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Managing pain key to managing opioid addiction

Opioid addiction is labeled an epidemic, and Minnesota is not immune.  While there are multiple schools of thought on the source of the epidemic, the number of deaths related to this class of drugs continues to rise, in some states, by more than 100 percent in the last few years. Recent reports show more Americans now die from heroin overdoses than from gun homicides. An even greater number of individuals succumb to prescription opioid overdose.

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Increasing naloxone’s accessibility, as the drug marks one year in Minnesota pharmacies

Since Naloxone was made available at Minnesota pharmacies in October 2015, education on how to administer the opioid overdose antidote has been growing. Many CPR classes, such as those offered through The American Heart Association and the American Red Cross, now include it.

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‘Overdose antidote’ naloxone marks one year of availability in Minnesota

It has now been one full year since naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, has been available at pharmacies here in Minnesota. The increased availability of the life-saving drug has made a difference according to medical professionals at the University of Minnesota.

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Precision medicine: Tailoring treatment to your DNA

Imagine if an individual’s DNA could be matched to the most effective medication to treat his or her case specifically. Using pharmacogenomics, researchers and providers are getting closer to achieving this goal.

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Research snapshot: At-home medication therapy management services beneficial for some patients

Managing medications can be difficult. An aging population with a variety of health challenges brings the need for more at-home care options, especially for managing medications.

Shannon Reidt, Pharm.D., MPH, assistant professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, and her team members found that at-home pharmacy visits can help people better manage their medications.

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Pharmacists bridge gap between mental health care and primary health care systems

A 53-year-old man from northern Minnesota had been seeing his mental health doctor for years, but never received care from a primary care doctor. When the man noticed heart-related side effects from his medications, it was time for him to seek primary care. But since he had never seen a primary care doctor in his lifetime, the process of setting up an appointment, sitting in the waiting room and seeing a new doctor was overwhelming.

Mark Schneiderhan, Pharm.D., a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, and an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy in Duluth, says the process of going to a primary care doctor can prevent mentally ill patients from seeking primary care, an essential piece to their overall health care.

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