Imaging for substance use disorder increasing in ED

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The opioid epidemic has had far reaching consequences for bariatric surgeons. We have had an awakening and have collectively realized that our sub-specialty has to do a better job at protecting our patients from this destructive addiction process. In a study of nine hospital systems in the US, 4.0% of patients who were not chronic opioid users prior to bariatric surgery converted to chronic use after surgery.1 Another similar study indicated that 77% of bariatric surgical patients who were on chronic pain medicines prior to surgery, not only remained on opioid therapy post surgically , but collectively increased their over...
Source: Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
The overprescribing of opioid pain relievers (OPR) has led to a significant increase in opioid addiction and overdose. A cornerstone of combating the opioid epidemic is the development of peri-operative evidence based guidelines to standardize OPR prescribing practices and of opioid sparing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols. ERAS has been found to reduce the volume of OPR prescribed while improving outcomes and overall patient satisfaction in adult gynecologic and multiple pediatric surgical specialties.
Source: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Source Type: research
Addiction experts are calling the coronavirus pandemic a national relapse trigger. Online support groups, doctors and even federal agencies are rushing to aid people in recovery.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Therapy and Rehabilitation Alcohol Abuse Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Alcoholics Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous Naloxone (Drug) Epidemics Mental Health and Disorders Source Type: news
Jeffrey A. SingerIn order to facilitate social distancing among people in treatment for opioid use disorder, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration relaxed some onerous regulations surrounding the use of buprenorphine or methadone in Medication Assisted Treatment.For health care providers to prescribe buprenorphine on an ambulatory setting to patients with addiction, they must apply for an “X waiver” on the narcotics prescribing license they get from the DEA. This is an onerous process that has resulted in a paltry...
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With the rise of the opioid epidemic, stories of addiction and its casualties feature prominently in the media with unprecedented frequency. According to the CDC, in 2016, more than 60,000 individuals died of drug overdose. Though we would like to imagine that this modern-day plague has left youths untouched, research suggests otherwise. According to the authors of Brief Interventions for Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Use, “when considering substance use etiology and interventions, one obvious reason to focus on adolescence is because that’s where the drugs are” (p 17).
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Book forum Source Type: research
I suspect that many of us have had our hearts broken by learning that a friend, a relative, or just a favorite famous personality had succumbed to the life-destroying effects of opioids. We may also despair that this scourge is taking away some of our finest and brightest young people. We may meet patients whose addiction to these painkillers is killing not only their pain but the patients themselves. Yet, do we ever acknowledge that we may be partly responsible for this new epidemic? That despite well-intentioned desire to reduce pain, we may be prescribing death?
Source: Journal of Vascular Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Invited commentary Source Type: research
Conclusion: This research revealed the high prevalence of MetS in the community. The effective primordial and primary level of prevention along with prevailing secondary or tertiary level of prevention should have been employed to curtail the epidemic of MetS.
Source: Indian Journal of Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
Funding to support direct crime victim services for children and youth impacted by the opioid epidemic. Funding for a single training and technical assistance provider for direct services grantees is also available through this program. Geographic coverage: Nationwide -- Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice
Source: Children funding opportunities via the Rural Assistance Center - Category: Child Development Source Type: funding
More than 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain, a highly debilitating medical condition that is complex and difficult to manage. In recent decades, there has been an overreliance on the prescription of opioids for chronic pain, contributing to a significant and alarming epidemic of opioid overdose deaths and addiction. Innovative scientific solutions to develop non-opioid, non-addictive alternative treatment options are thus urgently needed. One of the goals of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative is to accelerate the discovery and preclinical development of new medications and devices to...
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More than 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain, a highly debilitating medical condition that is complex and difficult to manage. In recent decades, there has been an overreliance on the prescription of opioids for chronic pain, contributing to a significant and alarming epidemic of opioid overdose deaths and addiction. Innovative scientific solutions to develop non-opioid, non-addictive alternative treatment options are thus urgently needed. One of the goals of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative is to accelerate the discovery and preclinical development of new medications and devices to...
Source: Videocast - All Events - Category: General Medicine Tags: Upcoming Events Source Type: video
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