Category: Opioid Epidemic

Utah unveils patient information tool to assist doctors prescribing opioids 

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing on Wednesday showcased a new online patient dashboard that health providers can use to monitor opioid use before making prescription decisions. The feature, set to go live Thursday,

ER Doctor Says We Can’t ‘Band-Aid Over’ Opioid Crisis

A typical scenario looks like this: A 911 call comes in, then emergency services arrive on the scene, determine it’s an overdose, and administer the opioid-blocker Narcan. The patient is then transported to the emergency room. Once in the hospital,

Mark Zuckerberg says extent of opioid crisis was biggest surprise of US tour 

The “biggest surprise by far” from Mark Zuckerberg’s listening tour of America is the extent of the opioid crisis, the Facebook CEO said on Friday. “It’s really saddening to see,” he said, referencing the 64,000 people who died from drug overdoses last

St. Louis County releases first prescription drug monitoring report

Doctors write the equivalent of more than 1.5 prescriptions for controlled substances for every person in St. Louis County, according to the first report from the county’s new prescription drug monitoring program. The report reflects data from the first three months

Columbia County sues drugmakers, distributors over opioid epidemic |

WILLIAMSPORT – Columbia County has joined other municipalities and states that have or are considering suing drug manufacturers contending they have been a contributing factor to the opioid crisis. Its suit filed Thursday in U.S. Middle District Court comes one

Drugstore pain pills as effective as opioids in ER patients – CHICAGO (AP)

Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as

OTC painkillers treated painful injuries just as well as opioids – LA Times

In an opioid epidemic that currently claims an average of 91 lives per day, there have been many paths to addiction. For some, it started with a fall or a sports injury, a trip to a nearby emergency room and

Opioid death rates in these four states are higher than the US average – Business Insider

Opioid death rates in four 4th district states has risen well above the average in the rest of the USOhio Department of Health via the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Rates of death from opioid overdoses in West Virginia, Ohio,

Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER | Health Care | US News

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For people seeking treatment for a migraine in the emergency room, a commonly prescribed opioid called hydromorphone (Dilaudid or Exalgo) doesn’t seem to work as well as at least one other medication, a

Local News: Helping others beat addiction (10/18/17) | Monett Times

Doctor, counselor share experiences in jobs Many have heard the debilitating effects that methamphetamine has on the individuals who choose to use it, and no one is more familiar with those effects than the emergency room physicians who treat patients