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CEPOP Participants Meet with CDC Director Frieden on FY 2017 Agency Plan and Proposed Prescription Guidelines

Last month, CEPOP members met with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden to discuss the agency’s unfolding FY 2017 initiatives, and to learn more about the CDC’s draft guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.  CEPOP will continue advocacy for the final FY 2017 appropriations and will develop comments on the proposed guidelines.

2016-07-11T17:42:31+00:00 October 30th, 2015|News|

Journal of the American Medical Association Highlights Opioid Issue

October issue, the JAMA published a series of articles on the growing opioid epidemic, demonstrating the range issues facing the medical community and policymakers. The articles included Addressing the Opioid Epidemic, Changes in Substance Abuse Treatment Use, and Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use.

2016-07-11T17:42:36+00:00 October 30th, 2015|News|

Study on Florida’s PDMP and Pill Mill Laws

In a recent study, researchers found a correlation between Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and pill mill laws and a decrease in opioid prescribing and use, particularly among patients with the highest levels of use.

2016-07-11T17:42:48+00:00 September 9th, 2015|News|

House Passes H.R. 1462 – Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015

The House yesterday passed the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015, which now moves on to the Senate for consideration. Sponsored by Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-D-5), this bill would mandate an evaluation of the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome and include recommendations for prevention and treatment.

2016-07-11T17:41:40+00:00 September 9th, 2015|News|

House Democrats write to FDA

House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats wrote to U.S. FDA Commissioner Ostroff requesting his agency require opioid manufacturers to revise their product labels to reflect concerns surrounding neonatal abstinence syndrome. The letter was signed by 22 members.

2016-07-11T17:42:55+00:00 August 14th, 2015|News|

Federal Legislation Introduced

Prior to the August recess, Sens. Cassidy (R-LA) and Murphy (D-CT) introduced the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015. The legislation seeks to make numerous reforms surrounding the mental healthcare system, including the establishment of an Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2017-08-01T00:06:23+00:00 August 14th, 2015|News|

Governors Learn About CEPOP at NGA meeting

The National Governor’s Association  held their summer meeting in West Virginia over the weekend. Honorable Mary Bono spoke before the group about the opioid abuse epidemic and invited them to join forces with CEPOP. The weekend-long meeting drew to a close with good news:  HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that her agency would devote an additional $100 million to [...]

2016-07-11T17:39:14+00:00 July 29th, 2015|News|

DEA Changes Course

New DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced that the agency would be reviving the national drug take-back initiative. The decision comes as Chief Rosenberg has learned, over the course of two months, the true extent of the opioid abuse epidemic: "I knew there was a problem. I knew it was big. I didn't know it was [...]

2016-07-11T17:39:14+00:00 July 29th, 2015|News|