FIELD NOTES

The opioid epidemic and deaths from drug overdoses permeate daily news reports—and our daily lives, affecting patients, colleagues, acquaintances, or loved ones. In keeping with CO*RE’s educational mission, this page highlights current topics, compelling stories, and CO*RE outcomes to broaden awareness.

1010, 2017

Prescriber to Prescriber

October 10th, 2017|

"Once we were told we weren’t addressing our patients’ pain well enough, now we’re told we’re prescribing too much…" - Dr. David Bazzo (Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UC, San Diego School of Medicine) shares his story on safe prescribing. Learn about safe opioid prescribing in a CO*RE course, [...]

510, 2017

The Intersection of Hurricanes and the Opioid Epidemic

October 5th, 2017|

How do the recent hurricanes and aftermath in U.S. states and territories affect the opioid epidemic? Here are a few ways these topics intersect. Hurricane damage to Puerto Rico in particular may impact the pharmaceutical industry, as the territory houses nearly 50 pharmaceutical plants, and pharmaceuticals represented 72% of [...]

1409, 2017

Fentanyl Deaths Alarmingly High

September 14th, 2017|

New, sobering CDC data summarized in a September 2, 2017 New York Times article demonstrate an exponential increase in fentanyl and fentanyl analogue deaths, reaching 20,100 in 2016 (see graph). The Times reports that these provisional data represent a 540% increase over three years and are greater than previously estimated. [...]