Cannabis proven an effective alternative form of pain relief for elderly patients, allowing many to quit taking dangerous meds, research finds

(Natural News) President Trump announced last year that the opioid epidemic was a “public health emergency” and called for the medical community to look for alternative therapies to battle the growing crisis. The President cited the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics which places drug overdose as the leading cause of...
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Publication date: November 2018Source: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, Volume 39, Issue 11Author(s): David H. Epstein, Markus Heilig, Yavin ShahamThe epidemic of addiction and overdose is real. Addiction among pain patients accounts for only a small proportion but a large number. Scientific opinion leaders can be most effective on two fronts, each relatively low-tech: dissemination and oversight of empirically established treatments, and promulgation of social-science-based strategies for population-level prevention.
Source: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Who was Ryan Haight? Ryan Haight was an 18-year-old honor student from La Mesa, California who died on February 12, 2001, from an overdose of hydrocodone ordered from an online doctor he never saw — and shipped to his home from a rogue online pharmacy during the beginning of the opioid epidemic. The pharmacist, Clayton Fuchs, filled the online prescription and thousands more like it along with four doctors who authorized the prescriptions. All five were charged in 2002 and subsequently either pleaded guilty or were convicted several months later. The four doctors involved in the conspiracy were paid between $40 to $1...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Meds Medications Pain Management Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: Sharp opioid dose restriction in outpatient treatment increases heroin and fentanyl use, explaining why recent years' decrease in United States opioid prescriptions has not reduced national mortality rates. Although Harm Reduction is the safest, most effective single approach, combining three interventions while improving pain and addiction prescribing practices is optimal. SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: Scientific research needs to inform choice of opioid overuse interventions. (Am J Addict 2018;XX:1-3). PMID: 30311993 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal on Addictions - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Am J Addict Source Type: research
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The MAReport: the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter is now available! This quarter, Executive Director Kate Flewelling wrote about how the National Library of Medicine and National Network of Libraries of Medicine are responding to the opioid crisis, including details on a new class that will be offered for the first time on November 28. National Network of Libraries of Medicine News Funding Applications Due: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, ...
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A bipartisan legislative package passed yesterday by Congress takes many important steps toward combating the opioid crisis with a broad range of opioid treatment and prevention programs, said APA in astatement.“Opioid use disorder has taken a heavy toll on the health and well-being of Americans,” commented APA President Altha J. Stewart, M.D. “APA is grateful to see bipartisan support for increased access to treatment for substance use disorders [SUD], including expanded access to residential treatm ent and medication-assisted treatment.”APA was disappointed, however, that the bill failed to includ...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Altha Stewart confidentiality HIPAA HR 6 HR 6082 opioid use disorder substance use disorder Support for Patients and Communities Act Source Type: research
Background: The opioid epidemic demands changes in perioperative pain management. Of the 33,000 deaths attributable to opioid overdose in 2015, half received prescription opioids. Multimodal analgesia is a practice-altering evolution that reduces reliance on opioid medications. Ambulatory breast surgery is an ideal opportunity to implement these strategies. Methods: A retrospective review of 560 patients undergoing outpatient breast procedures was conducted. Patients received (1) no preoperative analgesia (n = 333); (2) intraoperative intravenous acetaminophen (n = 78); (3) preoperative oral acetaminophen and gabapent...
Source: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Breast: Original Articles Source Type: research
This article analyzes these complex issues and proposes strategies to help clinicians improve patient care through education and responsible prescribing.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants - Category: Primary Care Tags: Special Article Source Type: research
Drug overdose has become the leading cause of death in Americans under age 50, with 66% from opioid abuse, and the FDA has declared an opioid epidemic in the US. As of 2016, more than 289 million prescriptions per year were for opioids, and 12-17 year olds were one-third of all new abusers. The majority of patients seen by oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) for wisdom tooth removal fall into this age group, and OMSs commonly prescribe opioids for several days for post-operative analgesia. However, as more evidence is presented, it is apparent that opioids may not be required routinely, and adequate pain control may be a...
Source: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Anesthesia Abstract Session Source Type: research
ConclusionsOur current opioid prescription practice for postoperative pain management may exceed what patients need.
Source: International Urogynecology Journal - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Conclusion: This anesthetic prescription can be useful for opioid-naïve patients as well as for patients with chronic pain that is managed with opioids. PMID: 30258291 [PubMed]
Source: Ochsner Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Ochsner J Source Type: research
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