In a new commentary in the journal Women’s Health Issues, a group of researchers notes that as many as one-third of U.S. and Canadian women suffer from chronic pain, and commonly prescribed opioid treatments come with substantial risks. National health agencies recommend physical activity as a nonpharmacologic pain management strategy, but health professionals don’t yet have enough information about the type and intensity of exercise to recommend for specific groups of patients, or how best to make physical activity accessible to those who could use it to manage chronic pain.
CRS Report Lists Policy Options for Increasing Physician Training Education in Proper Opioid Prescribing
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently published a short “insight” report, Policy Options to Increase Physician Training Education in Proper Opioid Prescribing. It responds to the recommendation of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to mandate "medical education and prescriber education initiatives in proper opioid prescribing and risks of developing an SUD [Substance Use Disorder]."
Proposals to End Medicaid Expansions Threaten Support to Address the Opioid Crisis
A new analysis by GW Health Policy and Management researchers concludes that Medicaid expansions are helping states cope with the rising toll taken by the opioid crisis. It also suggests that Congressional proposals to end the Medicaid expansion program may undermine efforts to address this growing public health problem.