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The Stigma Of Addiction Is More Dangerous Than Drug Overdoses

People in recovery aren't feeding the stigma. It comes from people who don't understand addiction.
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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The impact of the opioid crisis struck home within the Missouri physician community on Dec. 15, 2014. That’s the day when, just two months shy of his 30th birthday, Derek succumbed to an opioid overdose. The news was devastating for his mother, Kelly O’Leary, a longtime volunteer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society Alliance, and her husband Timothy O’Leary, MD, a radiation oncologist at Mercy Jefferson Hospital near St. Louis. Since then, Kelly has become an outspoken advocate against the prescribing of opioid painkillers. She has shared her story with Alliance audiences, various community gro...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Patient Pain management Source Type: blogs
DiscussionMallinkcrodt made settlements of four legal cases since 2010, involving kickbacks to physicians, various deceptions, and anti-competitive behavior.  The settlements never involved severe enough penalties to the company to really affect its bottom line, never required admission of responsibility, or any accountability by top executives whose huge remuneration were doubtlessly based on the revenues brought in by bad behavior.  Yet US Attorney General continued the Kabuki performance by proclaiming he would " hold them accountable. "  Sessions just slapped the company on the wrist again, wit...
Source: Health Care Renewal - Category: Health Management Tags: Acthar antitrust deception executive compensation impunity kickbacks legal settlements Mallinckrodt Questcor restraint of competition Source Type: blogs
This study examines the effect of two state laws specifically designed to curtail access to prescription opioids to nonmedical users: pain management clinic and doctor shopping laws. We use administrative data on overdose deaths and admissions to specialty substance use disorder treatment coupled with a differences‐in‐differences design. Our findings suggest that both pain management clinic and doctor shopping laws have the potential to reduce prescription opioid overdose deaths. Moreover, doctor shopping laws appear to reduce prescription opioid treatment admissions. As many states have adopted these laws in recent ye...
Source: Health Economics - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research
More specialist services needed in community to tackle addiction, especially to prescribed medicines Related items fromOnMedica Doctors debate long-term use of psychiatric drugs Anxiety/insomnia pills not linked to dementia Be careful when prescribing benzodiazepines, doctors warned Greater overdose risk when opioids combined with benzodiazepines
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Years of sustained and coordinated efforts will be required to contain and reverse the harmful societal effects of the prescription and illicit opioid epidemics, which are intertwined and getting worse, says a new National Academies report that was requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The report says it is possible to stem the still-escalating prevalence of opioid use disorder and other opioid-related harms without foreclosing access to opioids for patients suffering from pain. Some of the report's recommended actions include promoting more judicious prescribing of opioids, expanding access to treatment for ...
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Nature Medicine 23, 790 (2017). doi:10.1038/nm.4374 Deaths from drug overdose are rising worldwide, in part owing to the growing epidemic of opioid addiction. Efforts to combat opioid addiction will benefit from stronger collaboration between preclinical researchers who are studying addiction and those studying chronic pain.
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Source: Addiction - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
As wepreviously discussed, the fierce debate about whether to revise, or " repeal and replace Obamacare " , more formally, the Affordable Care Act, continues in the US.  The legislators in the US House of Representatives, and then the US Senate who have written " repeal and replace " bills have done so without any obvious input from health care professionals, health care policy experts, or patients, much less legislators from the opposition party, and so far have impeded any consideration of these bills by legislative committees.  Nonetheless, many of the politicians involved in the debates, a...
Source: Health Care Renewal - Category: Health Management Tags: health care reform ill-informed management logical fallacies Source Type: blogs
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After years of fitful efforts to get doctors to prescribe fewer opioid painkillers, the nation ’s annual dose of the potentially addictive medications remained roughly three times higher in 2015 than it was in 1999, when overdose deaths began their historic climb in the U.S.A new report from the...
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