The ‘Opioid Workforce Act’ Hopes To Increase Ranks In Fighting The Opioid Epidemic

The bill aims to “provide Medicare support for an additional 1,000 graduate medical education (GME) positions over five years in hospitals that have, or are in the process of establishing, accredited residency programs in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, or pain medicine.”
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If we can say anything for certain about caring for persons in pain over the past decade is that it has prompted concern and confusion on how to provide the best care. Consider the following: Do we have an opioid epidemic or an opioid crisis in the United States? Does the difference in these words matter? What about the “other” less publicized public health crisis; chronic pain; where did that conversation go? Are opioid analgesics good or bad to treat people in pain? Should nurses be prepared in pain care, addiction care or both? What are the differences in state policies that govern and guide nursing practice...
Source: Pain Management Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
Opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and it is thought that the problem started with the prescription for legal pain medications by health care professionals, particularly for treating patients who had undergone surgery. To reduce the reliance on opioids in dental pain management, increase use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other adjunctive techniques have emerged. The use of NSAIDs, transdermal and transmucosal patches are presented. Understanding the rational for these different approaches requires a basic knowledge of the molecular biology of dental pain.
Source: Dental Clinics of North America - Category: Dentistry Authors: Source Type: research
We’ve all heard that exercise is good for us—how it strengthens our hearts and lungs, and helps us prevent diseases like diabetes. That’s why so many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions to move more, knowing it will make us healthier and live longer. But many people don’t know about the other important benefits of exercise—how it can help us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage. Around the world, people who are physically active are happier and more satisfied with their lives. They have a stronger sense of purpose and experience more gratitude, love, and hope. They feel mo...
Source: SharpBrains - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain exercise Joy mind movement neurobiological neurochemistry neurological Physical-Exercise proprioception resilient well-being Source Type: blogs
Chronic pain is one of the most debilitating, difficult to treat, chronic health conditions and affects at least 20% of the American adult population.7 In addition to the direct impact on quality of life via health consequences, chronic pain is widely believed to be causally related to the current opioid epidemic.24
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Tags: Original Reports Source Type: research
Abstract In this paper, I propose an economic theory that addresses the epidemic character of opioid epidemics. I consider a community in which individuals are heterogenous with respect to the experience of chronic pain and susceptibility to addiction and live through two periods. In the first period they consider whether to treat pain with opioid pain relievers (OPRs). In the second period they consider whether to continue non-medical opioid use to mitigate cravings from addiction. Non-medical opioid use is subject to social disapproval, which depends negatively on the share of opioid addicts in the community. An...
Source: Economics and Human Biology - Category: Biology Authors: Tags: Econ Hum Biol Source Type: research
According to a new report by Orange County, California’s health care agency, the overdose deaths in Orange County have greatly surpassed that of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties and, most shockingly, all of California as a whole. The opioid crisis in Orange County has grown so much that a high concentration of treatment centers has popped up in the area hoping to combat this issue, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. In addition, the report details that the majority of state-licensed treatment centers and unregulated sober living homes are located along the c...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates opiate abuse opiate addiction opioid opioid crisis opioids orange county Source Type: blogs
Opioids are so highly addictive that they have created a dangerous and deadly epidemic in the United States. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 2 million Americans abuse opioids and that more than 90 Americans die on average by opioid overdose every day. Individuals can become addicted to opioids so quickly that it can be difficult to notice when the line has been crossed over to opioid abuse. If you or your loved one is taking opioids, whether legal or illegal, make note of these signs and symptoms of opioid abuse and how to get help. How Does Opioid Abuse Begin? Opioids work by binding ...
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Dana Carpender, friend and author of many low-carb cookbooks, provided this review of my new Revised &Expanded Wheat Belly, below. For more of Dana’s signature wit and conversation, you can join her on her engaging Facebook page “Hold the toast press” or visit her Amazon page that lists all her wonderful low-carb cookbooks. It’s funny how things happen. Nine years ago I had already been eating a low carbohydrate diet for 16 years. During that time I had occasionally eaten low carb tortillas and low carb bread. These things were hardly a staple of my diet, but I kept ’em around for the occ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Open autoimmune joint pain wheat belly Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: Safer prescribing policies may take multiple years to fully implement and need to be employed across the jurisdiction to minimize doctor-shopping and adverse effects on patients with chronic pain. Approaching pain management through the social-ecological model can address potential root causes of addiction and establish a framework for doctors to provide compassionate care, community leadership, and advocacy for these patients. PMID: 31790125 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: J Am Osteopath Assoc Source Type: research
Opioid misuse and addiction have taken a massive toll on society, including lives lost, socioeconomic disruption, financial costs, and a burden on the health care system. This has accelerated exponentially in the last few years with the introduction of highly potent opioids. Intertwined with the opioid crisis is another crisis that is centered on pain, which affects a significant proportion of the population, and strategies for pain treatment. Together, these public health crises have sparked much basic and translational research in the areas of opioid pharmacology, the neuroscience of reward, affect, decision-making and s...
Source: Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
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