June 26, 2013
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  • A closer look at substance abuse and addiction
    The AAFP recognizes that substance abuse and addiction -- especially involving prescription drugs -- are major public health concerns. Yet the Academy and other groups also say it's critically important to safeguard patients' access to appropriate pain management options, including opioids, when needed.
    The AAFP has gone on the record as supporting the expansion of drug monitoring and tracking programs, as well as more stringent efforts to enforce existing laws and regulations governing use of these medications. The Academy also has for years provided its members with the educational tools and resources they need to properly manage patients' pain while seeking to ensure addictive substances aren't misused.
    This special report presents recent information about these issues and illustrates the continuing need to balance these important aims.
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What Do You Need to Know About Opioid Dependence (OD)?
OD is common and can happen to anyone.i A national survey conducted online by Harris Interactive for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals reveals that U.S. adults and doctors harbor a variety of misperceptions and stereotypes about OD that may impact the way the disease — and those living with it — are treated. View this infographic to learn more.
iThe Treatment Episode Data Report. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Available: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k10/230b/230bPainRelvr2k10Web.pdf. Accessed June 4, 2013. SBF-0170-oJun2013
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New Survey Results on Opioid Dependence (OD) Unveiled
New national survey results reveal the U.S. public and doctors have misconceptions about OD, demonstrating an urgent need for increased awareness of the chronic medical condition. The survey involved more than 1000 adults ages 26-49 and 200 non-Drug Addiction Treatment Act 2000 certified primary care doctors. Learn more about the survey findings here.
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Practice Issues 
  • AAFP program offers physicians new perspectives on addiction
    The AAFP is working with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to launch the online Addiction Performance Project, giving family physicians new perspectives on drug abuse and addiction and tools to help patients and families. The program includes a video from the 2012 AAFP Scientific Assembly and is aimed at reducing the stigma associated with addiction and helping physicians identify patients who abuse drugs. AAFP News Now (6/11)
  • For more:   Review AAFP resources on pain management and opioid abuse.
  • Doctors in Minn. discuss how to address Rx drug abuse
    In dealing with prescription drug abuse, physicians have the twin risks of not doing enough to treat pain and being blamed if medications are misused. The Minnesota Medical Association is assessing whether to require its members to complete continuing education on pain management and addiction. "Even if you do everything right, you can be burned. It's waltzing in a minefield," Dr. Paul Sanford said. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (5/17)
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Get Educated About Opioid Dependence (OD)
To learn more about the Turn To Help program, OD and treatment options, visit TurnToHelp.com.
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Patient Safety 
  • Pill dispenser addresses the problem of medication addiction
    A pill dispenser that works something like a gumball machine may be the answer to medication addiction that some patients fall victim to. A Brigham Young University student engineering team tackled the wide-open problem and eventually engineered the dispenser, which uses an electronic gate system to ensure the correct number of pills is dispensed. ASME.org (6/2013) Email this Story
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From the AAFP 
  • AAFP takes lead role in balancing pain relief, patient safety
    Chronic pain represents a significant public health issue with tremendous economic, social and medical costs. The use of opioid analgesics for pain control has risen significantly in recent years, unfortunately accompanied by a corresponding growth in the rate of abuse, misuse and overdose of these drugs. Through advocacy, collaboration and education, the AAFP is actively working toward a solution to America's pain management and opioid abuse epidemics. Learn more.
  • Review American Family Physician's collection of chronic pain resources
    The AAFP's award-winning clinical journal, American Family Physician, has amassed a collection of AFP and other Academy content on chronic pain and related issues. Topics encompass treatment-specific therapies -- including use of opioid analgesics -- issues surrounding end-of-life care, and practice management concerns. Patient education materials also are part of the collection. Note that AFP content published within the past 12 months is accessible to AAFP members and paid subscribers only. Link to these resources.
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