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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In Orthopedic Surgery, Regional Anesthesia May Reduce Opioid Use and Lead to Earlier Discharge
Docwire, March 16, 2020

Drug Shortages Act Needed as Coronavirus Threats Grow
Drug Topics, March 12, 2020

Opioid Overprescribing Driven by Top 1% of Providers
Medical Bag, February 26, 2020

Peripheral Opioid Receptor Antagonists for Opioid-Induced Constipation: A Primer on Pharmacokinetic Variabilities with a Focus on Drug Interactions
Dovepress, February 25, 2020

Opioid Settlement Still Elusive as Some Lawyers Criticize It
Modern Healthcare, February 24, 2020

High Catastrophizing Linked to Increased Opioid Use in TKA Patients
Anesthesiology News, February 21, 2020

Who is to Blame for the Opioid Crisis? In Florida, Walgreens and CVS Point Finger at Physicians
FierceHealthcare, February 13, 2020

The Effect of Surgery on Chronic Opioid Users Surprises
Anesthesiology News, February 11, 2020

Increasing Opioid Dose Fails to Lessen Pain in Chronic Patients, Finds Study
Medical Dialogues, February 8, 2020

Gaps Remain in Rural Opioid Crisis Research
Rutgers University-New Brunswick, February 6, 2020

Preventing Opioid Misuse in Rural America
South Dakota State University, February 6, 2020

Lower Post-op Opioid Use Has Little Effect on Pain Scores After TKA
Anesthesiology News, January 29, 2020

Practice Fusion to Pay $145 Million Over Opioid Kickback Allegations
Modern Healthcare, January 27, 2020

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to Have a Greater Role in National Response to Opioid Epidemic
Wolters Kluwer, January 24, 2020

Giving Opioids Closer to Sedation Increases Risk for Adverse Events in Children
Medical Dialogues, January 24, 2020

Lawmakers Review Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Treatment
KITV 4 ABC (Honolulu, Hawaii), January 23, 2020

FDA Panel Split on Approval of Non-Opioid for Surgical Pain
Medscape, January 17, 2020

More Than 100 Billion Pain Pills Saturated the Nation Over Nine Years
The Washington Post, January 14, 2020

Justice Department Recovered $2.6 Billion from Healthcare Fraud Cases in 2019
Two of the largest False Claims Act fraud recoveries came from opioid manufacturers.
Modern Healthcare, January 9, 2020

Only 10% of Eligible Primary Care Providers Can Prescribe Medication to Treat Patients for Opioid Addiction
FierceHealthcare, January 7, 2020

Fewer Adults Receiving Opioids, Study Finds
Modern Healthcare, January 6, 2020

Preliminary Study Faults Opioid-Free Anesthesia for Bariatric Surgery
Pain Medicine News, January 6, 2020

Veterans Benefit from Pain Treatment Without Drugs
MedicalNewsToday, January 2, 2020

McKesson Hid Security Flaws That Fueled Opioid Epidemic, Lawsuit Alleges
Modern Healthcare, December 19, 2019

States Score $200M From the CMS to Combat Maternal Opioid Abuse
Modern Healthcare, December 19, 2019

Study Confirms Breakthrough Treatment Can Reduce Opioid Use After Surgery
InfuTronix Solutions, December 19, 2019

Stigma of Addiction is Just One Barrier to Treating It
Modern Healthcare, December 14, 2019

Inside the Opioid Industry's Marketing Machine
Unsealed court documents reveal how drug companies ramped up sales during the epidemic.
The Washington Post, December 6, 2019

Omnibus Chronic Noncancer Opioid Therapy Algorithm Release
Anesthesiology News, November 26, 2019

Amid Rising Overdose Deaths, Opioid Prescribing Declines in Texas
Anesthesiology News, November 22, 2019

A New Link Between Migraines, Opioid Overuse May be Key to Treating Pain
University of Illinois at Chicago, November 20, 2019

Dermatologists Address Responsible Opioid Prescribing Practices in New Guidelines
American Academy of Dermatology, November 18, 2019

Opioids Drugs Market Research Studies Subsequent Increasing Demand, Growth, Segments and Forecast - 2026
Downey Magazine, November 17, 2019

Opioid Discussion Reveals Myths, Advances
West Central Tribune (Rochester, Minn.), November 15, 2019

Cannabis Found Not to be a Substitute for Opioids
McMaster University, November 15, 2019

Opioid Prescription Misuse in Older Adults in Lasting Physical, Mental Complications
Texas State University/San Marcos, Novemer 14, 2019

Intraoperative Methadone is Associated with Decreased Perioperative Opioid Use Without Adverse Events: A Case-Matched Cohort Study
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia/MD Linx, November 12, 2019

Investigational Capsaicin Therapy After Bunionectomy Reduces Pain, Opioid Reliance
Anesthesiology News, November 10, 2019

New York Judge Sets Opioid Crisis Trial for January
Modern Healthcare, November 7, 2019

At the Height of the Opioid Crisis, Walgreens Handled Nearly One in Five of the Most Addictive Pain Pills Shipped to Pharmacies
The Washington Post, November 7, 2019

Opioid Use Less Using TAP Catheters Rather than Epidural Catheters for Colorectal Surgery
Anesthesiology News, November 6, 2019

Gainesville Man First in State to Get New Pain-Reducing Implant
The Independent Florida Alligator, November 4, 2019

Peer Recovery Helping Patients with Addiction Seek Treatment
Modern Healthcare, November 2, 2019

Pat Ryan's First Steps Against Opioid Crisis
The New Paltz Oracle (Student newspaper of SUNY New Paltz), October 31, 2019

How Nurse Practitioners Are Key to Expanding the Opioid Treatment Workforce
AANP, October 30, 2019

Provider Stigma in Treating Heroin Addiction: How Can We Eliminate It?
Clinical Advisor, October 28, 2019

Can Medical Marijuana Mitigate Opioid Misuses?
DocWire, October 28, 2019

Enhanced Recovery Reduces Hospitalization Time
Shine, October 26, 2019

Orthopedic Surgeons' Estimates of Opioid Consumption Following TKA Found Highly Variable
Anesthesiology News, October 22, 2019

Systemic Lidocaine Lowers Opioid Use in Non-OR Settings
Anesthesiology News, October 21, 2019

Companies Reach $260 Million Deal to Settle Ohio Opioids Lawsuit
Modern Healthcare, October 21, 2019

Study: Reducing Opioid Prescriptions Doesn't Lower Patient Satisfaction Scores
FierceHealthcare, October 17, 2019

Jury Selection Begins in Opioid Trial Despite Delay Request
Modern Healthcare, October 16, 2019

More Than Dollars: Following the Evidence to Better Addiction Treatment
Fierce Healthcare, October 16, 2019

Non-opioid Medication on the Rise as U.S. Combats Opioid Crisis
Modern Healthcare, October 16, 2019

Combat Troops at Higher Risk for Opioid, Heroin Addiction, Study Says
Military Times, Otober 14, 2019

USC Implements Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program to Reduce Opioid Prescriptions
Healio Orthopedics Today, October 10, 2019

Federal Court Rules Against Two Efforts to Stop Opioid Trial
Modern Healthcare, October 10, 2019

Advocates Rally for Use of Opioids to Manage Pain
The Daily Sentinel, October 10, 2019

HHS Gives Physicians Guidance on Tapering Patients Off Opioids
Modern Healthcare, October 10, 2019

Innovative Non-Opioids for Chronic Pain: Ketamine and Cannabidiol
Psychiatric Times, October 8, 2019

Ibogaine: Promising Addiction Treatment or Snake Oil?
The Fix, October 8, 2019

Opioids Block Pain During Surgery. One Area Doctor Has Another Idea
Tampa Bay Times, October 7, 2019

Aiken Regional Program Seeks to Reduce Opioid Addiction After Surgery
Aiken Standard, October 5, 2019

Managing Patients with Opioid Use Disorder and Chronic Pain
Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network, October 3, 2019

Virginia Doctor Sentenced to 40 Years in Opioid Case
Modern Healthcare, October 2, 2019

Inspector General Harshly Criticizes Drug Enforcement Administration for Allowing Opioid Makers to Dramatically Increase Production
The Washington Post, October 1, 2019

Hospitals Support Medical Billing Changes, Opioid Payments
Modern Healthcare, September 30, 2019

A Mea Culpa on CDC Opioid Guideline
Anesthesiology News, September 30, 2019

Apnea and Opioids a Dangerous Mix in Acute Heart Failure
Anesthesiology News, September 25, 2019

Minnesota Duo Minimizing Use of Opioids Using Alternative Drug
West Central Tribune, September 24, 2019

As Fentanyl Deaths Soared, Congress Failed to Act Despite Dire Warnings About the Powerful Opioid
The Washington Post, September 20, 2019

Study of Variations in Inpatient Opioid Consumption After Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Influence of Patient- and Surgeon-related Factors
DocWire, September 18, 2019

Johnson & Johnson is Responsible for Fueling Oklahoma’s Opioid Crisis, Judge Rules in Landmark Case
Washington Post, August 26, 2019

Opioid Abuse Treatment Rates Far Higher in Medicaid Expansion States
Modern Healthcare, August 22, 2019

Research Seeks to Identify the Molecular Pathways Underlying Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia
Beckman Institute, August 20, 2019

CMS Gives States, MCOs Guidance on Tracking Medicaid Opioid Use
Modern Healthcare, August 5, 2019

ACCRaC Episode 128: Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression
Anesthesiology News, July 31, 2019

CMS Issues Guidance on Services for Moms, Babies with Opioid Disorder
Modern Healthcare, July 29, 2019

Multimodal Techniques: Managing Suboxone in the Perioperative Setting
Anesthesiology News, July 29, 2019

Little Known Generic Drug Companies Played Central Role in Opioid Crisis, Records Show
The Washington Post, July 27, 2019

How Interventional Effort Reduced Opioid Prescriptions at One Hospital
Anesthesiology News, July 25, 2019

The Records Revealed
A cache of previously undisclosed internal drug company documents and other records are being released as the result of the largest civil action in U.S. history. About two dozen drug companies are being sued in federal court by nearly 2,000 cities, towns and counties, alleging they conspired to flood the nation with opioids.
The Washington Post, July 23, 2019

‘I Think We’re Responsible for Something,’ A Drug Distributor Executive Says in Unsealed Documents From Landmark Opioids Lawsuit
The Washington Post, July 23, 2019

Surgeons Share Practical Tips to Reduce Opioid Prescriptions
Anesthesiology News, July 23, 2019

Distribution Data Shows W.Va. Region Received Inordinate Amounts of Opioids
Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Bluefield, W.Va.), July 23, 2019

Internal Drug Company Emails Show Indifference to Opioid Epidemic
The Washington Post, July 19, 2019

Week Ahead: House Oversight Panel to Probe Growth of Copycat Fentanyl
Modern Healthcare, July 13, 2019

Ohio Hospital Fires 23 in Case of Excessive Doses, Deaths
Modern Healthcare, July 11, 2019

Commentary: Data Segmentation, Hidden Medical Records are Driving Inequity in Addiction Treatment
Modern Healthcare, July 11, 2019

Opioid Use in Children During Perioperative Period: Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Guidelines
Specialty Medical Dialogues, July 10, 2019

CMS Policy Change Improved Addiction Treatment Access
Modern Healthcare, July 9, 2019

They're Cutting Opioid Prescriptions by Stopping Pain Before It Starts
MedicalXpress, July 4, 2019

Charleston VA Hospital Reducing Opioid Use for Chronic Pain Treatment
ABC 4 News, July 2, 2019

The Roles of the Anesthesiologist, Pharmacist, and Nurse in Detecting and Preventing Opioid Diversion and Misuse
Anesthesiology News, July 1, 2019

In Wake of Tomah Opioid Scandal, VA System has Undergone Culture Change, Secretary Says, Journal Sentinal, July 1, 2019

Primed for Recovery: Optimizing Patients' Nutrition Before Surgery Prepares Their Bodies for the Physical Rigors of Surgery
Outpatient Surgery, July 2019

Cedars-Sinai Expert: Try Non-Opioid Solutions to Pain Management
Cedars-Sinai, June 17, 2019

Commentary: Using Health IT to Combat the Opioid Crisis
Modern Healthcare, June 13, 2019

Opioid Alternative May Be Found in Lethal Pufferfish Toxin
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, June 12, 2019

Hospitals Look to Cut Opioids from Surgery and Beyond
Modern Healthcare, June 8, 2019

State Health Official Accused of Overprescribing Opioids
Modern Healthcare, June 2, 2019

Spotlight on Oklahoma for Start of Trial for Opioid Makers
Modern Healthcare, May 28, 2019

Florida Law Lowers Opioid Use for Acute Post-op Pain
Anesthesiology News, May 28, 2019

American Pain Society Seeks OK to Call It Quits
MedPage Today, May 24, 2019

Heroin and Fentanyl Fueling Veteran Overdoses, Not Rx Opioids
Pain News Network, May 23, 2019

Fewer Opioids Won't Cure Addition, Won't Help Pain Sufferers: Local Pain Specialist
Medicine Hat News, May 18, 2019

Ketamine Reduces Opioid Need in Severely Injured Patients
Anesthesiology News, May 17, 2019

Healthcare Providers May be Misapplying Opioid Guidelines, CDC Says
Consumer Affairs, May 14, 2019

Post-Cesarean Multimodal Analgesic Pathway Significantly Cuts Opioid Use
Pain Medicine News, May 13, 2019

National Opioid Group Addresses Challenge of Addiction and Pain Management
Scope (Stanford Medicine), May 9, 2019

Opioid Alternative Education Bill Ready for Governor
CBS 12 (West Palm Beach, Fla.), April 30, 2019

West Virginia Hospitals Sue Opioid Companies; Want Damages
Modern Healthcare, April 30, 2019

Cardiac Surgery Patients with Persistent Opioid Use Incur More Complications, Longer Hospitalization
Anesthesiology News, April 29, 2019

Cigna Partners with VA to Tackle Opioid Misuse Among Veterans
Modern Healthcare, April 29, 2019

Age a Predictor of Filling Opiate Prescriptions Post-URS
Urology Times, March 29, 2019

Non-opioid Drug Ketamine Now Stocked on All AMR Ambulances in New Hampshire
WMUR (Portsmouth, N.H.), March 29, 2019

FDA Will Require Drug Makers to Research Long-Term Opioid Use
60 Minutes Overtime, March 5, 2019

Opioid Addiction and Lax Practices Stall Progress on Reducing Staph Infections
Modern Healthcare, March 5, 2019

How Would Physicians Spend One Billion Dollars to Combat Opioid Crisis?
Phoenix PharmaLabs, March 5, 2019

RWJF Nurse Leader Contributes to Fighting Opioid Epidemic
AARP - Campaign for Action, March 4, 2019

Former Sales Exec Says Opioid Maker Insys Bribed Doctors to Prescribe Drugs
NBC News, March 1, 2019

Effect of Cultural Background and Healthcare Environment on Postoperative Opioid Requirement
Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, March 2019

Misinformation from Drug Companies Fueled Opioid Problem
The Newnan Times-Herald (Newnan, Ga.), February 26, 2019

Recro Pharma Announces New IV Meloxicam Data Publication in the Journal Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, ChesCo (Chester County, Pa.), February 24, 2019

Summa Health's Chief Anesthesiologist Wants to Eliminate Opiates from Surgeries
Becker's Hospital Review, February 20, 2019

Parents Should Ask Questions About Opioids for Kids, Teens
The Fix, February 6, 2019

Intranasal Low-Dose Dexmedetomidine Reduces Postoperative Opioid Requirement in Patients Undergoing Hip Arthroplasty Under General Anesthesia
MD Linx, February 6, 2019

Pediatric Doctor Creates Device to Measure Pain in Patients
KIVI (Boise, Idaho), February 5, 2019

Bills Filed to Create DNR-Like Form for Opioid Treatment
WJCT (Jacksonville, Fla.), February 4, 2019

Chronic Pain Patients: The Baby With the Bathwater?
New Hampshire Union Leader, January 26, 2019

Association of Opioid Prescribing with Opioid Consumption After Surgery in Michigan
MD Linx, January 18, 2019

Physician Vanila Singh Heads Up Report on Pain Management and Opioid Crisis Released by Health and Human Services
India West, January 17, 2019

Florida ASC Anesthesiologist Says 'NOPE!' to Opioids
Becker's ASC Review, January 17, 2019

Mayor Gorton, Baptist Health Hope Film Screening Spurs Conversation on Opioid Epidemic
WKYT (Lexington, Ky.), January 16, 2019

Cincinnati VA Medical Center Helps Veterans with Opioid Addictions Retake Their Lives
WCPO (Cincinnati, Ohio), January 14, 2019

Experimental App Might Spot Drug Overdoses in Time to Help
WCJB (Gainesville, Fla.), January 9, 2019

Yale Study: Opioids Raise Pneumonia Risk, Especially in HIV Patients
New Haven Register (New Haven, Conn.), January 7, 2019

New Procedure to Help Reduce Pain Without Opioids
The Daily Evergreen (Washington State University), January 7, 2019

How Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center Slashed Opioid Use—Five Insights
Becker's ASC Review, January 7, 2019

Conn. Panel Recommends No New Courts for Opioid Addicts
Modern Healthcare, January 2, 2019