The Coroner Gives The WA Government A Serve On Delays In Implementation Of Prescription Monitoring.

This appeared last week:Coroner questions chief pharmacist ’s real-time monitoring optimism He says former soldier would not have sourced drugs if a system was in place22nd May 2019By Heather SaxenaA coroner has expressed frustration at ongoing delays in the provision of real-time monitoring and suggested that a young former soldier might not have died if WA had such a system.During an inquest into the oxycodone toxicity death of the 24-year-old Afghanistan veteran, Coroner Barry King also scoffed at a suggestion by the state’s chief pharmacist that the state would soon have a system.The inquest heard that the former soldier was given a “signifi cant supply” of oxycodone after injuring his hip and ankle in Afghanistan.After returning to Australia, he was diagnosed with PTSD and, after further treatment for his injuries, quickly developed an addiction to opioids and benzodiazepines.He was able to obtain 27 prescriptions for oxycodone over 99 attendances with 24 doctors, sometimes... This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
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Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Medications Professional Stigma Substance Abuse Effects Of Cannabis Legalizing Marijuana Psychosis Stigmatization Substance Use THC Source Type: news
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Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Abuse Codependence Domestic Violence PTSD Trauma Violence & Aggression Abusive Relationship Estrangement Guilt no contact Traumatic Experience Source Type: news
(University of California - Irvine) The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded Dr. Tallie Z. Baram of the University of California, Irvine a five-year, $15 million Silvio O. Conte Center grant. The funding will allow her interdisciplinary team to continue studying how unpredictable parental and environmental signals influence an infant's vulnerability later in life to cognitive and emotional problems, such as risky behaviors, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General PTSD Self-Help Trauma 4th Of July Combat Veteran Fireworks Hypersensitivity triggers Source Type: blogs
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Source: Behavioural Brain Research - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Behav Brain Res Source Type: research
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Source: Addictive Behaviors - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addict Behav Source Type: research
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