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The Obama administration issued a memorandum on Oct., 21, 2015, to federal departments and agencies directing two important steps to combat the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic:
The White House will host a Champions of Change event this spring to highlight individuals in communities across the country who are leading the fight to respond to prescription drug abuse and heroin use.
In 2010, the president released his first National Drug Control Strategy, emphasizing the need for action to address opioid use disorders and overdose, while ensuring that individuals with pain receive safe, effective treatment. The next year, the White House released its national Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan to outline its goals for addressing prescription drug abuse and overdose. This year the administration, through the CDC, launched the Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States Program.
The program provided $20 million to states to support strategies to improve prescribing practices and prevent opioid overdose deaths. Through a competitive application process, CDC selected 16 states to receive funds through the program: Arizona, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Over the next four years, CDC plans to give states annual awards between $750,000 and $1 million each year, subject to the availability of funds, to advance prevention, including in these areas:
States can also use the funding to better understand and respond to the increase in heroin overdose deaths and investigate the connection between prescription opioid abuse and heroin use.
The president's budget for 2016 includes a request from HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell for the resources needed to expand CDC’s state efforts to all 50 states and launch a national program that will focus on prevention and prescription drug overdose surveillance.
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Conyers Lauds House Passage of Bill to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic & Save Lives
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AHEAD OF REPUBLICANS’ POLITICALLY DIVISIVE JUDICIARY HEARING TO CONNECT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC TO ANTI-IMMIGRANT POLICIES & RHETORIC, JUDICIARY DEMOCRATS CALL FOR REAL HEARINGS TO ADDRESS OPIOID CRISIS
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LETTER: NADLER/RASKIN/JUD DEMS TO GOODLATTE RE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA
LETTER: NADLER/RASKIN/JUD DEMS TO GOODLATTE RE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA
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Statement of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. for the Hearing on “Treating the Opioid Epidemic: The State of Competition in the Markets for Addiction Medicine” Before the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law
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Statement of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. in Support of H.R. 5046, the “Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016”
the “Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016.” H.R. 5046 is an important complement to ... of a major public health crisis caused by prescription and opioid abuse. It is a crisis that affects Americans of all ages, races, and ...
NADLER’S STATEMENT FOR THE HEARING ON THE “CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS IN THE OPIOID ABUSE CRISIS”
“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I welcome today’s ... to explore ways we can best address the crisis of opioid abuse in our country. I believe it is critical that we do so, in order ...
HOUSE COMMITTEE LEADERS ANNOUNCE SUPPORT FOR OPIOID PACKAGE
“We support this bipartisan package as a first step in fighting the opioid epidemic. This final deal includes key priorities that our members ...
The Effect of Sanctuary City Policies on the Ability to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
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Challenges and Solutions in the Opioid Abuse Crisis
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Treating the Opioid Epidemic: The State of Competition in the Markets for Addiction Medicine
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Ahead Of Public Meeting Wednesday, Democratic CARA Conferees Call For Addition Of Real Funding To Combat Opioid & Heroin Addiction
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Statement of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. for the Conference Committee on S. 524, the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act”
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Chairman Nadler Statement for the Markup of H.R. 2374, the Stop STALLING Act
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Here's a list of Facts, Statistics, Studies, and Links explaining the TIMELINE of Events Leading up to Today's ILLICIT FENTANYL Abuse & Overdose Crisis.
The management of chronic pain is challenging for both patients and clinicians. However, it can be done successfully. Consumers benefit most when their health providers collaborate with other professionals ( e.g., psychologists, addiction counselors, pharmacists) and when they take on a significant role in optimal management of their pain.
Consumers should discuss with their health providers treatment goals that include reducing pain, maximizing function, and improving quality of life. The best outcomes can be achieved when chronic pain management addresses co-occurring behavioral health disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety) and when it incorporates suitable nonpharmacologic and complementary therapies for symptom management.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society that works to elevate the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve patient care. Since 1905, ASA has played an important role in American medicine acting as an advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain. ASA’s website provides information on treating chronic pain and the potential challenges of treating this condition, opioid treatment for pain management and non-opioid options for treatment.
The CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, provides resources on how to communicate with patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy. Download the checklist for prescribing opioids and browse additional clinical tools to help implement the recommendations.
HHS’ newly released National Pain Strategy, details steps the Federal government is taking to improve provider education on pain management practices and overcome barriers to improve the quality of pain care.
The PainEDU website provides numerous resources and information on managing chronic pain. Resources include a pocket guide to pain management, a client workbook and information on cross-cultural pain management.
The Mayo Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center Program is an intensive 3-week outpatient program focused on providing multidisciplinary rehabilitative therapy to patients with chronic pain with the goal of improving quality of life and facilitating a return to regular daily activities.
Cognitive Therapy for Pain by Beverly E. Thorn is a paper that specifically targets the cognitive psychological processes (pain-related thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs) shown to be important predictors of satisfactory adjustment to chronic painful conditions.
The ECHO project done through the University of New Mexico is a telehealth project that allows providers from all over the country to get assistance for difficult pain management cases through virtual consultation with a pain management team at the UNM. This great resource for those practicing in rural areas without pain specialists for referral.
TIP 54: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders equips clinicians with practical guidance and tools for treating chronic pain in adults with substance use disorders. This TIP includes information and resources on patient assessment, talking with patients about medication supply, addiction behaviors, opiod misuse measures, and pain treatment agreements.
Group Health established a major initiative to prevent Opiod abuse and overdose and make opioid prescribing safer while improving care for patients with chronic pain.
The Center for Practical Bioethics-Pain Action Initiative: A National Strategy (PAINS) shares podcasts, reports, and information from various national efforts to improve the treatment of individuals with chronic pain
Tips for Using the ADA - National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act can provide legal rights to improved community participation for people with fibromyalgia and chronic pain. How can reasonable accommodation work for you?
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How Can I Get Reasonable Accommodations For Chronic Pain? - Pain Doctor
Working with chronic pain can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be impossible. You are entitled to certain reasonable accommodations under the ADA.
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U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.
Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the DHHS includes information about programs to combat waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program.
OIG's Reading Room posts advisory opinions under the Medicare/Medicaid Anti-Kickback Law and lists of persons excluded from the Medicare/Medicaid Programs.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) enforces the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Administrative Law Judges conducts formal hearings in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act in connection with enforcement and regulatory cases brought by the DEA under the Controlled Substances Act and its attendant regulations.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
Role in Procurement of CDC GUIDELINES
The National Safety Council formally dedicated its resources to fighting prescription drug overdose in 2012, although an NSC study five years earlier laid the groundwork for this important initiative. The study revealed prescription drug overdose was the fastest-rising cause of unintentional death in the U.S.
Since then, NSC has positioned itself as the resource for employers, families and prescribers on the opioid crisis. NSC has taken key steps towards eradicating this epidemic.
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Recent changes to our health care system have been at the forefront of the American news cycle for several years. But certain aspects have not received adequate attention. One example is the scrutiny federal and state authorities place on medical practitioners who over-prescribe pain medication controlled substances. As part of its efforts to combat the over prescription (diversion) of pain medication, the Department of Justice organized “Operation Footprint,” a nationwide law enforcement initiative led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the IRS-Criminal Investigation, the DEA, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. In a recent press release following one of the largest medical fraud sweeps in history, the Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated that “Physicians who overprescribe narcotics not only waste valuable taxpayer dollars and defraud Medicare and Medicaid, they also threaten the health and safety of their patients.” And in 2014, while serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Attorney General Loretta Lynch highlighted the Department of Justice’s focus on these cases: “We are committed to vigorous prosecution of doctors who abdicate their Hippocratic Oath, participate in the illegal distribution of prescription drugs and contribute to the rise of drug abuse and addiction in our communities.”
Despite these pronouncements, some health care practitioners, especially those who do not regularly practice pain management, are likely unaware of the criminal liability that can stem from the prescriptions they issue. Ignorance of the law, however, is not a defense. Thus, it is crucial for attorneys who represent health care professionals to ensure that their clients properly understand their responsibilities with respect to prescribing pain killing controlled substances.
As legislators grapple with the opioid epidemic, hospitals are also rethinking their prescription practices. We polled over 200 acute care pharmacy leaders to understand how they are making formulary decisions, and what's the impact on reducing opioid prescriptions and related complications.
Read the research brief to learn more about our analysis of more than 400 organizations to investigate the impact of multi-modal pain regimens, and how your organization may be able to save over $1 million by reducing opioid use during surgery.
- September 16, 2016
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is planning to launch a new initiative to combat the U.S. opioid epidemic, Kevin Johnson writes for USA Today.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch (D) outlined the plan, which has yet to be released, in an interview with USA Today. A memo detailing the plan is expected to be sent to all 94 U.S. attorney offices next week.
DOJ's new strategy will focus on identifying links between physician overprescribing and distribution networks across the United States.
Specifically, Lynch said prosecutors will be encouraged to share information across state lines about physicians' inappropriate prescribing practices, which could help to identify traffickers and trafficking routes more quickly. Lynch said prosecutors also will be urged to coordinate their enforcement efforts with public health officials in their districts.
"I'm not calling anybody out, because I think the people who look at this problem realize quickly how devastating it has been to families, to communities, to public health dollars, to law enforcement resources,'' Lynch said. "There is no one magic bullet for this.''
Michael Botticelli, director of National Drug Control Policy, on Thursday said the Obama administration also will call on Congress to approve funding for recent legislation that aims to curb opioid misuse. In addition, the effort will call on congressional lawmakers to approve $1.1 billion in grants to pay for treatment requested by the White House, which will host events next week to raise awareness about the issue.
"The biggest area where we have fallen short is filling the gap between people who need treatment and those able to get it,'' Botticelli said, adding, "We need more treatment capacity. ... This requires a response commensurate with the size of the epidemic."
Lynch said, "We've been looking at this for a long time with an awareness that you can't just have an enforcement strategy alone" (Johnson, USA Today, 9/16).