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“Overdose deaths related to illicit substances, such as fentanyl and cocaine, have continued to climb in spite of the government’s supply-reduction efforts.”

Demanding Better: A Case for Increased Funding and Involvement of State Medical Boards in Response to America’s Drug Abuse Crisis

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“When developing strategies to prevent opioid or other substance misuse, stakeholders should bear in mind that individuals often do not use a singular substance.”

Polysubstance Use Among People Who Use Opioids or Other Drugs Nonmedically
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CUSP Names Executives ‘Qualified and Ready on Day One’

December 15, 2020

Nonprofit tells Biden-Harris Transition Team that no woman has ever served as drug czar and states, “It is time for a woman to hold that position.”

DEA Expanding Surveillance of Prescription Drug Data

November 11, 2020

CUSP’s chairman discusses the impact of the new RFP from the DEA that asks software contractors to create a nationwide data system that will increase the surveillance of prescriptions.

Feds Warn of Scammers Impersonating DEA Agents

August 5, 2020
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) warns doctors, pharmacists, and the public about criminals posing as DEA agents and attempting to extort money from them. CUSP’s chairman cautions that the scammers have enough knowledge of the tactics DEA is employing against controlled-medication prescribers to be able to replicate them in other situations.

“Not all health care professionals subject to the DOJ’s searches and seizures are ‘dirty docs.’ In fact, some of them are nationally recognized leaders not just in pain management, but also in addiction medicine”

A More Sensible Surge: Ending DOJ's Indiscriminate Raids of Healthcare Providers
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This guideline enables more physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse specialists, anesthetists & midwives to prescribe #buprenorphine for #opioid use disorder. A great first step, @HHSGov @samhsagov @ONDCP. https://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/202104270930?utm_source=SAMHSA&utm_campaign=fb47cf10e7-HHS_AD_HOC_ANNOUNCEMENT_2021_04_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ee1c4b138c-fb47cf10e7-168262125

#LanguageMatters when it comes to stigma reduction and discrimination. Being that language can change, based on the setting we are in, it is helpful to have a tool to guide when and where we use certain terms/phrases. Let's continue our efforts to work toward #StigmaReduction!

If you are attending the @RxSummit this week, join me, Sheriff Chris Donelan, Dr. Ruth Potee, and Kevin Massey for a discussion Wed 4/7 at 12:45 EDT on "Jails and Opioid Use Disorder Treatment: A Case Study and Roadmap for the Future" https://cdmcd.co/q9pWEL #RxSummit2021 (2/3)

In 2015, about 25% of opioid overdose deaths were linked to illegally manufactured synthetic opioids - predominantly fentanyl. Now it's closer to 80%, according to provisional CDC data. “America is going to have to reckon with a deadlier drug supply,” @brycepardo #RXSummit2021

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