All U.S. Adults Should Be Screened for Illicit Drug Use, National Panel Urges

TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2019 -- Amid an ongoing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse, a national panel on Tuesday advised that doctors routinely screen all adults for illicit drug use. That includes the misuse of prescribed medications, noted the U.S....
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CONCLUSIONS: Given increasing rates of opioid addiction and death, viable solutions are universally needed. Successful intervention measures should be widely shared between military, veteran, and civilian healthcare and public health communities. Increased collaboration between these groups could inculcate successful programs to prevent and decrease opioid use. Results received from recent military and veterans' programs for prescription and electronic medical record (EMR) monitoring and data sharing may also prove useful for civilian healthcare providers and hospital systems. Future evaluations from ongoing federally fund...
Source: Military Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Mil Med Source Type: research
New largescale study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found overprescription of opioids by dentists common, particularly to patients at high risk for substance abuse, and that almost 1/3 of patients received more powerful drugs than neededElsevierIMAGE: In this cross-sectional analysis of 542,958 dental visits by adult patients, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 2 opioid prescriptions exceeded the recommended morphine equivalents and days'supply for...viewmore Credit: Michelle S. Woods Ann Arbor, February 4, 2020 - Dentists are among top prescribers of opioids in the US, however, whether their opioid prescrib...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - Category: Dentistry Source Type: news
The opioid epidemic plaguing the country is hitting New Hampshire especially hard as one of the top five states most affected. The issue has become a top priority for Democratic primary candidates visiting rehab clinics across the state, though for many families, the damage is already done. Major Garrett speaks to members of the Wilson family, who dealt with several generations of drug addiction for the CBS News series Every State Has A Story.
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Our ability to feel pain and react to it is both a boon and a curse, simultaneously. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.” This means that pain is highly subjective, and it is informed by a mix of past experiences, our current emotional state, and future expectations. Since pain is an emotional and sensory experience it affects our quality of life immensely, and treatment is complex. Chronic pain management with opioids is not ideal Opioids...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Mind body medicine Pain Management Source Type: blogs
Incredibly interesting story regarding the start of the opioid crisis in America. As an aspiring pharmacist entering my first year of pharmacy school I feel as though the opioid epidemic is something I will surely have to face in the future. I am wondering if any current Pharmacists have any stories they’d like to share with regards to dispensing opioids and/or other addictive medication and with dealing with the opioid epidemic.
Source: Student Doctor Network - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Pharmacy Source Type: forums
Authors: Conti Mica M, Ring D, Hsu JR, Mir H Abstract The opioid epidemic in the United States has changed how medicine is practiced. There are tools and resources available to help the surgeon understand pain and provide appropriate pain management. Understanding pain, setting expectations, and diagnosing underlying medical dispositions that can lead to opioid addiction should become standard practice. Understanding available tools for communication, setting appropriate expectations, and preoperative planning for postoperative pain will provide better pain control. Through physical, mental, and medicinal modalitie...
Source: Instructional Course Lectures - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Instr Course Lect Source Type: research
If you were to sum up the overall health of a nation in one single number, what would that be? At the top of the list, you would likely find average life expectancy — the total number of years, on average, that a person in a country can expect to live. Wars, famine, and economic crises are expected to lower life expectancy. Breakthroughs in science, strong economies, and behaviors like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and avoiding tobacco typically raise average life expectancy. An amazing rise, a surprising fall Between 1959 and 2014, the United States experienced an unprecedented increase in life expectancy, whic...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Addiction Health Health care disparities Men's Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs
The opioid overdose epidemic kills about 130 people a day in the United States and it is estimated that there are about 2.1 million people who suffer from an opioid use disorder (OUD). Academic neuroscientists, psychiatrists and the National Institute of Drug Abuse have spent the last forty-years establishing the foundation of addiction as a brain disorder. It is now clear that extended opioid use causes multiple important and at times, irreversible changes to the brain, especially to its dopamine and opioid systems.
Source: Journal of the Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
The United States continues to experience an opioid epidemic of unprecedented proportions despite FDA approval of life saving medications, such as buprenorphine. This paper describes a novel group-based buprenorphine treatment model and summarizes patient characteristics and treatment retention. This model, known as the Comprehensive Opioid Addiction Treatment (COAT) program, was developed in West Virginia, the epicenter of the opioid epidemic.
Source: Journal of the Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Purpose of review A public health emergency has been declared in response to rising opioid addiction and opioid-related deaths in the United States. As kidney stones have been identified as an important source of initial and repeated opioid exposures, this review seeks to describe the scope of the problem and report relevant alternatives to opioid analgesia for stones. Recent findings Recent literature summarizing the extent of opioid use among those with stones is reviewed. A number of opioid-minimizing strategies and analgesic regimens have been proposed and studied. A review of these modifications and alternatives ...
Source: Current Opinion in Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: FUTURE OF KIDNEY STONE MANAGEMENT: Edited by Evangelos N. Liatsikos and Benjamin K. Canales Source Type: research
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