Opioid Crisis News

The opioid abuse epidemic continues to rage across the United States. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide holistic non-opioid anesthesia and pain management options, helping their patients to prepare for surgery, get through surgery and manage their pain upon the return home.

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House Committee to Consider Slew of Bills to Counter Opioid Crisis
Washington Examiner, March 14, 2018

New Jersey Hospital Association Advocates for Opioid Crisis Solutions in D.C.
NJHA, March 14, 2018

Opioid Overprescribing Is Not a Myth
Politico, March 13, 2018

Michigan Falls Short in Frontline Treatment for Opioid Crisis
Bridge Magazine, March 13, 2018

Nashville Mom Pushes for New Bottle Cap to Decelerate the Opioid Crisis
WKRN.com, March 13, 2018

Protesters at Metropolitan Museum Chant "Shame on Sackler," Targeting Donors Who Profited from Opioid Crisis
Hyperallergic Newsletter, March 12, 2018

Overshadowed by the Opioid Crisis: A Comeback by Cocaine
New York Times, March 5, 2018

It's a Myth America Consumes 80% of World's Opioids
Pain News Network March 8, 2018

NQF Creates Opioid Stewardship Guidebook for Providers
Modern Healthcare, March 8, 2018

Jury's In: Opioids are Not Better Than Other Medicines for Chronic Pain
NBC News

Opioid Overdose ER Cases Rise 30 Percent, According to CDC
Modern Healthcare, March 6, 2018

Villages Hospital Works Around Opioid Shortage
The Villages Daily Sun, March 6, 2018

Legislation Aims to Fight Opioid Crisis
The Observer, March 5, 2018

Some of Those Hit Hardest By The Opioid Epidemic Are Not Rural, White Americans
Washington Post, March 2, 2018

States Seek More Federal Funding for Opioid Treatment, Not More Promises
NPR, March 1, 2018

Multimodal Approach to Pain Management Reduces Opioids, Prescriptions After Joint Replacement
Infosurhoy, March 1, 2018

Fighting the Opioid Crisis: Update on Pennsylvania's Opioid Emergency Declaration
WETM-TV (Elmira, N.Y.), February 28, 2018

Opinion: Lawsuits Are Not A Solution to the Opioid Crisis
Newsday, February 28, 2018

Opioid Crisis: Justice Department to Back Local Lawsuits Against Manufacturers
The Guardian, February 27, 2018

Amidst Opioid Crisis, A Search for Alternatives
OPB/NPR, February 27, 2018

A New Bipartisan Bill Tackling the Opioid Crisis Still Falls Short of What's Actually Needed
ThinkProgress, February 27, 2018

Opioid-Free Anesthesia: The Future of Pain Management
Mayo Clinic Health System, February 26, 2018

NYC: Opioid Crisis Has Cost City $500 Million
Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2018

Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis Clears Iowa House
Des Moines Register, February 26, 2018

Gaps in Providers' Ability to Prescribe Buprenorphine Hinder Opioid Treatment Efforts
Modern Healthcare, February 23, 2018

Senate Reaches Spending Deal That Includes Opioid Funding, CHIP Extension
Modern Healthcare, February 7, 2018

AHIP Analysis Reveals Trouble Spots in Opioid Prescribing
Modern Healthcare, February 7, 2018

Stone: Together We Can Fight Opioid Problem
Odessa America Online (Odessa, Texas), February 5, 2018

Breathing Problems Linked to Drug That Treats Opioid Addiction
Science Daily, February 1, 2018

Can This Silicon Valley Startup Bioengineer a Less Addictive Opioid?
Fast Company, February 1, 2018

Trump Calls Opioid Crisis a Priority. So Where's the Funding?
Modern Healthcare, February 1, 2018

Local CRNAs at Forefront of Opioid-Free Movement
Mitchell News-Journal (Spruce Pine, N.C.), January 31, 2018

Gov. Haslam Appoints New Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education
Local 8 Now (Knoxville, Tenn.), January 24, 2018

Arizona Plan to Combat Opioids Would Limit Dosages, Amounts
Modern Healthcare, January 19, 2018

Stefanik Jumps Into Heroin Task Force
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, January 19, 2018

As the Opioid Crisis Grows, States are Opening Medicaid to Alternative Medicine
Stat, January 17, 2018

Walmart Takes on Opioid Crisis, Offering Free Solution to Safely Dispose of Unused Meds
USA Today, January 17, 2018

Health: Acupuncture in the Opioid Crisis Era
Columbus Monthly, January 16, 2018

Lawmakers Look at Ways to Combat Opioid Crisis
News Press New, January 16, 2018

Health Care Providers Unite for Opioid Event
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 15, 2018

Hospitals Turn to Collaborative Agreements to Battle Addiction Crisis
Modern Healthcare, January 13, 2018

FDA Names Opioids, Drug Competition as Top 2018 Policy Goals
Modern Healthcare, January 12, 2018

VA Becomes First Hospital System to Release Opioid Prescribing Rates
Newton County Times (Jasper, Ark.), January 11, 2018

VA Secretary David Shulkin: We've Reduced Opioid Use by 36 Percent Since 2010
Fox Business, January 10, 2018

Tragedy Impetus for Perioperative Anesthetic Program for Recovering Addicts
Anesthesiology News, January 8, 2018

More Access for Doctors Could Ease Opioid Crisis
Tahlequah Daily Press, January 5, 2018

Hc1 Uses Artificial Intelligence to Uncover Opioid Crisis Insights
Xconomy.com, January 4, 2018

State Lawmakers Take Aim at Opioid Crisis
Good4Utah, January 4, 2018

Grant to Help Opioid Crisis in Rural Counties
Fox 11 News (WLUK), January 4, 2018

Addiction Experts Give Their Thoughts on the Opioid Crisis
The Bulletin (Oregon), January 4, 2018

Nevada Wants Its Next Execution to be Done with an Opioid
QZ.com, December 12, 2017

Blue Cross to Limit Opioid Scripts to 30-day Supply
Modern Healthcare, December 11, 2017

Veterans More Likely to Die From Opioids Than Civilians
High Times, December 5, 2017

Opioid Crisis: Criminal Justice Referrals Miss Treatment Opportunities, Study Suggests
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, December 4, 2017

Surgery-Related Opioid Doses Could Drop Dramatically, Without Affecting Patients' Pain Control, Study Suggests
University of Michigan, December 4, 2017

Mortality from Opioid Addiction Quadruples
Modern Healthcare, December 4, 2017

U.S. Approves Monthly Injection for Opioid Addiction
Modern Healthcare, December 1, 2017

FDA Approves First Once-Monthly Buprenorphine Injection, a Medication-Assisted Treatment Option for Opioid Use Disorder
FDA, November 30, 2017

Range of Opioid Prescribers Plays Important Role in Epidemic, Study Finds
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, November 27, 2017

Also: VA Can Share Dependents' Opioid Use
The Journal Gazette (Ft. Wayne, Ind.), November 23, 2017

Alternative Pain Therapies Could Help Quell Opioid Crisis, But Barriers Remain
U.S. News & World Report, November 21, 2017

Economic Burden of Opioid Epidemic Hit $95 Billion in 2016
Modern Healthcare, November 16, 2017

The Death of Pain Management
Pain News Network, November 16, 2017

FDA Clears Nerve Stimulator to Aid Recovery from Opioids
Modern Healthcare, November 15, 2017

Opioid Abuse Crisis Takes Heavy Toll on U.S. Veterans
U.S. News & World Report, November 10, 2017

MediciNova Announces Collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Oregon Health & Science University to Evaluate MN-166 (ibudilast) in Methamphetamine Use Disorder
Nasdaq, November 9, 2017

Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (Toolkit)
American Hospital Association, November 6, 2017

Dad Testifies to Commission on Combating Drug Addiction
Eagle-Tribune (Mass.), November 5, 2017

How Hospitals Can Fight the Opioid Crisis
Medscape, November 2, 2017

Major Health Provider Sees Big Opioid Prescription Decline
Modern Healthcare, November 1, 2017

Taking Opioids Out of Anesthesia Decreases Post-Surgery Nausea
National Pain Report, November 1, 2017

Anesthesia Providers Turning to Non-Opioid Alternatives
ABC6 (Knoxville, Tenn.), October 31, 2017

To Fight the Opioid Crisis, These Doctors Cut Back on Opioids
NBC News, October 30, 2017

Study Finds Providers Lack Resources to Stem Opioid Crisis
Modern Healthcare, October 30, 2017

Opioid-free Anesthesia Reduces Postoperative Nausea, Study Finds
American Pharmacist Association, October 27, 2017

Five Fast Facts on the U.S. Opioid Addiction Crisis
U.S. News & World Report, October 26, 2017

Spine Osteoarthritis Patients and Those Under 65 More Likely to Use Opioids to Manage Pain
American College of Rheumatology, October 26, 2017

Opioids and Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
American College of Rheumatology, October 26, 2017

Opioid-Free Anesthesia Tolerated in Outpatient Surgery
Renal & Urology News, October 25, 2017

The Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Takes on the Opioid Industry
Bloomberg Businessweek, October 5, 2017

Why One Pain Specialist Hasn’t Prescribed an Opioid in 10 Years
Michigan Health Lab, March 13, 2017