Doctor pleads guilty to over-prescribing opioids

A Tennessee doctor who lost five patients to fatal overdoses in 10 months now faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine
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CONCLUSIONS: The 2014 federal rescheduling of hydrocodone was associated with only minor changes in overall and potentially high-risk opioid-prescribing rates. Neither state variation in long-term prescribing nor beneficiary characteristics explained the changes in persistently high opioid-prescribing rates among adults with disabilities after the 2014 regulation. Future studies should examine patient and provider characteristics underlying the persistent high-risk prescribing patterns in this population. PMID: 31835012 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Public Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Rep Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Commonly used imputation procedures produced estimates of the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths that are similar to the true number of opioid-involved overdose deaths obtained from toxicology data. Although future studies should examine whether these results extend beyond the geographic area covered in our data set, our findings support the continued use of these imputation procedures to quantify the extent of the opioid epidemic. PMID: 31835011 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Public Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Rep Source Type: research
A post-2000 literature search reviewed prevalence of health consequences associated with zolpidem, plus two salient case reports. Common zolpidem-related harms encompassed accidents, falls, overdoses, delirium, and infections. Risks to others included assaults, vehicular accidents, various crimes, and civil actions that occurred during zolpidem-induced delirium, withdrawal, and other impediments. Remarkably, much harm occurred while patients were taking therapeutic doses of licitly prescribed zolpidem (10–30 mg). Zolpidem-associated health, behavioral, and social problems comprise an international pandemic of prevent...
Source: The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Objective: Evidence guiding suicide-prevention efforts in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is imperative. We evaluated association between TBI and risk of death by drug overdose and firearms, including suicide and unintentional injury.M...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
BACKGROUND: The US is experiencing an epidemic of opioid overdoses which may be at least partially due to an over-reliance on opioid analgesics in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain and subsequent escalation to heroin or illicit fentanyl. As Texas wa...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
ConclusionThis case report is the first one to present an invasive pulmonary mucormycosis infection after acute liver failure in an adult patient. The clinical course of this disease is highly lethal, even in immunocompetent adults.
Source: Journal of Critical Care - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
The holidays are just around the corner and, with only a few weeks to go until the festivities begin, many individuals dealing with addictions may be thinking that now would be the worst possible time to finally get treatment. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If you or your loved one needs treatment for addiction sooner than later, we’ve put together some of the most common holiday barriers to recovery and how to overcome them. Holiday Barriers to Recovery: Sacrificing One for Many The holidays are a wonderful time of year full of love, tradition, the spirit of giving and coming together with family. I...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Recovery Holidays drug addiction recovery family support family therapy holiday parties Successful Addiction Recovery Source Type: blogs
NIH-funded research examined suicide and overdose risk in the year after an emergency department visit.
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - Category: American Health Source Type: news
North America has been experiencing an acute and unprecedented public health crisis involving excessive and increasing levels of opioid-related overdose mortality. In the present commentary, we examine current interventions (as existent mainly in Canada) t...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
This article provides a description of recent activities to address the local opioid crisis, a rationale for their adoption and the context in which they are being undertaken. PMID: 31825786 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Health Promot Chronic Dis Prev Can Source Type: research
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