Tag Archives: Opioids

Oregon Overshoots on Opioids

State Employees can access this Wall Street Journal story via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact  us for access.  library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 The Oregon Health Authority is contemplating a radical plan to end opioid coverage for many chronic-pain patients enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. Beginning in […]
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Oregon sees spike in synthetic opioid overdose deaths

Drug overdose deaths from highly addictive synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, soared last year in Oregon, according to preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week. There were 87 predicted deaths in 2017 compared to 42 deaths the year before, a 107 percent increase, the figures show. Source: Oregon sees spike […]
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Oregon Medicaid program could cut off chronic pain patients from opioids – STAT

Officials are considering a first-in-the-nation proposal that would end coverage for opioids for chronic pain patients enrolled in Oregon’s Medicaid program. There is little Laura Dolph has not tried to escape her physical pain. Tylenol, occupational therapy, oxycodone. A chiropractor. Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation. Methadone, Advil, physical therapy, Tylenol with codeine. A prescription fentanyl patch […]
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Oregon Overshoots on Opioids

-A ban on Medicaid coverage would be cruel to patients.- The Oregon Health Authority is contemplating a radical plan to end opioid coverage for many chronic-pain patients enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. Beginning in 2020, physicians would have one year to fully taper off doses of medications such as Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin. Source: […]
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The congressional districts with the most opioids per person 

The epidemic is worst in Appalachia and the South. The areas most flooded with prescription opioids are mostly represented by Republicans. The opioid crisis has taken a steep toll nationwide, but the South and Appalachia are particularly inundated with highly addictive prescription painkillers. What’s next: The House passed roughly 60 opioid-related bills in June; a timeline […]
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Everyone is trying to end the opioid epidemic

Congress and the health care industry are fighting the epidemic. The supply of prescription opioids is falling in almost every state, but Congress and the private sector still have a lot more to do to stem the tide of a still-growing epidemic. Between the lines: States with laws limiting opioid prescriptions have seen the steepest declines […]
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The states using medical marijuana for opioid substitutes – Axios

115 Americans die on average every day from opioid overdoses. ore states are turning to medical marijuana as an alternative to the addictive prescription painkillers that have driven the public health crisis. Why it matters: Recent studies found that states with legalized medical marijuana laws have seen lower opioid overdose death rates compared to states that ban it. Source: […]
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Editorial: State, feds must walk fine line

American health officials are, with good reason, working to get the nation’s opioid addiction problems under control. That’s evident in the effort by Oregon Health Authority to come up with new ways to address chronic pain and by the federal Food and Drug Administration to create new prescribing guidelines for the powerful painkillers. They’ve taken […]
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Oregon now has the fewest opioid overdoses

Oregon now has the fewest opioid overdoses. “Jackson County was one of the highest prescribing counties in the state and we had one of the highest overdose rates in the state … at this point, we’re doing pretty well,” said Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County medical director, at a Rotary Club of Ashland meeting Thursday. […]
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FDA seeks to tailor length of opioid prescriptions to patient conditions

FDA commissioner explains plan at roundtable discussion in Bend. The Food and Drug Administration is developing new opioid prescribing guidelines that would tailor the duration of the prescriptions to specific patient conditions. Speaking at a provider roundtable with Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, on Tuesday in Bend, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the agency […]
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