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Unintended Consequences Are the Result of Decreasing Opioid Prescriptions Written by Health Care Providers

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Michael A. Kelly, M.D., Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center, Opioid Abuse Epidemic, opioid after surgery, opioid alternatives

Hackensack University Medical Center Participates in National Conference on Pharmaceutical and Chemical Diversion

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Michael A. Kelly, M.D., chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, was a featured presenter at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Diversion Control Division, 23rd National Conference on Pharmaceutical and Chemical Diversion

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Suicide, Drug Overdose, Opioid Abuse Epidemic, suicide accounting

New Study Led by Public Health Researcher Finds ‘Suicides by Drugs’ Profoundly Undercounted in the United States

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States increased by 34 percent between 2000 and 2016. While that rate seems high, a team of researchers led by a West Virginia University faculty member believes it is seriously underestimated.

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New Study Aims to Improve Patient Retention Rates and Outcomes in Substance Abuse Treatment

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From 2000 to 2015, more than a half million people died from drug overdoses. Many of these individuals tried to recover from their addiction by seeking treatment at specialty addiction programs.

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Local Economic Factors Affect Opioid Prescribing to Disabled Medicare Beneficiaries

For non-elderly Americans on disability, local prescribing of opioid pain medications is significantly related to county-level economic factors like unemployment and income level, reports a study in the January issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Researcher Calls West Virginia's Drug Overdose Death Rate Increase ‘Totally Unacceptable’

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UNH Research Finds Increase in Number of Babies Born Drug Exposed in N.H.

From 2005 to 2015 the number of infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the Granite State increased fivefold, from 52 to 269, according to new research by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.

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No Family Is Immune to Addiction, but Members Can Take Steps to Help a Substance Abuser

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Study Explores Patient-Doctor Communication About Opioid Tapering

Increased scrutiny of opioid prescribing for patients with chronic pain has led providers and healthcare organizations to consider opioid-dose reductions, known as tapering. Such actions can precipitate communication challenges for primary-care physicians. A new study, published in The Journal of Pain, examined patient-doctor conversations and explored best practices associated with opioid tapering. The Journal of Pain is the peer-review publication of the American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org.

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Brain Scans May Reveal Most Effective Anti-Drug Messages

What if you could look into the brains of potential drug abusers and see what messages would be most likely to persuade them to “just say no?” That’s the ultimate goal of researchers whose new study scanned the brains of people while they watched anti-drug public service announcements (PSAs).







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