Multisite study focuses on opioid use during pregnancy
Dec. 5, 2019—The Vanderbilt Maternal Addiction Recovery Program is participating in a 12-site clinical trial that will compare two forms of the medication buprenorphine in treating opioid use disorder during pregnancy, and the results could have a potentially significant impact on clinical practice.
Project seeks to enhance opioid care for infants
Oct. 10, 2019—The number of opioid-exposed infants who were connected, along with their families, to outside resources upon discharge from the hospital surged in a recent six-month pilot.
New tool helps predict patients’ opioid needs after cesarean section
Aug. 29, 2019—Most women who undergo a cesarean section are sent home with more opioids than they need, but a significant proportion of women use all opioids and report unmet pain needs, according to Sarah Osmundson, MD, MS, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
VUMC receives grant for opioid education training
Aug. 29, 2019—The AAMC Opioid Education Challenge Grant Program has selected five institutions or partnering institutions to receive an award of up to $25,000 each for opioid education training.
Benzodiazepine use with opioids intensifies neonatal abstinence syndrome
Jul. 1, 2019—Babies born after being exposed to both opioids and benzodiazepines before birth are more likely to have severe drug withdrawal, requiring medications like morphine for treatment, compared to infants exposed to opioids alone.
New clinic bridges inpatient, outpatient addiction care
May. 2, 2019—New Bridge Clinic links patients with substance use disorder to follow-up care upon discharge.
Personalized pain management
Feb. 28, 2019—Understanding how natural brain chemicals with pain-relieving properties interact with administered opioids may guide personalized approaches for pain management.
QuizTime app created to aid opioid education efforts for providers
Sep. 13, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center will partner with the Tennessee Department of Health to offer workplace-based education to health professionals across the state via QuizTime, a smartphone application developed at VUMC. This continuing education activity will focus on proper utilization of opioid and non-opioid therapies in managing pain.
Study reveals opioid patients face multiple barriers to treatment
Jul. 12, 2018—In areas of the country disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis, treatment programs are less likely to accept patients paying through insurance of any type or accept pregnant women, a new Vanderbilt study found.
Study tracks impact of NAS on state Medicaid programs
Mar. 23, 2018—In the United States, one infant is born every 15 minutes with withdrawal symptoms after being exposed to opioids before birth, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Opioid use increases risk of serious infections
Feb. 12, 2018—Opioid users have a significantly increased risk of infections severe enough to require treatment at the hospital, such as pneumonia and meningitis, as compared to people who don’t use opioids.
Study seeks to reduce opioid use for chronic pain
Nov. 30, 2017—Kristin Archer, PhD, DPT, associate professor and vice chair of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, will serve as principal investigator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for a clinical trial that is examining strategies for reducing opioid use among patients with chronic pain.