Field Notes2019-11-23T19:52:17+00:00


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 a series of current topics from 2018.

10 302018

Get Ready! New FDA REMS and SUPPORT Act Address Opioid Crisis

October 30th, 2018|

Two powerful tools to help us all combat the growing Opioid Crisis:  the FDA’s new Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) and Congress’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. FDA REMS In September, the FDA approved a new Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) that [...]

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. [...]

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