RxAssurance and Cordant Announce Collaboration to Prevent Opioid Misuse Deaths

Two Colorado companies contributing to the national effort to prevent misuse of opioid pain medications, Cordant Health Solutions™  and RxAssurance,  have announced a new collaboration to expand and improve use of the life-saving opioid antidote naloxone among first responders, pain patients and family members when confronted with opioid overdose emergencies. In Colorado, a drug overdose death… Read More

POTUS takes a stand against opioid epidemic

In March, I attended the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. I was in good company – many of the nation’s leading experts on pain medicine, addiction and recovery, as well as lawmakers and federal agency heads were in attendance. It was a powerful, informative and extremely well attended event, with over… Read More

FDA takes on opioid epidemic with black box warnings

As efforts to address the opioid epidemic heat up on a national level, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of the latest government agencies to add their weight. Several weeks ago, the FDA added class-wide safety labeling changes to all immediate-release opioid pain medications. Called “black box warnings,” these risk communications are reserved… Read More

A call for caution

Be careful when you decide to prescribe opioids for chronic pain. Start low and go slow. And be sure you monitor your patients very closely, to assure that the drugs are working and not causing problems. That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new guidelines suggest providers do, to help address the… Read More

Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression: The silent killer

Another side effect of prescribed opioids is much more dangerous than Opioid-Induced Constipation (OIC). Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression (OIRD) can be deadly and often the warning signs can go unnoticed by patients and their providers. OIRD is characterized by dangerously low heart rate and slowed breathing – essentially the presence of the opioid can cause some… Read More