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Opioid Management

Opioids are a class of medication that are typically used to reduce and manage both acute- and long-term pain. Opioids can be both naturally occurring and synthetically manufactured, and encompass both legally and illegally made and used products. While they can be effective in reducing short-term acute pain, long-term use carries risks, including addiction and accidental overdose. In order to help effectively manage opioid prescribing and use, HSR&D researchers conduct investigations into various aspects of opioid management, including prescription medication reviews, adjunct pain management therapy, and opioid use disorder treatment.

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(5 of more than 1002 OPIOID focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 71 OPIOID focused publication briefs)

  • VA Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder was Maintained During the COVID Pandemic Through Rapid Shift to Telehealth
    At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, key federal policy changes were implemented to decrease barriers to telehealth-delivery of buprenorphine, a life-saving medication treatment for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). This study examined the impact of these COVID-19 policies on buprenorphine treatment across different modalities (telephone, video, and in-person visits). Findings showed tha...
    Date: July 28, 2022
  • Antipsychotic Prescribing Decreased in VA Nursing Homes, but Prescribing Alternative Drugs, such as Opioids, Increased
    This study sought to evaluate national trends in prescribing antipsychotic and other central nervous system (CNS)-active medications for Veterans with dementia residing in VA nursing homes, as well as how use has changed over time. Findings showed that antipsychotic use steadily decreased between FY2009 and FY2018 (from 34% to 28%), with similar declines in anxiolytic prescribing (from 34% to 27%)...
    Date: May 26, 2022
  • Predictive Tool Associated with 22% Lower Odds of All-Cause Mortality among High-Risk Veterans Taking Opioids
    In 2018, VA mandated a case review intervention that targeted patients who had been prescribed opioid analgesics and who were at high risk of adverse outcomes. The Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation (STORM), a provider-facing dashboard that uses predictive analytics to stratify patients prescribed opioids based on their risk for overdose/suicide, was developed to identify these patient...
    Date: May 2, 2022
  • High Virologic Cure Rates for Hepatitis C Virus among Veterans with Opioid Use Disorder Treated with Elbasvir/Grazoprevir
    Elbasvir (EBR)/grazoprevir (GZR) is a fixed-dose combination treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV). This study sought to evaluate the real-world effectiveness of EBR/GZR among Veterans with HCV genotype (GT) 1 who also had a diagnosis of opioid use disorder (OUD). Findings showed that high rates of virologic cure were achieved among VA patients with HCV, OUD, and multiple comorbidities, including ...
    Date: January 25, 2022
  • Death from Overdose Involving Stimulants Increasing in Veterans
    This study sought to describe trends in stimulant-alone and stimulant and other substance use overdose deaths among Veterans and to measure patient and treatment use characteristics across stimulant-related overdose death profiles. Findings showed that the rate of deaths among Veterans from stimulant-related overdose, alone and in combination with other substances, tripled from 2012 to 2018 with t...
    Date: October 14, 2021

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( 5 of more than 56 OPIOID focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
SDR 21-108 Role of Non-pharmacological Pain Treatments in Safe and Effective Opioid Tapering in Chronic Pain Black, Anne 2022-05-01
CDA 20-231 Data to Clinical Action: Using Predictive Analytics to Improve Care of Veterans with Opioid Use Disorder Hayes, Corey 2022-04-01
SDR 21-114 Virtual MOUD Treatment: Virtual Point-of-Care Toxicology Testing to Accompany Virtual Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Hermes, Eric 2022-03-01
SDR 21-107 Diagnosing and Treating Veterans with Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse Lagisetty, Pooja 2022-01-01
IIR 20-115 Preventing Chronic Post-Surgical Pain and Prolonged Opioid Use: The Perioperative Pain Self-Management Program Hadlandsmyth, Katherine 2021-08-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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The most recent "Opioid" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
10/4/2022 The Pain Services Evaluation Program: A Partnered Evaluation Relyea, Mark  
Edmond, Sara  
6/7/2022 “I’m not an addict.” Patient experiences with taper and discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy Lovejoy, Travis  
1/10/2022 New Pain Management Collaboratory Funding Opportunity - Information Session with VA Pain & Opioid Program Offices Kligler, Benjamin  
Murray, Pete  
Kerns, Robert  
Heapy, Alicia  
Murphy, Jennifer  
1/4/2022 Access Barriers for Individuals on Prescribed Opioids for Chronic Pain Lagisetty, Pooja  
11/2/2021 Impact of Whole Health on Pain, Quality of Life and Opioid Utilization Kligler, Benjamin  

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