Engaging Health Insurers in the War on Prescription Painkillers

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Valarie K. Blake is an associate professor of law at WVU focusing on health care law. She notes in The Harvard Law and Policy Review that insurance companies have reduced their exposure by failing to cover those who are addicted to opioids, and regulations have failed to force their hands.

http://harvardlpr.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Blake.pdf 

WVU researcher examines patient awareness of prescription drug risks

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“This is the first large-scale study of prescription drug use at the roadside. It gives us direction if we want to improve our knowledge of how to better prescribe and dispense prescription drugs,” said lead study author Robin Pollini, associate director of the West Virginia University School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center in Morgantown.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-driving-meds-impairment/many-drivers-ignore-or-dont-receive-warnings-about-prescription-meds-idUSKBN1D31Y2

 

Epidemiologist and harm reduction expert to share insights on opioid epidemic | WVU School of Medicine

Robin A. Pollini, PhD MPH, along with Dr. Jane Maxwell from the University of Texas at Austin, will present “The Opioid Epidemic: Lessons Learned from the United States” to the US Embassy and Consulates in Canada. The presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A session.

Source: Epidemiologist and harm reduction expert to share insights on opioid epidemic | School of Medicine | West Virginia University

West Virginians Fight To Save A Generation From Opioid Addiction, Often With Hands Tied | HuffPost

Michael Brumage, executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and an assistant dean at West Virginia University’s School of Public Health, estimates that between 80 and 90 percent of his daily work is now devoted to some aspect of the opioid epidemic. He calls it the greatest public health threat of his lifetime.

Source: West Virginians Fight To Save A Generation From Opioid Addiction, Often With Hands Tied | HuffPost

Generation Rx

The Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy developed Generation Rx, which aims to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications.

  • Prevention Education for Youth: Grants will be available to organizations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.
  • Best Practices in Pain Medication Use: Grants will be available to organizations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.

They will host two webinars (November 1 and 6, 2017), and encourage all interested applicants to join one of them. 

Source: Generation Rx