A Nun, a Doctor and a Lawyer — and Deep Regret Over the Nation’s Handling of Opioids

In an Appalachian town, an unlikely group of activists recognized the early stages of the deadly drug epidemic, and fought in vain to stem its rise.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: your-feed-science Opioids and Opiates Pain-Relieving Drugs Drug Abuse and Traffic Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Nuns OxyContin (Drug) Purdue Pharma Virginia Pennington Gap, Va. Sister Beth Davies Dr. Art Van Zee Sue Ella Kobak Source Type: news

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Publication date: Available online 12 September 2019Source: EXPLOREAuthor(s): Arya. Nielsen, L.Susan. WielandAbstractCochrane is an international non-profit organization established in 1993 to produce and disseminate high quality and unbiased systematic reviews of evidence on health care interventions. At the forefront of systematic review methodology, Cochrane is generally accepted to be among the most carefully prepared and rigorous sources of systematic review evidence. There are numerous Cochrane reviews on nonpharmacologic interventions for pain and multiple Cochrane reviews evaluating acupuncture therapy in pain cond...
Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
While Suboxone can be a helpful tool for many, it is important to also understand its addictive nature. Because it is an opioid, wondering if you can form an addiction to Suboxone can be answered simply: Yes. Although the rates of addiction are much smaller than those of other opioids, it is still important to take their addictive properties seriously and get help if you start to notice the signs and symptoms of addiction to Suboxone. What is Suboxone? According to their own website, Suboxone is a prescription medicine that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat adults who are depe...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Substance Abuse addiction treatment addictionologist detox drug detox medical detox medicated-assisted detox prescription drug detox prescription medication suboxone Source Type: blogs
Dr. Will McCauley had just finished his shift at a small Dallas animal clinic when he went home, fed his pet pot-bellied pig and then held a loaded handgun to his head. The 33-year-old veterinarian was wracked with student debt and worn down by the daily demands at work, which included euthanizing dogs and cats and being vilified by pet owners for not meeting their expectations. “I was tired in this miserable state of mind,” he says. “It just drained me so much.” For reasons he attributes to either fear or hope, McCauley didn’t kill himself that summer day in 2016, and he quit his job later th...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized animals health Suicide suicide prevention Source Type: news
Opioid analgesic misuse and abuse has given rise to an epidemic that has added to an increase in opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Adults with persistent noncancer pain (PNCP) are primarily treated with opioid analgesics. Many remain on these medications long term. Most of these patients are unaware of other effective measures for managing PNCP, such as nonpharmacologic modalities (NPMs). This lack of familiarity with NPMs presents a key contributor to the problem of NPM underuse among adult PNCP patients.
Source: Pain Management Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 9 September 2019Source: Journal of Theoretical BiologyAuthor(s): Wendy K. Caldwell, Benjamin Freedman, Luke Settles, Michael M. Thomas, Erika T. Camacho, Stephen WirkusAbstractThe prescription drug epidemic in the United States has gained attention in recent years. Vicodin, along with its generic version, is the country’s mostly widely prescribed pain reliever, and it contains a narcotic component that can lead to physical and chemical dependency. The majority of Vicodin abusers were first introduced via prescription, unlike other drugs which are often experienced for the first time...
Source: Journal of Theoretical Biology - Category: Biology Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: The epidemic of nonmedical use of prescription opioids (NMUPOs) has been fueled in part by the availability of leftover, legitimately prescribed opioids. In children, outpatient urological procedures are among the most common surgeries performed, but data are lacking to guide appropriate postoperative opioid prescribing. The aim of this study was to compare the amount of prescribed opioid medication to the amount taken for acute pain after minor pediatric urological surgery and to determine the disposition of excess opioid. In addition, we explored whether distinct patient characteristics and ...
Source: Anesthesia and Analgesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Anesth Analg Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: There are still insufficient data to support stem cell injections for back pain. Additional RCTs with long-term follow-up are necessary before statements can be made regarding the efficacy and safety. PMID: 31491761 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Neurosurgery.Spine - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: J Neurosurg Spine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 3 September 2019Source: EXPLOREAuthor(s): Ben Kligler
Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsCollectively, these findings suggest there may be utility in assessing and treating alcohol and cannabis use problems among persons with chronic pain who are using opioids for pain management.
Source: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Source: American Medical Association (AMA). Published: 9/2019. This 30-page report summarizes an analysis of the response to the opioid epidemic by four states: Colorado, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The analysis focuses on state efforts in six key areas to identify best practices and provide a roadmap for all states to follow in order to increase access to high-quality, evidence-based treatment for persons with a substance use disorder (SUD) or who need comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multimodal pain care, and to increase access to naloxone to save lives from overdose. (PDF)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
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