Field Notes 2017-09-18T16:51:50+00:00

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.

7 122018

Data Trends: Opioid Prescribing, Overdose Deaths, and More

July 12th, 2018|

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. [...]

5 232018

Opioid Prescription Limits:  Pharmacies, States, and Medicare

May 23rd, 2018|

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 [...]

3 292018

Surge in Opioid Overdose Emergency Department Visits

March 29th, 2018|

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 [...]

2 222018

States Go Their Own Way With Opioid Laws

February 22nd, 2018|

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 [...]

12 152017

Three Justice Department Actions to Address the Opioid Crisis

December 15th, 2017|

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. [...]

12 82017

24% of Medication-Related Malpractice Claims Involve Opioids

December 8th, 2017|

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...

11 282017

The Opioid Epidemic: Infancy Through Adolescence

November 28th, 2017|

The opioid crisis has touched all corners of our country, but the impact on our children is perhaps the most heartbreaking. Women using opioids during their pregnancy pass the drugs through the placenta and across the fetal blood-brain barrier. When birth abruptly shuts down the flow of the drug, the [...]