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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Additional AHA News and Resources

HHS issues national pain strategy, AHA News Now (March 18, 2016)

CDC issues final opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain, AHA News Now (March 15, 2016)

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, Guideline Resources, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention  (March 2016)

Senate approves bipartisan bill to address opioid epidemic, AHA News Now (March 10, 2016)

12 Steps Providers Can Take to Fight the Opioid Epidemic, Hospitals & Health Networks (March 2, 2016)

Senate holds hearing on opioid abuse epidemic, AHA News Now (February 23, 2016)

Senators urge FDA to implement risk management strategies for all prescription opioids AHA News Now (February 23, 2016)

Governors devise bipartisan effort to reduce opioid abuse, The New York Times (February 21, 2016)

Improvements to prescription drug monitoring programs can help stop overdose deaths,  Prescription Drug Abuse Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts (February 11, 2016)

The opioid overuse epidemic: what providers can do,  (February 2, 2016)

President to propose nearly $1.1 billion to fight opioid abuse, AHA News Now (February 2, 2016)

Prepublication Standards – Standards Revisions Related to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Guidelines for the Accreditation of Opioid Treatment Centers,  The Joint Commission  (January 28, 2016, effective July 1, 2016)

Opioid use and overdose: what we’ve learned in Ontario, Healthcare Quarterly  (January 2016)

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, SAMHSA (January 2016)

Relationship between Nonmedical Prescription-Opioid Use and Heroin UseNew England Journal of Medicine (January 2016)

AAMI Foundation Report Makes Case for Continuous Monitoring of Patients Receiving Opioids, AAMI (December 18, 2015)

Opioid Education Resources for Prescribers,  Wisconsin Hospital Association

Opioid Abuse in the U.S. and HHS Actions to Address Opioid-Drug Related Overdoses and Deaths, ASPE Issue Brief  (March 2015)

AHA comment letters and advocacy resources on opioid prescribing for chronic pain

Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


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