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Osteoarthritis & Opioids: Minimizing Risk while Managing Pain
The use of opioids for pain management more than doubled in the decade between 2001-2003 and 2011-2013. Among people with osteoarthritis (OA), a study earlier this year found that 17% were prescribed an opioid for OA pain management. Prescription patterns show wide geographic differences that cannot be explained by the health status of the population, indicating lack of consensus by clinicians about the best practices for prescribing opioids.

New CDC Guidelines

In August 2017, the CDC released Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, a resource for primary care clinicians that provides recommendations on prescribing opioids for non-cancer chronic pain like osteoarthritis. The guidelines discussed when to initiate opioids, selecting opioids, and assessing risk and addressing harms. Key recommendations included:

  • Opioids should not be first-line or routine therapy for chronic pain
  • Use immediate-release opioids when starting, rather than extended-release or long-acting
  • Risk factors for opioid-related harms should be evaluated before beginning opioid therapy and again periodically during ongoing opioid therapy
New Research in Osteoarthritis

With opioid addiction now a top priority in public health and OA among the leading causes of chronic pain in the country, several 2017 journal articles have examined the relationship between opioids and OA.

In this issue

  • Osteoarthritis Action Alliance News
  • Events (Conferences, webinars, trainings)
  • Opportunities (Jobs, Internships, Fellowships, Funding)
  • Osteoarthritis in the News
  • Policy, Resources & Reports

This newsletter shares the latest Osteoarthritis Action Alliance news, and OA-related resources, publications, achievements, events, opportunities from or for our member organizations. Have something you would like to share with us? Please email us at oaaction@unc.edu and we will promote it on our Twitter and Facebook sites and in our upcoming Bi-Weekly digest.

Osteoarthritis Action Alliance News

  • Come and Walk With A Doc at UNC Wellness Center- Meadowmont, 100 Sprunt Street, Chapel Hill. Rain or shine. Saturday, December 16, 10AM with Dr. Amanda Nelson from the Thurston Arthritis Research Center in Chapel Hill, NC!
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#ICYMI: November Lunch & Learn Webinar: Exercise Interventions that Work – A Recent History of Effective Exercise Prescription with Rebecca Hasson, PhD, FACSM
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