News Archive

October 3, 2014: Medscape Medical News: 11 Tips for Better Opioid Prescribing

October 2, 2014: AHRQ: The Effectiveness and Risks of Long-term Opioid Treatment of Chronic Pain

October 2, 2014: Journal of the American Medical Association: Treating Prescription Opioid Dependence

October 1, 2014: The New York Times: Dealing With Opioid Abuse Would Pay for Itself

October 1, 2014: Journal of the American Medical AssociationAHRQ: Little Evidence for Opioids in Managing Long-term Chronic Pain

September 25, 2014: Medscape Medical News: In Pennsylvania, Heroin Easier to Get Than Wine, Cheaper Than Beer

September 24, 2014: SAMHSA: Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

September 24, 2014: The Wall Street Journal: Fears Rise of Medication Misuse by the Elderly

September 23, 2014: Why do patients stay in opioid maintenance treatment?

September 23, 2014: Pediatrics: Emergency Hospitalizations for Unsupervised Prescription Medication Ingestions by Young Children

September 17, 2014: Barriers to Primary Care Physicians Prescribing Buprenorphine

September 17, 2014: Medscape Medical News: Opioid Prescription Should Include Risk Assessment

September 11, 2014: Medscape Medical News: Ending Opioid Abuse

September 11, 2014: PubMed:A Naturalistic Comparison of the Effectiveness of Methadone and Two Sublingual Formulations of Buprenorphine on Maintenance Treatment Outcomes: Findings From a Retrospective Multisite Study

September 2, 2014: Journal of Addiction Medicine: The Feasibility and Acceptability of Groups for Pain Management in Methadone Maintenance Treatment

August 26, 2014: Addiction Science and Clinical Practice: Costs of Care for Persons with Opioid Dependence in Commercial Integrated Health Systems

August 26, 2014: Canada’s Health Minister Moves on Safe Prescribing Practices for Drugs Prone to Abuse

August 26, 2014: The Hill: House Passes Bill Aimed at Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse

August 21, 2014: Deaths and Severe Adverse Events Associated with Anesthesia-Assisted Rapid Opioid Detoxification — New York City, 2012

August 20, 2014: Heroin Abuse Bill Establishes Federal Funding For Inpatient Care

August 20, 2014: Journal of Addiction Medicine: Factors Affecting Noncompliance With Buprenorphine Maintenance Treatment

August 19, 2014: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): Screening and Brief Intervention for Drug Use in Primary Care

August 19, 2014: Journal of Addiction Medicine: Powder and Crack Cocaine Use Among Opioid Users: Is All Cocaine the Same?

August 13, 2014: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): CDC: Major Disparities in Opioid Prescribing Among States

August 13, 2014: Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC): Final Report on Opioid Dependence Now Available

August 13, 2014: The New York Times: Dealing With Opioid Abuse Would Pay for Itself

August 13, 2014: Medscape Medical News: Brief Interventions Futile for Problem Drug Use

July 30, 2014: Observer & Eccentric: Op-ed: Treating Heroin and Opioid Addiction

July 25, 2014: Medscape Medical News: EU Agency Endorses Suspension of Oral Methadone Products

July 22, 2014: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): Buprenorphine Treatment for Hospitalized, Opioid-Dependent Patients

July 22, 2014: Boston Globe: Massachusetts General Hospital to Screen All Patients for Substance Abuse

July 21, 2014: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): Telecare Intervention Improves Chronic Pain

July 15, 2014: Medscape Medical News: Opioids: Proper Prescribing and Treating Addiction

July 15, 2014: American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG): Clinical care for opioid-using pregnant and postpartum women: the role of obstetric providers

July 15, 2014: Clinical Journal of Pain: The Role of Opioid Prescription in Incident Opioid Abuse and Dependence Among Individuals With Chronic Noncancer Pain: The Role of Opioid Prescription

July 15, 2014: Children and Family Futures: Medication Assisted Treatment During Pregnancy, Postnatal and Beyond

July 14, 2014: Medscape Medical News: Opioid Use Putting 'America's Fighting Force' at Risk

July 9, 2014: Mayo Clinic: Age and Sex Patterns of Drug Prescribing in a Defined American Population

July 9, 2014: Pain Medicine News: Predicting Pain Patient Response to Opioid Detoxification

July 9, 2014: American Journal of Psychiatry: Transitions in Illicit Drug Use Status Over 3 Years: A Prospective Analysis of a General Population Sample

July 1, 2014: Top 5 Percent of Opioid Prescribers Write 40 Percent of US Narcotic Prescriptions

June 24, 2014: Trends in Ambulatory Physician Opioid Prescription in the United States, 1997-2009

June 24, 2014: Journal of Addiction MedicineA Retrospective Study of Retention of Opioid-Dependent Adolescents and Young Adults in an Outpatient Buprenorphine/Naloxone Clinic

June 24, 2014: Journal of the American Geriatric SocietyE-Learning Module on Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults: Evidence of Effect on Medical Student Objective Structured Clinical Examination Performance

June 19, 2014: Medscape Medical News: Joint Commission Issues Alert on Unsafe Injectable Practices

June 18, 2014: Medscape Medical News: 'Project Lazarus' Making Headway on Opioid Overdoses

June 16, 2014: Medscape Medical News: FDA Approves Bunavail for Opioid Addiction

June 10, 2014: Journal of Addiction MedicineA Systematic Review of Community Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Distribution Programs

June 10, 2014: Department of Veteran Affairs: VA Patterns of Dispensing Take-Home Opioids and Monitoring Patients on Opioid Therapy

June 4, 2014: Journal of the American Medical Association: The Changing Face of Heroin Use in the United States

June 4, 2014: Lexology: Ohio’s New Rules for Opioid Maintenance Treatment 

June 4, 2014: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): Screening for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in Adults

May 28, 2014Treatment Strategies for Older HIV Patients Recently Updated on

May 22, 2014Medscape Medical News: New APS Guideline on Safe Use of Opioids

May 21, 2014Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Education Campaign: Patients with Intravenous Drug Use at Higher Risks for Hepatitis C

May 21, 2014Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: The Transition to Medication Adoption in Publicly Funded Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs: Organizational Structure, Culture, and Resources

May 21, 2014: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: Reasons for Opioid Use Among Patients with Dependence on Prescription Opioids: The Role of Chronic Pain

May 2, 2014Medscape Medical News: Opioids Compared with Placebo or Other Treatments for Chronic Low Back Pain

May 1, 2014Journal of New England Medicine: Medication-Assisted Therapies - Tackling the Opioid-Overdose Epidemic

May 1, 2014: Journal of New England Medicine: Chronic Pain, Addiction, and Zohydro

April 29, 2014: Medscape Medical News: In Fight With Opiate Overdoses, N.J. County Issues Antidote to Police

April 17, 2014: Medscape Medical News: Take-Home Induction of Buprenorphine Feasible, Safe

April 7, 2014Medscape Medical News: Experts Applaud Rapid FDA Approval of Opioid Overdose Device

April 3, 2014Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: Abuse and Diversion of Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets and Film

April 3, 2014National Institutes of Health (NIH) News: Opioid Prescribing: Critical Appraisal of Guidelines for Chronic Pain

April 3, 2014Journal of Adolescent Health: Opioid Use Among Adolescent Patients Treated for Headache

March 21, 2014Academic Emergency Medicine: Evidence-based Narratives to Improve Recall of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

March 21, 2014Psychiatric Services: Medication-Assisted Treatment With Methadone: Assessing the Evidence

March 17, 2014Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Announcement: 5 Things to Know about Opioid Overdoses

March 14, 2014Medscape Medical News: Buprenorphine Prescribing 'Disappointingly Low'

March 12, 2014Medscape Medical News: Coordinated Approach Reduces Illicit Prescription Drug Use

March 11, 2014Medscape Medical News: Physicians a Leading Source of Opioids for Illicit Users

March 11, 2014Medscape Medical News: Opioid Addiction Meds Effective but Buprenorphine a Better Bet?

March 10, 2014Medscape Medical News: Vital Signs: Risks for Overdose from Methadone Used for Pain Relief – United States, 1999-2010

March 10, 2014Medscape Medical News: Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers and Other Drugs Among Women

February 26, 2014: New PCSS-O Brochure

February 19, 2014Medscape Medical News: Methadone or Buprenorphine for Maintenance Therapy of Opioid Addiction: What's the Right Duration?

February 13, 2014Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Announcement to Medical Community

February 10, 2014Journal of the American Medical Association: Groups Urge Wide Use of Opioid Antidote to Avert Overdoses

February 5, 2014Neuropathic Pain: A Practical Guide for the Clinician

February 3, 2014The Manual: A Pocket Guide to Pain Management, 4th Edition  

January 31, 2014: American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) Resource Guide to Chronic Pain Medication and Treatment (2013 Edition)

January 30, 2014: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: What You Need to Know in 2014

January 29, 2014Pain Control and Patient Satisfaction Differ

January 27, 2014Confusion Over Why Youths Misuse Rx Opioids

January 9, 2014Medscape Medical News: Chronic Pain Treatment With Opioid Analgesics

December 20, 2013Medscape Medical News: The American College of Physicians (ACP) Issues Wake-up Call on Prescription Drug Abuse

December 16, 2013The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM): Advancing Access to Addiction Medications

November 7, 2013Medscape Medical News: Longer Taper May Boost Abstinence Rates in Opioid Abusers

November 6, 2013FDA News Release: Safety Labeling Changes and Postmarket Study Requirements for Extended-release and Long-acting Opioid Analgesics

September 27, 2013: New PCSS-O Brochure

September 25, 2013: How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

September 20, 2013Medscape Medical News: A Narrative Review of the Impact of Disbelief in Chronic Pain

September 20, 2013Medscape Medical News: Long-term Opioids No Longer Indicated for Moderate Pain Use

September 11, 2013: Important Information for those who Prescribe Long-Acting Opiates

September 4, 2013: Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Awards $3 Million Grant to Educate Physicians on Evidence-Based 

August 30, 2013: Approaches to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence

August 28, 2013: How to Prevent Opioid Overdose and Overdose-Related Death

August 1, 2013: APA Psychiatric News: Caution Urged for Clinicians Who Prescribe Opioids

June 26, 2013: AMA Releases Updated Pain Management Education Program

June 26, 2013: Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc. Annual Meeting 10/27/13 - 11/1/13

June 25, 2013: Update on Fentanyl Analog (confirmed as Acetyl Fentanyl) Overdose Deaths in Rhode Island

May 30, 2013: PCSS-O Brochure

May 22, 2013: Psychiatric News Update

December 12, 2012: Attention Prescribers: FDA seeks your help in curtailing the U.S. opioid epidemic

November 20, 2012: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses: Use and Abuse of Methadone as a Painkiller

September 4, 2012: Risk for Substance Abuse in Patients With Cancer Pain Kate Johnson

August 8, 2012: The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert: Safe Use of Opioids in Hospitals

July 17, 2012: FDA News Release: FDA Introduces New Safety Measures for Extended-release and Long-acting Opioid Medications

July 9, 2012: Questions and Answers: FDA approves a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics

June 18, 2012: Medscape Medical News: Mental Illness in Teens Linked to Long-term Opioid Use 

May 16, 2012: Annals of Internal Medicine: Cautious, Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing William C. Becker, MD; and David A. Fiellin, MD

May 15, 2012: Annals of Internal Medicine: Federal Plan for Prescriber Education on Opioids Misses Opportunities William C. Becker, MD; and David A. Fiellin, MD

May 14, 2012: Study Shows Widespread Misuse of Prescription Drugs Timothy W. Martin

May 11, 2012: Quest Diagnostics: Prescription Drug Misuse in America

May 10, 2012: Two New Resources to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse Bret Stetka, MD; Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD

May 5, 2012: Project Update