A new prescribing alert helps physicians quickly understand how and why they should offer a naloxone prescription to a patient at high risk for an opioid overdose. The alert contains key facts about the patient’s history, such as previous overdoses and whether a benzodiazepine has also been prescribed. The alert has led to a dramatic increase in naloxone prescribing, which was described in a recent article in Anesthesia & Analgesia.
Peter Martin, M.D., professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, has published his latest book, Historical Vocabulary of Addiction. This book is intended for all psychiatrists and others who are interested in mental disorders, especially those who have not viewed patients who suffer from addictive disorders as typically in their bailiwick.