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Opioids Top List of Malpractice Claims Linked to Medications

Opioids Top List of Malpractice Claims Linked to Medications

Opioid analgesics have a way of getting physicians as well as patients into trouble. These painkillers account for more medical-malpractice claims related to drug errors than any other drug class, according to a new study released today by the medical liability...

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Fentanyl and the dark web

Fentanyl and the dark web

As the nation’s opioid crisis worsens, the authorities are confronting a resurgent, unruly player in the illicit trade of the deadly drugs, one that threatens to be even more formidable than the cartels. The internet. In a growing number of arrests and overdoses, law...

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Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.

The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.

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Fight Against Prescription Drugs Takes Another Step Forward

Fight Against Prescription Drugs Takes Another Step Forward

Beginning Saturday, April 1, all practitioners who prescribe controlled substances will be required to use the Wisconsin enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (WI ePDMP). This latest requirement comes from 2015 Act 266, which is a piece of the Heroin, Opioid,...

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More Ohio newborns suffer from mother’s addiction

More Ohio newborns suffer from mother’s addiction

The number of Ohio babies who come into the world sick and craving drugs continues to soar.  New state reports show that the rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome — the medical term for withdrawal symptoms suffered by newborns — jumped to 159 per 10,000 live births in...

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Doctors are cutting opioids, even if it harms patients – Boston Globe

Doctors are cutting opioids, even if it harms patients – Boston Globe

More than half of doctors across America are curtailing opioid prescriptions, and nearly 1 in 10 have stopped prescribing the drugs, according to a new nationwide online survey. But even as physicians retreat from opioids, some seem to have misgivings: More than one-third of the respondents said the reduction in prescribing has hurt patients with chronic pain.

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The use of PDMPs…is helping to reduce misuse of prescription drugs.

PDMP Center of Excellence at Brandeis University, February 2014 Briefing

Emergency Physicians must balance under-treatment of pain with concerns about drug diversion and doctor shopping. Use of a state PDMP may help identify patients who are at high risk for prescription opioid diversion or doctor shopping… To quantify the effects of PDMPs, studies were conducted of ED providers who cared for adult patients with pain. Of the patients with complete data in one study, information from the state’s PDMP System altered prescribing practice in 41%. Knowledge of the information provided had an important impact.

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