Misc. informational materials

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Information on how AAA members can save money prescriptions at participating pharmacies.
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This step-by-step guide provides medical professionals a clear clinical plan from patient history intake to follow-up visit after administering XR-Naltrexone injections.
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Overdose Recognition & Prevention

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It is important to be able to recognize and prevent overdose in your patients.
Signs and symptoms of buprenorphine overdose:
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Weakness
  • Constricted pupils (Note: after brain damage occurs, pupils may dilate)
  • Hypotension
  • Loss of consciousness/unresponsiveness
  • Respiratory depression

Of these, respiratory depression may be fatal if untreated (SAMHSA, 2004).

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Overdose: Treatment

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Buprenorphine overdose can be treated by following the recommended steps.

Buprenorphine overdose is treated with supportive care and an opioid antagonist, such as naloxone, to displace the buprenorphine. Recommendations for treating opioid overdose, for adults, are as follows:

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Naloxone for Overdose

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Naloxone can be used as a rescue medication if the patient has overdosed.
Naloxone Overdose Reversal Kit

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A learning activity that includes the different clinical models of buprenorphine induction, the associated evidence, and the pros and cons of each.
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PCSSMAT.org
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Provides updated guidelines for the operation of opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Covers patient assessment, treatment planning, medication-assisted treatment (methadone and buprenorphine), overdose and relapse prevention, and recovery care.
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SAMHSA
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Buprenorphine Product Formulations Comparison

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Compares the different formulations of buprenorphine products made by different drug companies.
Product How Supplied (Buprenorphine / Naloxone mg) Induction
Dosage Increments
(until opioid withdrawal signs and symptoms are suppressed)
Recommended Target Dose for Maintenance Instruction
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Bulletin describes the phenomenon of protracted withdrawal from addictive substances, including opioids, lasting months to years.
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SAMHSA
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