The government is raising the limit on the number of patients a doctor can treat for opioid addiction using the drug buprenorphine to 275 from 100. The move expands office-based treatment options.
- Federal survey data says Colorado's residents are heavy users of marijuana, alcohol, cocaine and opioids.Read more
- A colleague saw a syringe and needle in her bag on her last shift before the test.Read more
- The money from the Department of Health and Human Services will help treat opioid use disorders in underserved populations.Read more
"Rarely do we see a health metric that moves so quickly and is so widespread," said Tamara Keeney, a policy analyst at the Colorado Health Institute.
- Swedish Medical Center is asking about 2,900 people to be tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV because a former surgical technician may have stolen pain medication.Read more
Many employers who test for drugs don't screen employees for opioids. Yet opioid abuse is linked to problems with workplace productivity and safety.
- People still think that abuse of opioid painkillers is something that criminals do, a study of news media coverage finds. Options like expanded access to treatment are rarely mentioned.Read More