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In study findings presented at the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, women who received a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after a diagnosis of breast cancer were found to be at a greater risk of chronic controlled substance use, per media reports.
In patients with comorbid chronic pain and substance use disorders, developing protocols for continuing opioid therapy are key for patient safety, W. Clay Jackson, MD, and Arwen Podesta, MD, DFASAM, DFAPA, ABIHM, told Psych Congress 2020 attendees.
A New Jersey law enacted in 2017 to require doctors to warn patients of the addictive potential of prescription opioids and discuss alternatives has had a significant effect on prescribing, a recently released study shows.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said in an Rx Summit address that the department is using non-opioid interventions and telehealth to help veterans manage chronic pain.
Data from the early 2010s suggest that around half the time, dental patients receive a greater quantity of opioids than what is recommended in pain management guidelines.
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