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Articles/Research, Current Events & Special Reports

Last Updated: 01/04/2019

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December 28, 2018 - AMA Letter to MedChi regarding Opioids
November 5 - Newly Approved Opioid 1,000 Times Stronger than Morphine - Baltimore's WBAL TV News 
October 26 - MedChi Press Release (response) White House Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse - MedChi
October 18 -
Coverage of Nonpharmacologic Treatment for Low Back Pain Among US Public and Private Insurers - JAMA Network
October 4 - Managing Pain - Moving Beyond Opioids - NIH News In Health
September 21 - Maryland to Receive $66 Million to Fight Opioid Epidemic - Maryland Department of Health
September 6 - Maryland attorney general seeks $20 million in damages from fentanyl manufacturer accused of scheme - Baltimore Sun 
June 28 -  Summary on passed House Bill 6: Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act - House Committee Energy and Commerce (highlighted sections provided by AMA knowing they would be of interest to membership)
June 4 - Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall for Two Lots of Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection, USP, in the Carpuject™ Syringe System due to the Potential Presence of Particulate Matter - FDA
June 4 - AMA Progress Report and Template: AMA Report Shows National Process Toward Reversing Opioid Epidemic - American Medical Association
May 17 - FDA Approves the First Non-Opioid Treatment For Management of Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms in Adults - U.S. Food & Drug Administration 
May 11 - A Protocol for Addressing Acute Pain and Prescribing Opioids - Minnesota Medical
May 3 -
Baltimore Officials Urge White House to Sidestep Patents on Opioid over Antidotes - STAT
May 2 -
Questions Raised about Study of Device to Ease Opioid Withdrawal - NPR
May 1 -
If You're Worried about Prescription Opioids, You shall be Really Scared of Fentanyl - LA Times
April 25 -
Common Pain Relievers Beat Opioids for Dental Pain Relief - The New York Times
April 24 - Governor Hogan Signs Legislation to Fight Opioid Epidemic - WMAR2News
April 23 -
County to Expand Safe Stations Opioid Treatment Program - Annapolis Patch

April 19: National and State-Level Opioid Prescribing Analysis - IQVIA via AMA

April 19: Statistics: State and National Totals of Retails Filled Prescriptions: All Opioids Analgesics, 2013 - 2017 - IQVIA via AMA
April 04: USDA Prioritizes Investigation to Address Opioid Crisis in Rural America - USDA
April 04: Statistics: Opioid Related Deaths between January - September 2017 - Maryland Department of Health
April 03:
Original Research: Societal Costs of Prescription Opioid Abuse, Dependence, and Misuse in the United States - Pain Medicine
March 29 -
Opioid Overdose Deaths are Still Rising in Nearly Every Segment of the County, CDC says - Los Angeles Times
March 29 -
Fentanyl-laced Cocaine Becoming a Deadly Problem Among Drug Users - NPR
March 28 -
Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives - 2018 Update (CME/Research) - Practical guidance on how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of opioid analgesics - Medscape
March 27 -
Medicare Is Cracking Down on Opioids. Doctors Fear Pain Patients Will Suffer. - The New York Times
March 27 -
Opioid Crisis has Cost US Roughly 1M Workers, $702B: Study - The Hill
March 27 -
Funding Secured to Open Stabilization Center for Drug and Alcohol Users in Baltimore - Baltimore Sun
March 26 -
Dentist Group Puts Teeth in Push to Curb Opioid Painkillers - ABCNews
March 26:
A Review of Current and Emerging Approaches to Pain Management in the Emergency Department - Pain Ther.
March 22:
Omissions on Death Certificates Leads to Undercounting of Opioid Overdoses - NPR
March 15:
How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides - NPR
March 15:
Hospitals are Confronting a New Opioid Crisis: An Alarming Shortage of Pain Meds - STAT
March 14:
Amid Efforts to Expand Naloxone Access, a Controversial New Study Questions Its Value - STAT
March 12:
Hogan Calls for More Federal Resources to Fight Opioid Epidemic- WBAL
March 8:
The AMA and MedChi Urge Removing All Barriers to Treatment for Substance Use Disorder - MedChi
February 21: 
Controlling the Swing of the Opioid Pendulum -  The New England Journal of Medicine
February 14:
Marijuana Use Impedes Pain Control Following Trauma - Pain Management News
February 13:
The Health 202:
Trump's Budget Shows He is Serious About Opioid Crisis- The Washington Post
January 24:
The Not-an-Opioid Epidemic - Proto, Massachusetts General Hospital
January 18:
Guest Commentary: Science, Not Ideology Should Drive Health Policy - Maryland Matters
January 16:
Emergency Departments Not a Major Source of Opioid Prescriptions, New Study Shows - American College of Emergency Physicians
January 01:
Defining Optimal Length of Opioid Pain Medication Prescription After Common Surgical Procedures - JAMA Surgery

December 21:
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program House Bill 437, Chapter 147, Section 8 Contingency Determinations - Response letter by Gene Ransom, III
December 17: 'We feel like our system was hijacked': DEA Agents Say a Huge Opioid Case Ended in a Whimper - The Washington Post
December 13:
Effect of Perioperative Gabapentin on Postoperative Pain Resolution and Opioid Cessation in a Mixed Surgical Cohort - JAMA Surgical
December 13:
Physicians Took Multifaceted Approach to Opioid Epidemic in 2017 - AMA Wire
December 06:
Stopping Opioid Addiction at One Key Source: The Hospital - Kaiser Health News
December 05:  
Testimony on Addressing the Opioid Crisis in America: Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery before the Senate Subcommittee - National Institutes of Health
November 30:
FDA Approves First Once-Monthly Buprenorphine Injection, a Medication-Assisted Treatment Option for Opioid Use Disorder - FDA
November 29:
Updated Medicare Part D Opioid Drug Mapping Tool Unveiled - CMS
November 14:
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on FDA Advisory about Deadly Risks Associated with Kratom - FDA
October 01:
Unintentional Drug- and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in MD (Dated updated through 3rd Quarter, 2017 - Maryland Department of Health
September 27:
Defining Optimal Length of Opioid Pain Medication Prescription After Common Surgical Procedures - JAMA Surgery
September 17:
Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers - The New York Times
September 08:
Clinical Dividends For Primary Care Pain Telemedicine - Pain Management News
August 14:
Study: More Opioid Prescriptions Come from Lower-Ranked Med Schools - The Daily Record
August 01:
Marshaling FDA Benefit-Risk Expertise to Address the Current Opioid Abuse Epidemic - JAMA
July 21:
Diazepam Offers No Benefit Over Placebo For Acute Low Back Pain - Pain Medicine News
July 20:
Survey Elucidates Chronic Pain Patient Household Member Perceptions of Long-Term Opioid Therapy - Pain Medicine News
July 13:
Multidimensional Evidence Generation and FDA Regulatory Decision Making Defining and Using "Real World" Data - JAMA
July 07:
Hogan-Rutherford Administration Announces Over $22 Million to Fight Heroin and Opioid Epidemic - Press Release