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California Dentists With DEA Numbers Must Be Registered With CURES 2.0

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SACRAMENTO, California — “All health care practitioners authorized to prescribe or dispense Schedule II-IV controlled substances were required to register to use CURES 2.0 no later than July 1, 2016,” the Dental Board of California reminds dentists in an email distributed late January.

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FDA Addresses Administration's Request To Promote Innovation And Broaden Patient Access Through Competition

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — New scientific opportunities, as well as advances in manufacturing and commerce, give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new ways to advance our mission to protect and promote public health. Leveraging these opportunities requires us to make investments in regulatory science that can reduce uncertainty for innovators, spur investment in new industries and provide principles for the safe and effective development of new technologies. These same advances also give us new ways to support greater availability and use of generic drugs as a way to promote price competition and patient access.

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Handing Out Naloxone Doesn't Fix Opioid Crisis: University Of Toronto Researchers


TORONTO, Ontario — In the midst of a national opioid crisis, take-home naloxone programs have expanded rapidly, with Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins recently announcing that naloxone kits will be provided to fire and police departments across the province.

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Statement from FDA Commissioner On The Presence Of Opioid Compounds In Kratom

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Over the past several months, there have been many questions raised about the botanical substance known as kratom. Our concerns related to this product, and the actions we’ve taken, are rooted in sound science and are in the interest of protecting public health. However, we recognize that there is still much that is unknown about kratom, which is why we’ve taken some significant steps to advance the scientific understanding of this product and how it works in the body. Today, we’re providing details of some of the important scientific tools, data and research that have contributed to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) concern about kratom’s potential for abuse, addiction, and serious health consequences; including death.

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New Dates Announced: Free Half-Day Conference On Opioid Prescribing

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SPOKANE/SEATTLE, Washington — A free half-day dental conference titled "Evidence-based Dental Pain Care: A New Opioid Prescribing Guideline from Washington State" will be offered in April at locations in Spokane and Seattle.

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University Of Utah School of Dentistry Researchers Novel Opioid Addiction Treatment

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Researchers at The University of Utah School of Dentistry have preliminary results from a first-of-its-kind pilot study that integrates comprehensive oral health care with treatment for substance use disorder. These researchers believe that this novel approach to treatment could curb the national opioid epidemic and fundamentally reshape the way we think about addiction.

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Public Workshop: Strategies For Promoting The Safe Use And Appropriate Prescribing Of Prescription Opioids

February 15, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington DC 20045

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — The current opioid epidemic remains a major public health crisis. In response to growing rates of opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose, stakeholders across the U.S. healthcare system are working to implement strategies designed to ensure that opioids are safely and appropriately prescribed. As policymakers, health systems, and insurers move quickly to adopt prescribing guidelines and other interventions, assessing the impact of these strategies on opioid use, patient health outcomes, and public health is critical to implementing these strategies effectively.

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Statement From FDA On Steps To Prevent New Addiction, Curb Abuse And Overdose Related To Opioid Products

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The issue of opioid misuse and abuse remains one of my highest priorities and we believe it's going to take carefully developed, sustained, and coordinated action by everyone involved to reduce the tide of opioid addiction and death afflicting our communities; while maintaining appropriate prescribing for patients in medical need. We recognize both the urgency and complexity of this crisis and are taking several steps today toward these goals.

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FDA Explores Single-Dose Packaging To Reduce Opioids Abuse

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — In an effort to curb the prescription opioids abuse epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration on January 30 announced it is looking to change how manufacturers package their products so that health care providers can have better options for prescribing opioids.

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New Infographic Chronicles Dental Opioid Prescription Rates

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CHICAGO, Illinois — Dentists accounted for 6.4 percent of all U.S. opioids prescriptions in 2012, according to information presented in a new infographic from the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute.

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