Category: Opioid Epidemic

Sloppy Citations of 1980 Letter Led To Opioid Epidemic

A one-paragraph letter, barely a hundred words long, unwittingly became a major contributor to today’s opioid crisis, researchers say. “This has recently been a matter of a lot of angst for me,” Dr. Hershel Jick, co-author of that letter, told

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Colorado Hospitals Unite to Combat Prescription Opioid Abuse

A group of doctors and administrators has come up with an ambitious plan for Colorado hospitals to reduce the amount of opioids they prescribe while still treating pain effectively, according to an article in the Denver Post. The plan will

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New tool for overdoses: Emergency box with antidote | Lexington Herald Leader

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Defibrillator boxes have become commonplace in public places as a way to help people having a heart attack. Now, a group in Rhode Island has come up with a similar idea for a different medical crisis: drug overdoses.

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Shakopee hospital using acupuncture in emergency room |

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Minnesota hospitals are blazing a trail when it comes to integrative medicine. Only two hospitals in the nation offer acupuncture in the emergency room. St. Francis Regional Medical Center started practicing the traditional Chinese medicine in its

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Express Scripts takes stab at reducing opioid abuse | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis-based pharmacy benefits management company Express Scripts is tackling the opioid crisis. The company announced an initiative Wednesday to more than 600 clients gathered in Dallas for an annual Express Scripts conference. The program focuses on limiting exposure to

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Overdose cluster in Georgia linked to mystery pill- CNN

At least a dozen people have been hospitalized over 48 hours in central and south Georgia after swallowing an unidentified street drug, according to state and hospital officials. Four deaths have been linked to the overdose cluster, but officials are

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8 Colorado hospitals trying alternatives to opioids in emergency rooms | FOX31 Denver

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) has launched an opioid safety pilot in eight hospital and three freestanding emergency departments, with the goal of reducing the administration of opioids in emergency departments. Pilot hospitals and emergency departments will use the new

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Spike in opioid visits at ECMC pushes ER doctors to front lines of epidemic – The Buffalo News

Opioid-related emergency room visits at Erie County Medical Center more than doubled from 2009 to 2016, a startling rise reflective of the addiction epidemic in Western New York and across the country. The growth mirrors an increase in opioid deaths

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Opioid crisis affecting all aspects of life nationwide

Across the nation the opioid crisis affects a wide cross-section from families to law enforcement to health care.Opioids are “the No. 1 abused drug in America,” said Cmdr. Larry Sparks, with Stop the Offender Special Crimes Unit of Johnson.According to

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Opioid prescription patterns vary within emergency rooms, study shows

Which doctor a person happens to see at a local emergency room can have long-term consequences when it comes to opioid use. Within the same hospital, some doctors are three times more likely to prescribe an opioid than other doctors,

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