Breaking News: X-waiver Eliminated
January 25, 2023
On January 12, 2023, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the immediate elimination of the X-waiver for...
New HHS Guidance for Increasing Number of Buprenorphine Clinicians Who Can Treat OUD
June 1, 2022
Does your state allow it? The ongoing opioid epidemic The U.S. hit a grim milestone of more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths,1 most opioid-involved, in the 12 months ending April 2021. This...
Short-acting opioids needed for withdrawal in U.S. hospitals, say experts
November 23, 2021
The short-acting drugs can complement methadone and buprenorphine to help patients get faster relief and help patients stay in the hospital to help with long-term management, say the authors of a new commentary.
U.S. overdose deaths hit an all-time high
November 18, 2021
Fentanyl and methamphetamine are contributing to rising numbers of fatalities, federal officials say.
Opioid prescribing mapped: Alabama highest, New York lowest
October 4, 2021
The Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rate dropped in all 50 states from 2014 to 2019, but disparities remain.
Growing proportion of cardiac arrests in U.S. considered opioid related
September 10, 2021
Due to a steep rise, opioid-associated cardiac arrests have become a major public health issue.
EDs saw more benzodiazepine overdoses, but fewer patients overall, in 2020
August 31, 2021
Fentanyl became increasingly involved in benzodiazepine overdose deaths through the first half of the year.
Opioid prescribing laws having an impact
August 11, 2021
The number of days an opioid was prescribed for each Medicare beneficiary decreased by 11.6 days in 2018 in states that imposed duration limits.
Record number of U.S. drug overdoses in 2020
July 14, 2021
The spikes are largely attributed to the rise in the use of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.
HHS will drop buprenorphine waiver rule for most physicians
January 19, 2021
There were more than 83,000 deaths attributed to drug overdoses in the United States in the 12 months ending in June 2020.