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Curious Crosses: Injection-Induced Lesions

Skin biopsy provided an elusive diagnosis and evidence that the patient had likely omitted important information during medical interviews. A 43-year-old man with a history of alcohol and opioid use was admitted to the inpatient ward from the infectious disease clinic. For 2 weeks, he had experienced recurrent, painful skin nodules that expressed bloody, purulent […]

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A Tool to Assess Risk of De Novo Opioid Abuse or Dependence

Readily available demographic, clinical, behavioral, pharmacy, and geographic information can be used to predict the likelihood of opioid abuse or dependence. Determining risk factors for opioid abuse or dependence will help clinicians practice informed prescribing and may help mitigate opioid abuse or dependence. The purpose of this study is to identify variables predicting opioid abuse […]

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Using Science to Battle Stigma in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Opioid Agonist Therapy Saves Lives

In 1965, Dole and Nyswander published the first study of methadone maintenance treatment for opioid use disorder. On the basis of research conducted at The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research with Kreek, they described the treatment of 22 individuals with methadone for chronic heroin addiction. In this landmark study, they reported the notable findings of craving […]

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CME: Tools for Safe Prescribing in Chronic Pain Management

The American Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management are sponsoring continuing medical education (CME) resource center on safe prescribing practices for opioids. The Opioid REMS Resource: Tools for Safe Prescribing in Chronic Pain Management provides you with free access to the latest peer-reviewed clinical information relating to ER/LA opioid treatment and management […]

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Lessons from the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Applied to Addiction

From Documenting Death to Comprehensive Care: Applying Lessons from the HIV/AIDS Epidemic to Addiction In recent years, we have seen a rising tide of deaths documented in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that bears a chilling familiarity to the early years of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic. These deaths […]

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