Misuse of Nonopioid Medications Appears to Be on the Rise in U.S.

Increases seen for misuse/abuse, suicide attempts, and hospitalizations linked to gabapentin, baclofen
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

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We describe the historical use of opioids and the scope of the current opioid crisis, review the differences between dependence and addiction, and the private and public sectors response to pain management and highlight the issue of adolescent vulnerability. We conclude with a proposal for future directions that address both public and patient health needs.
Source: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIA: Edited by Jorge A. Gálvez Source Type: research
Authors: Abstract Approximately 17,730 new spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur per year in the United States. Effective rehabilitation and modern reproductive technology may increase the number of these patients considering pregnancy. Obstetrician-gynecologists and other obstetric care professionals who care for such patients should be familiar with problems related to SCIs that may occur throughout pregnancy and during the postpartum period. Autonomic dysreflexia (sometimes called autonomic hyperreflexia) is the most serious medical complication that occurs in women with SCIs and is found in 85% of patients with l...
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
Authors: Abstract Approximately 17,730 new spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur per year in the United States. Effective rehabilitation and modern reproductive technology may increase the number of these patients considering pregnancy. Obstetrician-gynecologists and other obstetric care professionals who care for such patients should be familiar with problems related to SCIs that may occur throughout pregnancy and during the postpartum period. Autonomic dysreflexia (sometimes called autonomic hyperreflexia) is the most serious medical complication that occurs in women with SCIs and is found in 85% of patients with l...
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
By GREG HAMMER, MD Burnout among healthcare professionals is at an all-time high. Its drivers include longer work hours, the push to see more patients, more scrutiny by administrators, and loss of control over our practice. We seem to spend more time with the electronic medical record and less time face-to-face with our patients. I have faced burnout personally. My son passed away at the age of 29, which was beyond painful. At the same time, I felt burdened by the growing number and complexity of metrics by which I was judged at work. Days in the operating room and intensive care unit seemed more and more exhausting,...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Burnout GAIN GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals Greg Hammer physician burnout physician wellness Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: The results highlight a particular population of problematic ketamine users identified using the hospital's ICT system. In particular, poly-drug users who consume ketamine in combination with heroin or cocaine presenting to the ED represent a specific target for targeted prevention projects on non-lethal overdoses and suicide attempts. PMID: 31850860 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Annali dell Istituto Superiore di Sanita - Category: General Medicine Tags: Ann Ist Super Sanita Source Type: research
Millions of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — from veterans to rape survivors — have new hope because of a watershed study showing that the injection of an anesthetic to a bundle of nerves in the neck can relieve their symptoms in a clinically significant way. The treatment is known as the stellate ganglion block, or SGB. Used since 1925 for problems such as pain in the arm and shingles, it is safe and effective. In the newly released, eight-week, U.S. Army-funded clinical trial of 108 active-duty service members with PTSD, the nonprofit research institute RTI International found that patients...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Personal PTSD Research Treatment Hyper Vigilance Neuroscience Neurotransmitter Norepinephrine Posttraumatic Stress Disorder pruning Source Type: blogs
The phrase “sacred masculine” can evoke images of patriarchal religiosity.  But it has a different meaning for today’s guest. For Miguel Dean, the sacred masculine is an ideal, embodied by a man who accepts all of his emotions, understands the connectedness of humanity, and is devoted to helping others. Join us as Miguel explains how the sacred masculine is increasingly being recognized as a new model of masculinity to replace the old ideas of what it meant to be a man. This new man embraces all of his humanity and recognizes that part of this is the courage to feel, express and honor the full spect...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Ethics & Morality General Inspiration & Hope Interview LifeHelper Men's Issues Podcast Relationships Self-Help Spirituality The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs
Jeffrey A. SingerThe Drug Enforcement Administration, having virtually eliminated the diversion of prescription pain relievers into the underground market for nonmedical users, appears to be setting its sights on regulating the medical management of pain, a mission not suited for law enforcement. Acting under the authority of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act), the DEA  announced a proposal to reduce, once again, the national production quotas for fentanyl, morphine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone, and oxymorphone, ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
Conclusion and Recommendation: Our study showed higher magnitude of awareness with recall under general anesthesia. Lack of premedication was the only associated factor with awareness with recall under general anesthesia. Anesthetists should give emphasis to prevent the possibility of awareness under general anesthesia by providing premedication. Cohort studies should be done including the consequences of awareness with recall under general anesthesia. PMID: 31360165 [PubMed]
Source: Anesthesiology Research and Practice - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Anesthesiol Res Pract Source Type: research
Suicide and drug - related mortality higher in both male and female injured workers
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Orthopedics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news
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