Richard A. Denisco

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Misuse of prescription opioid medications has continued as a major public health problem in the United States. Review of major epidemiologic databases shows that the prevalence of opioid misuse rose markedly through the 1990s and the early part of the current decade. In this same period of time, the number of prescriptions for chronic noncancer pain(More)
Assessing and mitigating the abuse liability (AL) of analgesics is an urgent clinical and societal problem. Analgesics have traditionally been assessed in randomized clinical trials (RCTs) designed to demonstrate analgesic efficacy relative to placebo or an active comparator. In these trials, rigorous, prospectively designed assessment for AL is generally(More)
In a simulated monitoring situation, 21 anesthesia residents were tested for their ability to detect significant changes in four critical variables in the presence of a concurrent distraction. Each resident was tested after a night without clinical responsibility, (rested) and after 24 hours of in-house call (fatigued). When fatigued, the residents scored(More)
Opioids are essential to the management of pain in many patients, but they also are associated with potential risks for abuse, overdose, and diversion. A number of efforts have been devoted to the development of abuse-deterrent formulations of opioids to reduce these risks. This article summarizes a consensus meeting that was organized to propose(More)
The emergency department (ED) visit provides an opportunity to impact the health of the public throughout the entire spectrum of care, from prevention to treatment. As the federal government has a vested interest in funding research and providing programmatic opportunities that promote the health of the public, emergency medicine (EM) is prime to develop a(More)
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