Global Health: ‘ Opiophobia ’ Has Left Africa in Agony

Uganda has a strategy for giving scarce morphine to patients in pain. But many poor nations won ’ t emulate its effort because officials fear an opioid epidemic.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Hospice Care Morphine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Cancer Uganda Source Type: news

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Publication date: Available online 23 June 2018Source: Integrative Medicine ResearchAuthor(s): Mohamed K.M. Khalil, Sulaiman Al-Eidi, Meshary Al-Qaed, Saud AlSanadAbstractSaudi Arabia is witnessing a healthcare transformation to face the challenges of the increased burden of noncommunicable diseases and to maintain the quality of healthcare services. However, in Saudi Arabia, where low back and neck pain, depressive disorders, migraine, diabetes, and anxiety disorders cause the most disability, a broader way of integrative health approach is needed to foster healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages. In the presenc...
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Publication date: May–June 2018Source: EXPLORE, Volume 14, Issue 3Author(s): Heather Tick, Arya Nielsen, Kenneth R. Pelletier, Robert Bonakdar, Samantha Simmons, Ronald Glick, Emily Ratner, Russell L. Lemmon, Peter Wayne, Veronica Zador, The Pain Task Force of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and HealthABSTRACTMedical pain management is in crisis; from the pervasiveness of pain to inadequate pain treatment, from the escalation of prescription opioids to an epidemic in addiction, diversion and overdose deaths. The rising costs of pain care and managing adverse effects of that care have prompted action ...
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Publication date: Available online 23 June 2018Source: Integrative Medicine ResearchAuthor(s): Mohamed K.M. Khalil, Sulaiman Al-Eidi, Meshary Al-Qaed, Saud AlSanadAbstractSaudi Arabia is witnessing a healthcare transformation to face the challenges of the increased burden of noncommunicable diseases and to maintain the quality of healthcare services. However, in Saudi Arabia, where low back and neck pain, depressive disorders, migraine, diabetes, and anxiety disorders cause the most disability, a broader way of integrative health approach is needed to foster healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages. In the presenc...
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I have written previously about the raging opioid epidemic in Ohio.  Attacking and reversing this tidal wave will require many weapons, resources and time.  Opioid addiction is a crafty and elusive adversary that will be difficult to vanquish.  Our battle plan will have to be nimble and adjusted over time, much as military leaders must do in actual armed conflict. Here in Ohio and elsewhere, physicians must abide by new prescribing restrictions.  Prior to prescribing a controlled pain medicine, doctors are required to check the patients OARRS report online, which catalogues the ...
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Efforts to improve treatment of pain using opioids have to adequately take into account their therapeutic shortcomings which involve addictiveness. While there are no signs of an “opioid epidemic” in Germany s...
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The crushing toll of the opioid crisis is daily news, including stories about ways to “fix” it. A wide array of initiatives has been brought forward in an attempt to curb this epidemic and the damage it causes. Prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) are one of them. The goal of PMPs is a good one — to identify patients who are being prescribed multiple medications by multiple clinicians. It is a means to introduce some stewardship for preventing overuse and misuse of prescription drugs. How prescription monitoring programs work Prescription monitoring programs are state-based electronic databases that pr...
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By STEVEN FINDLAY President Trump is scheduled to deliver a major speech on drug prices today.  This post is intended to start a dialogue on what he says and proposes.      It’s unclear whether Trump will provide specifics or whether those will be rolled out in coming weeks.   As is always the case with Trump, there’s concern he’ll go off script despite apparent careful preparation of the speech.      The speech is reportedly going to coincide with an RFI from HHS on ways to restrain drug prices, building on ideas proposed in the administration’s fiscal 2019 b...
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Publication date: Available online 1 March 2018 Source:EXPLORE Author(s): Heather Tick, Arya Nielsen, Kenneth R. Pelletier, Robert Bonakdar, Samantha Simmons, Ronald Glick, Emily Ratner, Russell L. Lemmon, Peter Wayne, Veronica Zador Consortium Pain Taskforce White Paper Summary Evidence-based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care Supplementary information can be found in the online version at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2018.02.001. Medical pain management is in crisis; from the pervasiveness of pain to inadequate pain treatment, from the escalation of prescription opioids to an epidemic in addict...
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