Excerpt from Overview

Published August 6, 2016

HOOKED: A concise guide to the underlying mechanics of addiction and treatment for patients, families, and providers | Arwen Podesta, MD

Excerpt from Overview:

As of spring 2016 there have been three very important changes
surrounding the opioid epidemic and treatment. The Center for
Disease Control published extensive guidelines related to the
prescribing of opioid painkillers, recommending restricting the
number of pain pills prescribed, prescribing for fewer days, and
assessing the risk of the pill misuse. The American Society of
Addiction Medicine (ASAM) released practice guidelines that
include giving patients or their family members a prescription for
naloxone, an opioid overdose rescue kit. Naloxone blocks opioid
receptors, resulting in reversal of overdose. Prescribing this
could be life-saving for many patients. Lastly, the federal department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suggested that
some doctors authorized to prescribe buprenorphine may be able
to increase the number of patients from 100 to 200 or more,
which will greatly increase access to care. At around the same
time, HHS announced the appropriation of around one hundred
million dollars to increase access to prevention and treatment of
addiction.