Activists on Friday placed an 800-pound heroin spoon with FDA's logo on it in front of HHS' main office to protest the agency's handling of the opioid epidemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Texas, and Virginia.
- District of Columbia: Activists on Friday placed an 800-pound heroin spoon with FDA's logo on it in front of HHS' main office to protest the agency's handling of the opioid epidemic. The protestors urged FDA to halt opioid approvals and start encouraging drugmakers to produce treatments for substance use disorders (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/8; Facher, STAT News, 4/5).
- Texas: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas plans to open 10 advanced primary care medical centers in Dallas and Houston on Jan. 1, 2020. The insurer is building the centers in partnership with Sanitas. The centers will provide services such as primary care, disease management programs, and urgent care (Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/8).
- Virginia: The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has approved five companies to open cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil dispensaries throughout the state. The dispensaries will open by the end of 2019 and will provide CBD and THC-A oils to approved patients (Burstein, Capital News Service/Sacramento Bee, 4/8)
Substance use disorder: How to keep your patients and colleagues safe
The opioid crisis continues to sweep through the U.S. and health care workers are not immune from its effects. In fact, an estimated 15% of pharmacists, 10% of nurses, and 8% of physicians are challenged with alcohol or drug dependency. As a result, some turn to drug diversion, placing the health system, its employees, and patients at risk of serious harm.
Get an overview of behavioral warning signs of drug diversion and the recommended reporting channels to keep patients and colleagues safe.