ITEMS IN AFP WITH KEYWORD:
Family physicians must commit to responsible prescribing of opioid medications. The decision to initiate opioid therapy should be a careful and deliberate one, especially in patients who are at risk of addiction.
Family physicians are committed to advancing population and community health, and we must take the lead in reducing opioid misuse and overdose before outside entities mandate practice strategies that may not be patient-centered.
Overprescribing, misuse, diversion, and dependence on opioids have occurred as a result of external pressures, physician behavior, inadequate evidence, and pharmacologic development. Family physicians could play an important role in alleviating these problems; therefore, the American Academy of Fami...
Mar 1, 2017 Issue
Buprenorphine Maintenance vs. Placebo for Opioid Dependence [Medicine by the Numbers]
Buprenorphine causes lower physical dependence, milder withdrawal symptoms, and is less likely to cause an overdose than methadone in the treatment of opioid dependence.
Jan 1, 2017 Issue
Alpha-adrenergic Agonists for the Management of Opioid Withdrawal [Medicine by the Numbers]
Alpha-adrenergic agonists were more efficacious than placebo in the management of opioid withdrawal, but are best reserved as an alternative to methadone.
Oct 1, 2016 Issue
Rural Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Depends on Family Physicians [Graham Center Policy One-Pagers]
The nation's growing opioid use disorder epidemic disproportionately impacts rural areas, where physicians who can prescribe buprenorphine are scarcest. Among physicians approved to prescribe buprenorphine, family physicians (FPs) are the most likely to work in rural areas.
Find out how to determine the balance of risks and harms from long-term therapy, and when and how to taper therapy.
A woman with a long history of cocaine use presented to the emergency department with leg ulcers and ecchymoses on her ears.
Jul 1, 2015 Issue
Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation [Medicine by the Numbers]
Studies show that 1 in 15 patients successfully quit smoking and 1 in 94 patients experienced chest pain or palpitations. Want to know more?
Jun 15, 2015 Issue
Primary Care Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Illicit Drug and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children [Putting Prevention into Practice]
J.P. is a 16-year-old white female nonsmoker who presents for a sports clearance physical. She is in good overall health, excels academically, and plays water polo at school. During the patient history, she mentions that she and three friends were suspended from school for drinking cough syrup after a water polo tournament.