More than 6 out of 10 deaths involve prescribed opioids. The authors address guidelines for who should (and who should not) receive a naloxone prescription.
Opioid Related Disorders
While opioid use disorders are more common in younger patients, prevalence among the elderly is growing.
A psychiatrist realizes he is completely powerless against his patient's opiate addiction.
The overprescription of opioid analgesics has resulted in the growing use of heroin. Right?
Two recent clinical trials of opioid medication for depression and suicidality highlight the role of brain opioid systems in depression.
A new CDC guideline on prescribing opioids for chronic pain has only added to the media attention being focused on opioid abuse and addiction. But what does the guideline really offer?
As clinicians, we can only imagine what happens when patients terminate treatment. Thoughts from an addiction psychiatry fellow.
Opioid-dependent patients presenting to an emergency department for other medical reasons are more likely to pursue addiction treatment if a specific therapy is initiated during their emergency care stay. What therapy are we talking about?
While opioid dependence is among the most severe and lethal of addictions, it also has the most effective medication treatments. The authors provide 2 case vignettes and a step-by-step process for clinical decision making.
There are probably few health care professionals who are unaware of the concerns about the apparent overprescription of opioids. However, we have had only limited information on how good a job physicians may actually be doing in prescribing these medications.