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Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It’s Time To Change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