Starting tomorrow, the popular Healthdatapalooza conference will be held here in DC. A Wednesday post conference is dedicated to a day on data security. The FEHBlog will sit this one out.
Kaiser Health News reports that the opoid overdose crisis is principally afflicting people in the 45 - 64 age group.
Congress is poised to pass a bevy of laws on this issue.Millions of people are on opioids — most of them over 45 — and that means some are at risk of overdose. Bratberg said we should be educating patients and doctors.
“We’re really making a push nationally and regionally to educate prescribers about those risks, and to use tools available to warn folks about that.” [according to University of Rhode Island pharmacy professor Jeffrey Bratberg]
Tools that help lower the risk include naloxone, the overdose rescue drug. There’s also medication, such as buprenorphine or methadone, to assist people who have become addicted to painkillers to stop their use safely. In essence, those drugs keep a low level of opioids in the system to keep someone from going into withdrawal without getting them high.