The rapid growth in opioid overdoses has put a spotlight on prescribing patterns, with increased pressure on clinicians to reduce opioid prescribing, especially for long-term management of chronic, noncancer pain. This brief is the result of interviews conducted with people with a disability due to arthritis, who are on long-term opioids or have stopped taking opioids after developing an opioid use disorder.
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1 Aug 2019
Q & A
As an expert on substance use disorders, Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, M.D., directs the Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions at AIR (AIR CARES). She is board certified in family medicine, preventive medicine/public heath, and addiction medicine and holds a Master of Public Health degree in health disparities and human rights.
10 Jun 2019
Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, director of AIR’s Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (AIR CARES) and a practicing physician at Heartland Alliance Health in Chicago, discusses her personal experience in treating patients with addiction and how research can help tackle the opioid epidemic.
8 Nov 2018
Q & A
Cross-sector collaboration is crucial to address the opioid crisis, and AIR’s new center on opioids is poised to play a role. The Center’s director, Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, addresses this and more.
11 Jul 2018
What role can data play in developing community-based approaches to opioid misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery? How can data help health, law enforcement, and criminal justice professionals—and community members—better understand the opioid crisis in their localities and develop targeted interventions? AIR held a Capitol Hill briefing to address these questions on June 18, 2018.
14 Jun 2018
Expanding local access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a critical step towards improving the lives of people with opioid use disorder and starting to curb the epidemic. Susan Heil talks about the barriers to adopting MAT and what can be done to assist its adoption, especially in rural areas with fewer primary care providers and prescribers.
14 Jun 2018
In the Field
Like many other states, Tennessee is facing an opioid epidemic. As part of their Prevention for States activities, the Tennessee Department of Health chose to host three community summits and engaged AIR to serve as a facilitator for these workshops in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis in April 2018.
25 Sep 2017
As communities across the country mark National Recovery Month, Roger Jarjoura explains why recovery can be particularly challenging for youth, and how the juvenile justice system must address their specific needs.
20 Jul 2017
Prescription drug misuse and abuse has reached epidemic proportions, with negative consequences for families and communities across the country. Mona Kilany explains how connecting prescribers with the proper tools and knowledge can help them address this significant public health issue in their practices.
14 Jul 2017
Increasing rates of opioid misuse, overdose, and death in America represent a complex public health emergency that merits widespread public and private resources and solutions. This brochure describes AIR's response to this public health crisis.