The New York Times quotes Joanna Starrels, M.D., M.S., about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's opioid prescription guidelines, which she and other experts believe are harming patients with severe chronic pain. Dr. Starrels is an associate professor medicine at Einstein and an attending physician at Montefiore.

NPR interviews Joanna Starrels, M.D., M.S., on the rise of benzodiazepine prescribing by primary care doctors. Dr. Starrels is associate professor of medicine.

New York Times quotes Dr. Joanna Starrels about the proposed Medicare rule that would deny coverage for long-term, high-dose opioid prescriptions. Dr. Starrels is an associate professor medicine at Einstein and an attending physician at Montefiore.

The Washington Post quotes Marcus Bachhuber, M.D., M.S., and Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., about their new study with Joanna Starrels, M.D., M.S., on the surge in overdose deaths from benzodiazepines. Dr. Bachhuber notes that this growing public health problem has largely flown under the radar. Dr. Bachhuber is assistant professor of medicine at Einstein and attending physician, Montefiore; Dr. Cunningham is professor of medicine and of family and social medicine at Einstein and associate chief of the division of general internal medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.

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U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDay) features new research by Joanna Starrels, M.D., M.S., that found patients on painkillers, such as oxycodone, are frequently not closely monitored by the primary care doctors who prescribed the drugs. The study found that only 24 percent of those patients considered high-risk for drug abuse underwent drug testing and were more likely to get frequent refills than patients without a history of drug abuse. Dr. Starrels says the finding that doctors did not increase precautions for patients at highest risk for opioid misuse should bring attention to an important safety concern and be a call for a standardized approach to monitoring. Dr. Starrels is an assistant professor of medicine.

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