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.”

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.”

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.”

BuzzFeed News: Instagram’s Opioid Recovery Hashtags Are Full Of Drug Dealers

BuzzFeed News: Instagram’s Opioid Recovery Hashtags Are Full Of Drug Dealers. “Dozens of top posts under the #opioidcrisis and #opioidaddiction hashtags contained comments touting Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine, and other prescription opioids — along with phone numbers and usernames for encrypted messaging accounts. A typical entry, under a video describing tens of thousands of deaths by drug overdose, offered ‘fast deals’ on ‘Oxys, Roxy, Xans, Addy, codeine, perc…Available 24.7 for delivery.'”

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.”

Washington Post: Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database

Washington Post: Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database. “For the first time, a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States — by manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city — is being 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.

PR Newswire: Pharmacists for Healthier Lives Partner Creates National Database Highlighting Activities Addressing Opioid Crisis (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Pharmacists for Healthier Lives Partner Creates National Database Highlighting Activities Addressing Opioid Crisis (PRESS RELEASE). “Pharmacists for Healthier Lives (PfHL) – a coalition of pharmacy organizations seeking to raise consumer awareness of the full-range of essential healthcare services pharmacists provide each day – announced today the release of a report outlining activities for stemming the opioid crisis from more than 100 pharmacy schools from across the country.”

TechCrunch: Google makes it easier to find prescription drug disposal sites

TechCrunch: Google makes it easier to find prescription drug disposal sites. “In an effort to combat the opioid crisis, Google will begin labeling places where people can safely dispose of their prescription drugs. Now, users can find clearly labeled drug disposal sites directly from searches for things like ‘drug drop off near me’ or ‘medication disposal.'”