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HHS Plans to Increase Access to Naloxone and Medication-Assisted Treatment

In response to the increase in opioid overdose-related deaths, United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the agency’s plan to increase access to naloxone in rural communities and expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

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School Nurses in At Least Five States Stock Naloxone for Opioid Overdoses

Topics: Prescription drug overdose

Public school nurses in at least five states have naloxone available for responding to emergency opioid pain reliever-related overdoses. 

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FDA Investigates the Risks of Using Pain Medicine Tramadol in Young Patients

Topics: Medication safety and FDA

Parents and caregivers of patients aged 17 years or younger taking tramadol who notice any signs of slow or shallow breathing, difficult or noisy breathing, confusion, or unusual sleepiness should stop tramadol and seek medical attention immediately by taking the child to the emergency room or calling 911, recommends Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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NCPIE Encourages Safe Use, Safe Storage, and Safe Disposal With ‘Talk About Your Medicines’ Month

Topics: Medication safety and Medication disposal

October is “Talk About Your Medicines” Month, and the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) encourages patients to talk with their health care providers about medications they are taking.

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