Tag Archives: opioid epidemic

The Case For Confronting Long-Term Opioid Use As A Hospital-Acquired Condition

In April, representatives from leading health systems brainstormed ways to change the pervasive and damaging culture of reflexive prescribing for pain management and the roadblocks that would make them difficult to implement.

September 8, 2017

Did Medicaid Expansion Cause The Opioid Epidemic? There’s Little Evidence That It Did.

While public policy may have played a role in our current prescription abuse crisis, there is little evidence to support the idea that Medicaid caused or worsened the epidemic.

August 23, 2017

The Opioid Commission: Ringing The Right Alarm To Respond To The Overdose Epidemic

The Opioid Commission’s interim report emphasizes increasing access to evidence-based care for each of the 2.4 million Americans estimated to be affected with opioid use disorder.

August 21, 2017

Stopping Epidemics At The Source: Applying Lessons From Cholera To The Opioid Crisis

The principle “that the most important information to have about any communicable disease is its mode of communication" is critical to getting to the root of today's opioid crisis.

August 4, 2017

Deploying The Cascade Of Care Framework To Address The Opioid Epidemic Means Taking A Closer Look At Quality Measures

The Cascade of Care is a useful framework to address the opioid epidemic, however to make this vision a reality, we need to develop the framework’s quality measures.

June 21, 2017

Mandating Coverage Of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Would Be A Costly Distraction From More Effective Solutions

It is tempting to see abuse-deterrent opioids as a powerful and singular solution that might go a long way toward addressing our nation’s opioid crisis. But, it is not so simple.

May 26, 2017

Discrimination Against Patients With Substance Use Disorders Remains Prevalent And Harmful: The Case For 42 CFR Part 2

42 CFR Part 2 provides bedrock protections for people with substance use disorders. As our country faces an unprecedented epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose, we must ensure that fear of discrimination does not deter people from seeking treatment.

April 13, 2017

Medicaid Responds To The Opioid Epidemic: Regulating Prescribing And Finding Ways To Expand Treatment Access

Nearly 12 percent of adults covered by Medicaid have a substance use disorder. It is important to recognize that Medicaid programs remain on the front lines -- and to consider how to most effectively support individual state responses.

April 11, 2017

Scott Gottlieb’s FDA Commissioner Confirmation Hearing: Remarkably Unremarkable

In a presidential administration whose confirmation hearings have sparked more than a few contentious moments, FDA Commissioner-designate Scott Gottlieb’s confirmation hearing was remarkable for how unremarkable it was. But to say the hearing was uneventful is not to say that it was uninteresting.

April 7, 2017

To Battle The Opioid Overdose Epidemic, Deploy The ‘Cascade of Care’ Model

Revisiting how the public health community established the systems needed to US AIDS mortality rate in half can serve as a useful guide for states and policymakers to set up the most effective response to the current crisis.

March 13, 2017