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NAM Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic Publishes Priorities, Strategies to Preserve the Health and Well-Being of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders and Chronic Pain during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges. The pandemic is also exacerbating other ongoing public health emergencies, including the addiction crisis in the United States. During these challenging times, ...
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Prevalence of Prescription Pain Medication Use Among Adults: United States, 2015–2018

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NCHS Data Brief No. 369, June 2020. Full story . 
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Four-Part Webinar Series on Confluence of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Opioid Epidemic Begins July 20

A webinar series on the intersecting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with the national opioid epidemic is being hosted by the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (CEPOP) group and Mothers Against Pr...
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AAPM Responds to CDC Call for Comments on Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

Comments submitted by the American Academy of Pain Medicine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Docket No. CDC-2020-0029 on June 15, 2020. View full comments including references. The American Academy of Pa...
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USPSTF Released Final Recommendation Statement and Evidence Summary on Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a final recommendation statement on screening for unhealthy drug use. That Task Force found that clinicians should ask adults about their drug use and connect people who h...
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AAPM Signs AMA Letter Discouraging CMS Expansion of NPP Services in IRF Settings

The American Medical Association (AMA), AAPM, and other leading health care organizations released a letter on June 11, 2020, responding to a proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would al...
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AAPM Past President Steven Stanos, DO Discusses COVID-19's Impact on the Opioid Epidemic with AMA

This morning AAPM Past President Steven Stanos, DO participated in an AMA COVID-19 UPDATE podcast  to discuss how the pandemic has impacted the nation's opioid epidemic. Dr. Stanos also serves as AAPM's re...
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AAPM and Multisociety Pain Workgroup Advocate for Facet Intervention Coverage

In preparation for the upcoming Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Multi-jurisdictional Contractor Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting regarding facet interventions, AAPM partnered with several other professional medi...
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NAM Opioid Action Collaborative Virtual Symposium to Discuss the Opioid Epidemic, Particularly in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

A May 21 National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic free virtual symposium will address combatting stigma against those with opioid use disorder, strengthening provider edu...
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NIH Convenes Virtual Consortium on Advances in Pain Research

On June 3, the NIH Pain Consortium will convene the 15th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research as an all-virtual WebEx event. The symposium, " Technologies for Improved Understanding and Manag...
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