Projected Estimates of Opioid Mortality After Community-Level Interventions

Linas BP, Savinkina A, Madushani RWMA, et al. Projected Estimates of Opioid Mortality After Community-Level Interventions. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(2):e2037259. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.37259
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Importance: The United States is experiencing a crisis of opioid overdose. In response, the US Department of Health and Human Services has defined a goal to reduce overdose mortality by 40% by 2022.

A Scoping Review of Factors that Influence Opioid Overdose Prevention for Justice-Involved Populations

Grella, C.E., Ostlie, E., Scott, C.K. et al. A scoping review of factors that influence opioid overdose prevention for justice-involved populations. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 16, 19 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-021-00346-1
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There is a high risk of death from opioid overdose following release from prison. Efforts to develop and implement overdose prevention programs for justice-involved populations have increased in recent years. An understanding of the gaps in knowledge on prevention interventions is needed to accelerate development, implementation, and dissemination of effective strategies.

IOTOD 2020 Virtual Conference


Virtual Summit 2020
Date: 24th and 25th September 2020

The Improving Outcomes in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (IOTOD) team are delighted to announce that IOTOD 2020 is going virtual. In light of ongoing restrictions to travel and public gatherings and our commitment to the safety of our delegates, exhibitors and staff, this year’s conference will be delivered online.

The Cost of Opioid Use to Australia

A recent study, published by the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University in Perth, has estimated that the illegal use of heroin and the misuse of pharmaceutical opioids is costing Australia around $15.7 billion and causing more than 2200 deaths a year. This is a significant increase from the previous record that was collected in 2007. Professor Steve Allsop commented: “Extra-medical use of opioids is likely to result in adverse outcomes that require

Free Webinar: Opioid Agonist Treatment for Pharmaceutical Opioid Dependence


Turning Point will be offering a free webinar Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 8:30 AM ACST

This session aims to briefly cover the main opioid agonist pharmacotherapies for opioid dependence, and summarise the evidence for the use of these treatments for pharmaceutical opioid dependence.

Opioid Atlas

Opiates are some of the most effective pain relief medications for patients suffering from cancer- and surgery-related pain.

Unfortunately, medications in this class are also used as drugs of abuse. Despite the affordability and effectiveness of these medications, access to opiates is highly geographically variable.

Association of Disability With Mortality From Opioid Overdose Among US Medicare Adults

Kuo Y, Raji MA, Goodwin JS. Association of Disability With Mortality From Opioid Overdose Among US Medicare Adults. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(11):e1915638. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.15638
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Question: What is the rate of opioid overdose deaths among Medicare enrollees younger than 65 years who qualified for Medicare because of disability?