Data Trends: Opioid Prescribing, Overdose Deaths, and More

A 2017 CDC Surveillance Report on Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes highlights some progress but much work yet to be done in curbing the opioid epidemic. According to the report, there has been a leveling off and declines in opioid prescribing rates since 2012 and high-dose prescribing rates since 2009. [...]

2018-07-17T21:59:18+00:00 July 12th, 2018|

Opioid Prescription Limits:  Pharmacies, States, and Medicare

A growing list of entities—including private, state, and federal—are introducing prescription limit approaches as one tactic to combat the opioid epidemic. According to a press release on May 7, 2018, Walmart (and its membership-only warehouse Sam’s Club) pharmacies  will soon “restrict initial acute opioid prescriptions to no more than [...]

2018-05-23T21:03:26+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|

Surge in Opioid Overdose Emergency Department Visits

A recent CDC report examining emergency department data from July-September 2016 vs July-September 2017 shows a 30% increase in opioid overdose visits in the U.S. Such data can identify trends much sooner than waiting for data from death certificates. A closer analysis of 16 states that received funding to [...]

2018-03-29T19:35:10+00:00 March 29th, 2018|

States Go Their Own Way With Opioid Laws

Federally, there are opioid policy declarations, funding allocations, commissions, and task forces. But states have purview over critical pieces of opioid policy impacting clinicians’ daily practice too. CO*RE maintains a State Information Hub providing speakers and learners attending live CO*RE activities with current individual state information on the following [...]

2018-02-22T20:22:46+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

Three Justice Department Actions to Address the Opioid Crisis

On November 29, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced three new initiatives from the Department of Justice to address the opioid crisis.First is the news of $12.2 million in federal grant funding for state and local law enforcement partners to combat illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids. [...]

2018-01-22T16:30:40+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

24% of Medication-Related Malpractice Claims Involve Opioids

A Dose of Insight, is the data-driven review of the state of medication-related errors and liability in American healthcare (by Robert Hansom, Maryann Small, and Ann Lambrecht, published by Coverys). This white paper provides insight into the root causes of medication-related claims based on an analysis of over 100,000 closed medical liability claims over a five year period...

2018-01-22T16:30:13+00:00 December 8th, 2017|