Today ’s Drug Abusers Did Not Derive From Yesterday’s Patients

We  learned last week that the 2017 drug overdose numbers reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clearly show most opioid-related deaths are due to illicit fentanyl and heroin, while deaths due to prescription opioids have stabilized, continuing a steady trend for the past several years. I’ve encouraged using the term “Fentanyl Crisis” rather than “Opioid Crisis” to describe the situation, because it more accurately points to its cause—nonmedical users accessing drugs in the dangerous black market fueled by drug prohibition—hoping this wi ll redirect attention and lead to reforms that are more likely to succeed. But the media and policymakers remain unshakably committed to the idea that the overdose crisis is the product of greedy pharmaceutical companies manipulating gullible and poorly-trained doctors into over-prescribing opioids for patients in pain and ensnaring them in the nightmare of addiction.As a result, most of the focus has been on pressing health care practitioners to decrease their prescribing, imposing guidelines and ceilings on daily dosages that may be prescribed, and creating surveillance boards to enforce these parameters. These guidelines are  not evidence-based, as Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb seems to  realize, and have led to the abrupt tapering of chronic pain patients off of their medication, making many suffer desp...
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CONCLUSIONS: Participants reported varying levels of provider-family collaboration. The extent of collaborations and support exchange may have implications on the psychological well-being of those providing care to individuals with dementia including families and providers. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: It may be beneficial to identify providers and families who perceive low levels of collaboration and implement intervention to facilitate positive social interactions. Developing organizational culture and payment systems that value high-quality social interactions may help enhance the psychological well-being of service provi...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research
Determination of atomoxetine or escitalopram in human plasma by HPLC: Applications in neuroscience research studies
. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2020 May 25;: Authors: Teichert J, Rowe JB, Ersche KD, Skandali N, Sacher J, Aigner A, Regenthal R Abstract BACKGROUND: Atomoxetine and escitalopram are potent and selective drugs approved for noradrenergic or serotonergic modulation of neuronal networks in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression, respectively. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods still play an important role in the therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of ...
Source: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther Source Type: research
Conclusions and Relevance: Because there are 74.0 million children 0 to 17 years old in the United States, the projected numbers of severe cases could overextend available pediatric hospital care resources under several moderate CPIP scenarios for 2020 despite lower severity of COVID-19 in children than in adults.
Source: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice - Category: Health Management Tags: Research Reports: Research Full Report Source Type: research
Conclusions: Maternal health risks were associated with increased adult preventive visits, but 38% of dyads had no adult preventive visits in the year following birth. Most dyads had more opportunities for preventive care in pediatric settings than adult settings.
Source: Medical Care - Category: Health Management Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Conclusions: The SF-6Dv2 classification system describes more distinct levels of health than SF-6D, changes the descriptions used for a number of dimensions and provides clearer wording for health state valuation. The second stage of the study has developed a utility value set using discrete choice methods so that the measure can be used in health technology assessment. Further work should investigate the psychometric characteristics of the new instrument.
Source: Medical Care - Category: Health Management Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Conclusions: We developed and applied a protocol to value the SF-6Dv2 using DCE. The results provide a provisional value set for use in resource allocation. The protocol can be applied internationally. Further work should investigate how to account for preference heterogeneity in value set production.
Source: Medical Care - Category: Health Management Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 27 May 2020Source: Urology Case ReportsAuthor(s): Ye Ji Lee, Ji Hyeong Yu, Jae Yoon Kim, Woo Yong Lee, Yun Hee Lim
Source: Urology Case Reports - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 24 May 2020Source: Urology Case ReportsAuthor(s): Victor Otaño-Rivera, Raju Chelluri, Thomas J. Guzzo, Alan J. Wein, Phillip Mucksavage
Source: Urology Case Reports - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 27 May 2020Source: Preventive MedicineAuthor(s): Marian E. Betz, Michael D. Anestis
Source: Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
BACKGROUND: Smartphones are convenient for college students. However, overuse of smartphone or smartphone addiction, can lead to problems related to healthy development. The cause of smartphone addiction can be traced to adverse childhood experiences such ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
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