Articles and Briefs

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Brief Description

How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation

This article from the PEW Charitable Trusts reports on the growing impact that fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are having on the opioid crisis, challenges in detecting fentanyl, and the dangers it poses due to its lethality and role in overdose outbreaks.

Any Use and Frequent Use of Opioids among Non-Elderly Adults in 2015 – 2016, by Socioeconomic Characteristics

This statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) details a study on the rate of opioid prescribing for adults ages 18-64 from 2015-2016. The brief presents data on regarding poverty status, race, and whether prescriptions were filled in a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or not, among other factors.

Vital Signs: Trends in Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Opioid Overdoses — United States, July 2016–September 2017

Findings from this report published March 2018 by The Center for Disease Control, suggests opioid overdose deaths increased 27.7%, indicating a worsening of the opioid overdose epidemic. Access to medication-assisted treatment is called out as one of the promising solutions. The article provides information regarding opioid overdoses by region and urbanization levels and called for a need for localized response.

ASAM Weekly

ASAM Weekly is a source of timely news briefings of top stories for addiction medicine combined with ASAM developments in education, advocacy, state chapter news and more. ASAM Weekly is a great way to keep informed and is delivered to the inboxes of ASAM members every Tuesday.