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New Jersey Pharmacists Are Given New Tools in the Form of an Old Drug to Combat Opioid Overdoses

By Tera Lynn Rule, Pharm.D., Esq., and John E. Morrone, Esq. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Opioids include both prescription drugs, such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Percocet, and Oxycontin and illegal drugs such as Heroin. Both prescription opioids and heroin killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, which was more than any year on record. Although street-drugs are considered by the general public to be the root-cause of the epidemic, nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. Policy and law makers have begun to take notice; as a result, many pharmacists are becoming re-acquainted with an old drug, Naloxone. Opioids work by attaching themselves to the body’s natural opioid receptors and numbing or reducing pain. However, opioids may also create a sense of euphoria that is highly addictive, with many people becoming addicted after only a few doses or even when taking opioids exactly as prescribed. Naloxone is an “opioid antagonist,” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose, whether from prescription or illegal opioids. It is a non-scheduled, non-addictive prescription medication used to counteract life-threatening depression of …

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HIPAA Enforcement: How to Survive HHS Audits and Manage Data Breaches

Download the webinar slides. Failure to protect patient information can impact your business’ finances, reputation, and future. In this recorded webinar, John E. Morrone, Esq. discusses how the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) enforces HIPAA standards. Covered topics include penalties for HIPAA violations, including escalating fines and the subjection of providers to corrective action plans. In this presentation, participants will learn about: The focus of government audits Special considerations for mental health professionals Common causes of data breaches and how to prevent them Effective ways to respond to data breaches This webinar is presented through a partnership with Mediware.