Recently Released Reports
- Increase in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone linked to increase in supply of fentanyl in PBSS states - Data in this new Prescription Behavior Surveillance System (PBSS) Issue Brief looks at five states– Maine, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. The report compares trends in synthetic opioid overdose deaths in the five states to trends in the supply of illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), as well as to trends in the prescribing of fentanyl by physicians. The data show a close association between rising synthetic opioid overdose deaths and the rising availability of illicitly manufactured fentanyl.
- Geographic Patterns in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Prescription Opioids in Kentucky - Data in this PBSS issue brief released by the Commonwealth of Kentucky examines the relationship between rates of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in various regions of the state versus risky opioid prescribing behaviors observed in these same regions. Findings in Kentucky reveal a close association between NAS and high opioid prescribing rates in the preceding year among women of childbearing age.
- Opioid Prescribing: Where you live matters - The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015. Despite the overall decrease, the amount of opioids remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report. The amount of opioids prescribed in the U.S. is still too high, with too many opioid prescriptions for too many days at too high a dosage.
Recent Journal Articles
- Losby JL, Hyatt JD, Kanter MH, Baldwin G, Matsuoka D. Safer and more appropriate opioid prescribing: a large healthcare system’s comprehensive approach. J Eval Clin Pract. 2017;1–7. DOI: 10.1111/jep.12756
- Dowell D, Haegerich TM. Changing the Conversation About Opioid Tapering. Ann Intern Med.[Epub ahead of print 18 July 2017] DOI: 10.7326/M17-1402
- Schuchat A, Houry D, Guy G. New Data on Opioid Use and Prescribing in the United States. JAMA 2017. DOI:10.1001/jama.2017.8913
- Baird J, Faul M, Green TC, et al. A retrospective review of unintentional opioid overdose risk and mitigating factors among acutely injured trauma patients. Drug Alcohol Depend 2017; 178:130-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.04.
- Faul M, Lurie P, Kinsman JM, et al. Multiple Naloxone Administrations Among Emergency Medical Service Providers is Increasing. Prehosp Emerg Care 2017; 21(4): 411-419. DOI: 10.1080/10903127.2017.1315203