Opioids

Learn About Effective Medications For Treating Opioid Addiction - 04/30/2019

If you are interested in learning about effective medications for fighting opioid-use disorder, be sure to attend the upcoming Texas Grand Rounds online webinar this week. The webinar, presented by the Opioid Response Network, will discuss the effectiveness of Naltrexone and Buprenorphine-Naloxone in treating patients with opioid-use disorder.


An Easy Way To Curb Substance Abuse - 04/26/2019

Are you looking for more ways to help stop substance abuse in your community? You can start by encouraging your patients to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.


Federal Bill Would Limit Opioid Scrips for Acute Pain - 04/22/2019

The proposed three-day limit on opioid prescriptions for acute pain would be one of the more impactful provisions for pain doctors and their patients. Exceptions would include prescriptions for chronic pain, cancer care, hospice or end-of-life care, and pain treatment that’s part of palliative care.


Google Your Way To Disposing Of Unused Drugs? - 03/21/2019

If you’re looking for a way to help your patients put a dent in the nation’s opioid epidemic, look no further than Google Maps.  Google Maps recently added a search feature that will make it easier for your patients to dispose of unwanted and unused medications.  


Keep Your Patients and Practice Safe from Opioid Prescription Fraud - 03/19/2019

If you prescribe opioids, it’s important to protect your practice and your patients from fraud and substance-use disorder. One way to ensure that patients accurately follow your prescription is to have them sign an informed consent and opioid treatment agreement.


Prevention of Opioid Abuse Through Education - 03/13/2019

HB 405 was written to require collaborative efforts and involve many stakeholders who are involved in the health and well-being of mothers and infants across our state. This is the best way to ensure that as many women as possible hear about NAS and its harmful outcomes. Creating more awareness of what causes NAS and potential impacts of the condition will only help our state become a better place for all mothers and babies. HB 405 would help bring needed attention and resources to help educate our state on NAS.


New Prescription Forms Taking More Than Eight Weeks To Deliver, State Says - 03/11/2019

Update March 11: New official prescription forms for certain controlled substances could take longer than two months to receive, state health officials say.  


Opioid Overreach? State, Retail Pharmacy Policies Prompt Scope-of-Practice Concerns - 12/07/2018

Worries over what’s been termed a national opioid epidemic is leading to new state and corporate pharmacy policies that could blur the line between the practice of pharmacy and the practice of medicine.


Physicians Warn of Overreach in New Pharmacy Prescription Rules - 12/05/2018

Physicians are questioning whether some Texas pharmacists are overstepping bounds by using a new rule to second-guess whether a doctor’s prescription is appropriate.


Effects of Opioids and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on Chronic Low Back Pain and Related Measures: Results from the PRECISION Pain Research Registry - 11/29/2018

Measuring treatments used by 202 patients with chronic low back pain in the PRECISION Pain Research Registry, this study determined the associations of opioid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) therapy with clinical status. More than one-fourth of patients did not use nonpharmacologic treatments for low back pain. Patients age 50-59 and 60-79 years old were more likely to use opioids than younger patients. Patients using opioids reported greater pain and back-related disability than did patients using NSAIDs. Patients concurrently using opioids and NSAIDs reported greater back-related disability and poorer quality of life than did patients using no or other pharmacologic therapy. No significant associations between pharmacologic therapy and clinical status remained after controlling for potential confounders. Neither opioids nor opioids combined with NSAIDs were more effective than just NSAIDs. Greater use of nonpharmacologic therapies and better second-line, nonopioid ph...


New Prescription Form Requirements Delayed - 11/26/2018

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy has pushed back the date for when new prescription forms for certain controlled substances will be required.


Help Prevent Opioid Abuse With Drug Take Back Day - 10/22/2018

Twice each year, the DEA puts on Drug Take Back Day to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous way for people to dispose of their unused prescription drugs. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 at locations throughout the state. TMA supports such community programs as part of its policy on addressing prescription drug abuse and overdose.


Texas Gets $46 Million to Fight Opioid Abuse - 10/12/2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded the Texas Health and Human Services Commission $46.2 million to expand treatment options and to increase access to medication-assisted treatment.


Why Marijuana Will Not Fix the Opioid Epidemic - 09/19/2018

There is sufficient and expanding evidence demonstrating that medical marijuana use will not curb the opioid epidemic. There is further evidence that marijuana is a companion drug rather than substitution drug and that marijuana use may be contributing to the opioid epidemic rather than improving it.


Survey Asks, Are You A-OK With Using Texas PMP? - 06/29/2018

The Center for Health Communication has created a survey that asks prescribers and pharmacists for their feedback on the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program.


Report Shows Physician Progress in Opioid Crisis - 06/08/2018

A report released late last month highlights physicians’ leadership in the continued efforts to curb the nationwide opioid-abuse epidemic.


Following National Trend, Texas’ Opioid Prescriptions Drop - 05/04/2018

In a sign that efforts to curb prescription-drug abuse are taking hold, the number of opioid prescriptions written in Texas and nationwide has fallen significantly since 2013, a study released last month shows.


U.S. Opioid Abuse: Teaching Is Fundamental - 05/03/2018

Abuse of prescription pain medications has become a national epidemic behind the top three most commonly abused substances ― alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana ― according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Earn CME on Opioid-Use Medications - 04/24/2018

The Department of State Health and Human Services’ next Grand Rounds presentation will using medications to treat opioid misuse.


Opioids: Resources for Prescribing and Addiction Treatment - 03/26/2018

A new, free mobile app provides immediate access to information about medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Online resources for prescribing opioids appropriately also are available.