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Opioid Misuse is a National Concern: axialHealthcare Visits DC

Chairman and CEO, John Donahue, represented axialHealthcare on the The Hill in Washington, DC this week at the New Frontier for Mental Health and Addiction. The event, hosted by Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), focused on eliminating the existing disparity in care for those suffering from mental health disorders and offered guidance for making safe and …

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Prescription Drug Disposal: The How and Why

Prescription drug misuse is a significant problem among Americans, particularly teenagers. Two thirds of teenagers who misuse prescription medications first obtain them from medicine cabinets. Americans fill an average of 4.3 billion prescriptions per year, but over 40% of these prescription medications are never used. This means unused medications are either stored indefinitely in medicine cabinets where …

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Opioid Use in Children

While children don’t experience episodes of pain at rates equal to that of adults, 10% of children 5-15 years old and up to 28% of adolescents ages 15-19 years old experience migraines. Tonsillectomies, wisdom teeth extractions and sports-related injuries are other common causes of childhood pain. However, research focused on the epidemiology, etiology, and treatment …

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Surge in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

On Friday, June 2, 2016, Prince died of a self-administered opioid overdose.[1] The culprit was none other than fentanyl, a drug rising in popularity with the country’s addict population. While discovery of the cause of Prince’s death answered one question, it raised another: where did he get fentanyl? Prince had a prior prescription for Percocet …

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Study: Opioid Dependence Leads to 3000% Rise in Medical Services

In one of the largest data studies ever conducted, Fair Health looked at claims data for 150 million privately insured patients to measure the difference in medical service utilization for the opioid addicted population vs the non-addicted group. The results were staggering- click here to read CNN’s report on the study. Looking only at data …

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A Systematic Review: The Use of Psychosocial Interventions in Conjunction With Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

In February, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) published its meta-analysis review of all existing literature related to the effectiveness of behavioral interventions when combined with medication-assisted therapy (MAT) in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. This research was completed as part of the long process of rolling out updated ASAM guidelines related to use …

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Opioid Overprescribing Not Limited to a Few Bad Apples

Published in December 2015, this study from Stanford School of Medicine’s Anna Lembke, MD and Jonathan Chen, MD challenges the theory that ‘pill mills’ are solely responsible for the opioid epidemic our country finds itself in right now. The study examined 2013 Medicare prescription drug claims based on a data set from the Centers for Medicare …

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Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It’s Time To Change

On Wednesday in West Virginia, President Obama gave one of his only speeches thus far in which he addressed the growing opioid epidemic in the U.S. The message he delivered was that providers across the country must begin expanding patient access to medication-assisted therapies (MAT) like buprenorphine and naloxone for treating opioid addicted patients. He …

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25% of Physicians Feel ‘Very Confident’ Managing a Patient’s Opioid Therapy

Just 25% of physicians feel very confident managing a patient’s opioid therapy A recent study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine surveyed 779 physicians who are registered with the DEA to prescribe Schedule II and III narcotics. The results were staggering, especially when taken in the context of our current opioid addiction epidemic in …

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