Opioid Use and Misuse Resource Center

APhA believes it is imperative that a proper balance be maintained in delivering appropriate pain management for the millions of patients with legitimate needs for controlled substances while taking steps to minimize inappropriate use and abuse.  Pharmacists possess unique knowledge about the safe and effective use of medications and about the adverse events resulting from inappropriate use. Such knowledge enables pharmacists to play an important role in patient access to opioids, but also opioid drug abuse prevention, education, and assistance.  

Opioid News
March 29, 2019
Fentanyl-related overdose deaths have increased 1,000% over the past 5 years

In the past decade, the highly potent synthetic opioid, fentanyl, has been increasingly involved in fatal drug overdoses in the United States. Using data from the National Vital Statistics System—Mortality multiple cause-of-death files enhanced with literal text from death certificates, researchers…

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March 19, 2019
National data trends show long-term opioid prescriptions increased over time

The population-based cross-sectional analysis, published in JAMA Network Open on March 15, looked at opioid prescriptions filled among U.S. residents at community pharmacies between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2017. Researchers considered various measures across states: The annual amount of…

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January 7, 2019
AMA calls on states to remove prior authorization for opioid treatment

Following the news that Pennsylvania will remove prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid-use disorder, the president of the American Medical Association (AMA) called on payers in every state to do the same. “Payers across the nation commonly impose prior-…

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December 11, 2018
Allied Against Opioid Abuse releases toolkit for pharmacists

Pharmacists across the country are turning to resources from the Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) to help their patients understand the risks and responsibilities of prescription opioids.  AAOA launched in February 2018 as a national coalition and campaign to raise awareness for health care…

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October 24, 2018
APhA, pharmacy groups attend opioid law signing at White House

President Trump invited lawmakers, activists, pharmacy chains, pharmacist groups, and other stakeholders to White House on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, for the signing of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.…

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October 22, 2018
Mandatory PDMP checks may not be beneficial for surgical patients

New data published in JAMA Surgery show that mandating surgeons perform a PDMP query for every postoperative opioid prescription did not decrease the proportion of patients who were given a prescription or the mean number of tablets/capsules prescribed. “PDMP use has been shown by others to…

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