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  • Opioids

    How Often Are Opioids Prescribed Without a Pain Diagnosis?

    Sep 14, 2018

    Opioid use increased dramatically in the last two decades, eclipsing the increase in patient pain. Nearly 30 percent of opioid prescriptions in the U.S. between 2006 and 2015 were written without an accompanying pain diagnosis.

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine

    Managing Pain with Alternative Therapies

    Aug 24, 2018

    About 126 million adults report having pain in the past three months. Alternative and integrative therapies, such as acupuncture, mindfulness (meditation), and Tai Chi, may help some individuals manage their pain. This infographic compiles information from hundreds of reviews of the evidence on the effect of these three therapies on different types of pain.

  • Opioids

    NIH Funds RAND Corporation Opioid Research Center Dedicated to Policies for Addressing the National Crisis

    Sep 10, 2018

    A research center dedicated to identifying effective policies for combating the nation's opioid epidemic has been established at the RAND Corporation, supported by a $7.2 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

  • Opioids

    China's Role in the U.S. Synthetic Opioid Market

    Sep 6, 2018

    Illicitly sourced synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, are involved in most of today's overdose deaths. Though most of these substances appear to come from China, many dimensions of this problem are unclear. Understanding the shifting supply of opioids is critical to addressing the overdose crisis.

  • Health Care Quality Measurement

    Create Your Own Hospital Ratings

    Aug 29, 2018

    The Personalized Hospital Performance Report Card lets you review, customize, and compare hospitals across the United States. Create your own custom ratings based on the hospital performance areas that are most important to you.

  • Underage Substance Use

    How Marijuana Ads Affect Youth: Q&A with Elizabeth D'Amico

    Aug 21, 2018

    RAND's Elizabeth D'Amico discusses her research on how medical marijuana advertising influences adolescents' use of—and positive attitudes toward—the drug. Los Angeles County used her findings to limit the placement of marijuana billboards and signage outside dispensaries.

  • Health Insurance Mandates

    Understanding the Impact of the Elimination of the Individual Mandate Penalty

    Aug 10, 2018

    Starting in 2019, the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty will be eliminated, effectively ending the law's requirement that most people have health insurance. While declines in coverage and increases in premiums are likely, the magnitudes of these effects are highly uncertain.

  • Opioids

    An In-Depth Look at the Opioid Epidemic

    Jul 12, 2018

    Opioids are powerful medicine for pain management. But many factors, including over-prescribing, misuse, and addiction, have led to a national health crisis. As policymakers and affected members of the public look for solutions, RAND Health examines potential policies and interventions to address both the causes and effects of the opioid crisis.

  • Substance Abuse Treatment

    Improving Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment

    Sep 1, 2018

    Treatment for opioid addiction and other substance use disorders often exists apart from primary care. It's also difficult to access and under-resourced. In response to these challenges, RAND's Katherine Watkins developed an innovative approach to addiction treatment through primary care settings.

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