy to help increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder in rural areas.


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Date Added: 11/20/2018
Date Last Modified: Nov 20 2018 12:00AM

Hospitalizations involving opioid pain relievers and heroin increased 75 percent for women between 2005 and 2014, a jump that significantly outpaced the 55 percent increase among men, according to this AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project statistical brief.


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Date Added: 06/28/2017
Date Last Modified: Jun 28 2017 12:00AM

Download this one-page checklist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which lists what to consider and assess if prescribing opioids for chronic pain conditions.


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Date Added: 06/28/2016
Date Last Modified: Jun 28 2016 12:00AM

Download this two-page document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provides guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.


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Date Added: 06/28/2016
Date Last Modified: Jun 28 2016 5:01AM

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has developed new online trainings that give more information about safer prescribing of opioids for chronic pain. The training series offers free continuing education.


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Date Added: 01/21/2019
Date Last Modified: Jan 21 2019 12:00AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement Medicare Part D opioid overutilization policies on Jan. 1, 2019, including improved opioid safety alerts and drug management programs. Training materials are available for prescribers, pharmacists and patients. Visit the CMS website to learn more.


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Date Added: 01/21/2019
Date Last Modified: Jan 21 2019 1:22PM

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has offered guidelines for physicians using medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder. This no-cost guide discusses various types of approved medications, screening tools, assessment tools and best practices for patient care.


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Date Added: 04/05/2016
Date Last Modified: Apr 5 2016 12:00AM

This TMF Quality Innovation Network change package provides a menu of options from which you can select specific interventions to develop an action plan that improves opioid-related outcomes and increases access to behavioral health services.


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Date Added: 05/20/2020
Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 9:29PM

Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent in all parts of the U.S. from July 2016 through September 2017. View this video and read the fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about opioid overdoses.


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Date Added: 03/26/2018
Date Last Modified: Mar 26 2018 1:53PM

The final three modules in a training series on opioids from the CDC are now available.


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Date Added: 03/25/2019
Date Last Modified: Mar 25 2019 12:00AM

This recorded forum, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services, discusses efforts that are addressing the opioid epidemic and behavioral health in minority communities.


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Date Added: 03/25/2019
Date Last Modified: Mar 25 2019 12:00AM

This fact sheet educates patients on the basics of opioid-induced constipation and gives recommended next steps. This tool is in Spanish suitable for a Puerto Rican audience.


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Date Added: 03/24/2017
Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2017 12:00AM

This fact sheet educates patients on the basics of opioid-induced constipation and gives recommended next steps. This tool is in culturally appropriate U.S. Spanish.


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Date Added: 03/24/2017
Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2017 12:00AM

This fact sheet educates patients on the basics of opioid-induced constipation and gives recommended next steps. This tool is in culturally appropriate U.S. Spanish.


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Date Added: 03/24/2017
Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2017 7:52AM

Results of this study concluded that for opioid users who did not use benzodiazepines, concurrent use of both drugs was associated with an increased risk of an emergency room visit or inpatient admission for opioid overdose among all opioid users.


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Date Added: 03/16/2017
Date Last Modified: Mar 16 2017 12:00AM

Give this resource to patients with high pain levels to help them learn when to call the doctor or visit an emergency room. This document has been translated into Spanish for Puerto Rico.


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Date Added: 06/14/2016
Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2020 12:08PM

Give this resource to patients with high pain levels to help them learn when to call the doctor or visit an emergency room.


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Date Added: 06/14/2016
Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2020 12:05PM

In this webinar, speakers explored strategies to help patients manage pain while minimizing the danger of opioid misuse.


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Date Added: 02/21/2018
Date Last Modified: Feb 21 2018 12:00AM

 
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