View this email in your browser

Safe Prescribing, Opioid Therapy
for Chronic Pain

Many Americans have been touched in some way by the opioid crisis, and in some regions of the country, a growing resurgence of methamphetamine and cocaine is further testing the prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts of states, communities, and families. At Abt, we work to improve the lives of all those affected by these epidemics, and our mission is personal. We recognize this effort takes collaboration, sound evidence, and meeting people where they are. Every other month, we will bring you the latest insights and thinking from experts working in the field and with health systems across the country. We welcome your input on the topics and issues that concern you most.

5 Minutes with Sarah Shoemaker-Hunt, Ph.D., Pharm.D. on Safer Opioid Prescribing

A leading health services researcher and implementation scientist on opioid prescribing and management in primary care, Abt Principal Associate Sarah J. Shoemaker-Hunt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., recently sat down with us to discuss her implementation research and evaluations on safer opioid prescribing across health care systems and primary care practices. Her team recently collaborated on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Six Building Blocks of Opioid Management How-To Guide, which gives guidance to clinics that want to implement guideline-driven care. 
Read More

Data Spotlight

Since the peak period in 2012, opioid prescribing rates have been on a downward trend, suggesting clinicians are modifying their prescribing practices.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, IQVIA® Transactional Data Warehouse
Read More

Rethinking How We Approach Substance Misuse

Substance use disorders and the misuse of opioids, methamphetamine, alcohol, and cocaine continue to present major challenges to the wellbeing of society. Public health approaches to the prevention and treatment of these conditions require shifting focus to “upstream” factors that mediate risks for diseases in the first place. Here are three ways of re-thinking prevention and treatment for substance misuse and use disorders.
Read More
Want to learn more about Abt's work in opioid misuse and prevention? Click here

Sign up for more Abt news alerts here
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Share Share
Forward Forward
Copyright © 2020 Abt Associates, All rights reserved.

Abt Associates
6130 Executive Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences