Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses resulting in addiction, overdoses and deaths
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Publication date: Available online 18 October 2019Source: Preventive MedicineAuthor(s): Jack E. Henningfield, Judy B. Ashworth, Karen K. Gerlach, Bernie Simone, Sidney H. SchnollAbstractPain and addiction are complex disorders with many commonalities. Beneficial outcomes for both disorders can be achieved through similar principles such as individualized medication selection and dosing, comprehensive multi-modal therapies, and judicious modification of treatment as indicated by the patient's status. This is implicit in the term “medication assisted treatment” (MAT) for opioid use disorders (OUD), and is equally...
Source: Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
Over the past two decades, the federal and state governments, industry, and professionals have taken significant actions to address opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose, including efforts to determine the appropriateness of prescribing opioid analgesics to patients with acute and chronic pain (Greene, et  al., 2018; Jones, et al., 2018). Without a doubt, many of these efforts have been necessary. Some measures, however, have focused sharply on reducing the supply of prescription opioids, which has contributed toward confusion and fear among prescribers and restricted access to controlled prescript ion medication...
Source: Pain Management Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
On October 26th, DEA National Take Back Day will once again address a crucial public safety issue. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs – and that study indicates that most of these prescription drugs were either obtained from family and friends or found in the most-neglected staple of every bathroom: the medicine cabinet. What’s the Purpose of DEA National Take Back Day? DEA National Take Back Day gives individuals the chance to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs in a safe, judgment-free environment. Cleaning out the aver...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Painkiller dea national take back day opioids prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescription drug detox prescription drug use prescription drugs prescription medication prescri Source Type: blogs
AbstractThe primary objective of this article is to assist oncologists and advanced practice prescribers to safely and effectively minimize risk when providing opioids for cancer pain relief. The majority of people with cancer are unlikely to misuse or divert opioid medications, yet the prescriber is often unaware of those who are at risk for these behaviors. To provide skillful pain management to each patient in the oncology setting, while limiting harm to the community, all prescribers must consider the potential for risk of misuse, addiction, or diversion. To minimize this risk to the greatest degree possible, it is imp...
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Symptom Management and Supportive Care Cancer Care and the Opioid Crisis Source Type: research
More Americans now die of opioid overdoses than in car accidents. → Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. Enables access to articles marked (M) and removes ads. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
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According to Healthline, Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It can be used short term or long term, depending on your condition. It is an opioid oral tablet and is better known by its other generic brand names, including Oxaydo, Roxicodone, Roxybond, and OxyContin. It is available in five forms, and since it is an opioid medication, it can be very easy to form an Oxycodone addiction. If you feel as if you may be forming an addiction to Oxycodone, make sure you are aware of the signs, symptoms and when it’s time to get help. Oxycodone Addiction Warning Signs Oxycodone can be a very helpful tool for m...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Painkiller Substance Abuse opiate opiate addiction opioid opioids oxycodone oxycodone abuse prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescription drug use prescription drugs pre Source Type: blogs
A doctor does the morally &medically right thing. During a nationwide opiate-overdose death crisis she refuses to prescribe unnecessary opiates to addicts looking to abuse narcotics, and dealers looking for drugs to sell to kids who'll OD &die. She then gets fired because doing the right thing caused "low patient satisfaction scores," because the hospital is worried about losing customers and profits. It's about time we fought back against this insanity. Thank you Dr. Eryn Alpert for... Physician Fights Back Against Patient Sat Insanity By Suing Huge Hospital System
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CONCLUSIONS: Combining drug classes with alcohol prior to OD was common and associated with a higher likelihood of hospitalization. Overdose prevention efforts should address acute risks of alcohol ingestion with other drugs. PMID: 31596516 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Alcohol Clin Exp Res Source Type: research
Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose epidemic
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ConclusionOne in 3 young adults received medication for opioid use disorder in the 12 months after surviving an overdose. Type of medication for opioid use disorder received appeared to be age associated. Future research should focus on how medication choice is made and how to optimize the emergency department for medication for opioid use disorder initiation after nonfatal overdose.
Source: Annals of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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