Cache Valley Daily: USU Extension and USU Libraries launch digital library focused on opioid crisis

Cache Valley Daily: USU Extension and USU Libraries launch digital library focused on opioid crisis. “The Utah State University Extension Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, & Teaching (HEART) Initiative, in partnership with USU Libraries, recently launched a digital library collection featuring stories from people affected by the opioid crisis.”

Columbus Dispatch: New web tool allows Ohioans to track ER visits with overdoses

Columbus Dispatch: New web tool allows Ohioans to track ER visits with overdoses. “The new ED dashboard from the Ohio Department of Health will provide data from hospital emergency departments around Ohio. The dashboard will include information about emergency department patients but won’t identify individuals.”

Pharmacy Times: New Website Tackles Health Care Diversion

Pharmacy Times: New Website Tackles Health Care Diversion. “[The site] aims to obtain the most accurate database of drug diversion incidents in the United States and relies in part on the reporting of those who work inside health care facilities. Great care is taken to verify the reports and not duplicate them. One resource is the list server of IHFDA, which routinely reports known drug diversion events inside hospitals and long-term care facilities. The website also contains facts on health care facility incidents that have been reported across the country, including a US map that pinpoints reported diversion issues.” My first question was “What the heck is health care diversion,” which led me to “drug diversion,” which, according to the CMS, is “the deflection of prescription drugs from medical sources into the illegal market.”

MSN News: Federal database of addiction treatment providers outdated, study finds

MSN News: Federal database of addiction treatment providers outdated, study finds. “There’s a rallying cry heard often in the battle against opioid addiction: People with opioid use disorder need immediate access to treatment, particularly the medications that stop cravings and prevent overdoses. But a study published this week in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found that one avenue to addiction treatment — a federal database of clinicians who prescribe buprenorphine, a key antiaddiction medication — is rife with inaccuracies and unlikely to connect patients with care.”

EurekAlert: Computer game may help to predict reuse of opioids

EurekAlert: Computer game may help to predict reuse of opioids. “The game, now being developed as an app, tests each patient’s comfort with risk-taking, producing mathematical scores called betas long used by economists to measure consumers’ willingness to try new products. The team then used a statistical test to see whether changes in risk-taking comfort tracked with opioid reuse, and found that people who placed higher-risk bets had higher beta scores.”

University of Michigan: U-M, MDHHS launch one-stop website to guide safe pain treatment across Michigan and beyond

University of Michigan: U-M, MDHHS launch one-stop website to guide safe pain treatment across Michigan and beyond. “The toolkit includes everything from evidence-based guides for how many opioid and nonopioid painkiller doses patients typically need after different types of operations to materials that can help guide conversations about tapering off of long-term opioid treatment in favor of other treatments. It also offers information about effective treatments for opioid use disorders, as well as resources for aiding clinicians to link patients to available services in Michigan.”

AP: White House launches website aimed at addiction treatment

AP: White House launches website aimed at addiction treatment. “[The site] modernizes an obscure directory of 13,000 licensed treatment providers maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, adding user-friendly search criteria and tools. For instance, it will now allow users to search based on the type of treatment sought — such as inpatient, detox or telemedicine — by payment option and whether the treatment is medication-assisted.”