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AMA Opioid Task Force Releases its 2020 Progress Report

The new report details the recent evolution of the nation’s opioid epidemic and physicians’ progress toward ending it. AAPM Past President Steve Stanos, DO, represents the Academy on the Task Force. Key points from the 2020 report include: opioid prescribing decreases for a sixth year in a row, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) registrations and use continue to increase, more physicians are certified to treat opioid use disorder, and access to naloxone is increasing. Read full report

AAPM Members Bernard Canlas, MD, and Erik Clarke, PhD, Receive NIH Grant

Congratulations to AAPM members Bernard Canlas, MD (left) and Erik Clarke, PhD (right) at VA Puget Sound who have just been awarded a $727,888 NIH grant. This is the first NIH-funded study at VA Puget Sound investigating integrated care for buprenorphine‐prescribed veterans with chronic pain and Opioid Use Disorder. The project is titled Integrated Treatment for Veterans with CoOccurring Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder.  

FDA Recommends Health Care Professionals Discuss Naloxone with All Patients when Prescribing

FDA is requiring drug manufacturers for all opioid pain relievers and medicines to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) to add new recommendations about naloxone to the prescribing information. This will help ensure that health care professionals discuss the availability of naloxone and assess each patient’s need for a naloxone prescription when opioid pain relievers or medicines to treat OUD are being prescribed or renewed. The patient Medication Guides will also be updated. Full story.

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 representative on the AMA Opioid Task Force.

Dr. Stanos describes a three-prong approach that his hospital system, Swedish Pain Services, has implemented in order to respond to the pandemic: risk mitigation for patients, increased access for virtual visits, and taking care of staff and hospital team members.

Panelists discussed ways to increase access and eliminate treatment barriers for patients suffering from pain as well as those with opioid use disorder. View the full video.

Trends in Prescription Opioid Use and Dose Trajectories Before Opioid Use Disorder or Overdose in US Adults From 2006 to 2016: A Cross-Sectional Study

With governments’ increasing efforts to curb opioid prescription use and limit dose below the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended threshold of 90 morphine milligram equivalents per day, little is known about prescription opioid patterns preceding opioid use disorder (OUD) or overdose.

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