A study led by Boston Medical Center (BMC) indicates that most patients with chronic pain who are hospitalized after a nonfatal opioid overdose continue to receive prescription opioids after the overdose and are at high risk for experiencing a repeated overdose. More information about the study is available here.
Recently, the National Heroin Task Force released their Final Report and Recommendations. As directed by Congress, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) convened the National Heroin Task Force in March 2015 to develop strategies to confront the heroin problem and curtail the escalating overdose epidemic and death rates. The full report is available here.
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Dr. Josiah Rich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown University, comments on a feature about prison systems withholding methadone treatment from inmates. "People working in the criminal justice system sometimes encounter individuals on methadone or buprenorphine who have been reincarcerated, and some may see this as a failure of the medication rather than viewing relapse as a symptom of a chronic disease," Rich said. "They may not see the many individuals who are stable on these medications and leading productive lives outside of prison."
1. Rhode Island panel wants public input on overdose crisis WPRI TV Chn 12 AP (9/26/2015)
2. Rhode Island task force seeking public comment on how to fight drug overdoses and addiction The Republic (9/25/2015)
3. State overdose task force needs public input Cranston Patch (9/27/2015)
4. RI state task force discusses ways to battle opioid abuse NBC 10 News (9/28/2015)
5. Overdose panel explores medications for addiction treatment RI NPR (9/28/2015)