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.”

Undark: To Tackle Drug Use, Researchers and People With Addiction Alike Turn to Online Forums

Undark: To Tackle Drug Use, Researchers and People With Addiction Alike Turn to Online Forums. “As the opioid epidemic worsens, claiming about 130 lives a day in 2018 in the United States alone, a cadre of researchers is looking for solutions to addiction and overdoses in the sprawl of drug forums. The researchers say that drug forums on the dark net — a catch-all for internet hubs that are often encrypted or unavailable through regular search engines — along with more mainstream counterparts like Bluelight and drug-related threads on the website Reddit, might be a medical or research tool in their own right.”

STAT: Historians push to create public archive of documents from massive opioid litigation

STAT: Historians push to create public archive of documents from massive opioid litigation. “In settling lawsuits against them, companies often insist that all of the documents and depositions gathered as part of the cases be locked away or destroyed. To head that off — and to ensure a full accounting of the origins of the prescription opioid crisis — a group of historians is asking that any settlement in the massive opioid litigation require all collected documents be preserved and made public.”

Vice: Facebook Is Censoring Posts That Could Save Opioid Users’ Lives

Vice: Facebook Is Censoring Posts That Could Save Opioid Users’ Lives. “In its efforts to stop opioid sales on the site, Facebook appears to be blocking people who warn users about poisonous batches of drugs or who supply materials used to test for fentanyls and other contaminants. Just as 1990s web security filters mistook breast cancer research centers for porn sites, today’s internet still seems to have trouble distinguishing between drug dealers and groups trying to reduce the death toll from the overdose crisis. VICE reviewed screenshots and emails to corroborate the claims made in this story.”

PR Web: Nonprofit Launches National Network to Track All Drug Diversion Within Hospitals and Health Systems to Combat Opioid Crisis (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Web: Nonprofit Launches National Network to Track All Drug Diversion Within Hospitals and Health Systems to Combat Opioid Crisis (PRESS RELEASE). “The Healthcare Diversion Network, a nonprofit association dedicated to preventing drug diversion, today announced the launch of HealthCareDiversion.org, a first-of-its-kind forum that aims to compile all known healthcare diversion incidents into a single national database. The new online forum is the first step in building national dialogue and transparency around one of the most critical, yet often unspoken, risks associated with the opioid crisis.” It is expected that eventually the database will be opened to the public.

Appalachian State University: Drs. Russell and Thames use Facebook to Understand the Opioid Epidemic

Appalachian State University: Drs. Russell and Thames use Facebook to Understand the Opioid Epidemic. “Using Facebook pages administered by Ohio newspapers, [Dr. David] Russell, [Dr. Naomi] Spence, and [Dr. Kelly] Thames critically evaluated news coverage and narratives discussing the opioid epidemic. They were also able to assess public reactions to the various newspaper posts on Facebook to shed light on the ranges of public understanding and attitudes towards this issue.”