Category: Opioid Epidemic

‘Dear Doctor’ Letters Reduce Opioid Prescribing : NPR

For a doctor, learning that a patient has died is often an emotional moment. Emergency room physician Roneet Lev wondered if telling doctors when their patients die of an overdose might motivate them to rethink their prescribing behavior. “I asked other physicians

The Cognitive Dissonance of Narcotic Prescribing by Dr. Edwin Leap –

I know a bit about the opioid epidemic ravaging America.  My wife and I grew up in West Virginia and follow the news from home. I practice emergency medicine in rural South Carolina, and have worked in Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky

Southern States Identified as Opioid Hotspots 

If you suffer a sprained ankle, you’re 14 times more likely to get opioid pain medication at a hospital emergency room in Arkansas than one in North Dakota. That’s one of the unusual findings uncovered by researchers at Penn Medicine,

Fishers FD becomes first in state to use non-addictive laughing gas instead of opiate pain relief

FISHERS, Ind. – Starting Wednesday, fire department paramedics in Fishers will use non-addictive laughing gas on patients when dealing with pain management at emergency scenes. It provides another option to opioids, such as fentanyl, as a pain management method. Fishers

Pilot program hopes to reduce opioid overdose deaths

A pilot program designed to foster collaboration between emergency room treatment and long-term care for opioid overdose patients in Boone County will begin Sept. 1. The program, Engaging Patients In Care Coordination, was the focus of a briefing organized by

More ER docs turning to non-opioids to fight overdose epidemic 

Emergency department physicians across the state are using more non-opioid treatments for conditions that historically have required powerful opioids for pain management, as they try to play a lead role in the overdose epidemic that kills on average 115 Americans every

Dr. Marc Siegel: The opioid crisis has a solution — Here it is

I recently attended a symposium examining how medical schools can prepare future doctors to deal with the continuing opioid crisis. I joined over 90 educators from 30 medical schools at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to discuss

Shut the back door to America’s opioid epidemic | TheHill

Opioid addiction is the greatest public health crisis we’ve faced in a generation. In 2015 alone, nearly 35,000 Americans died from prescription opioid overdoses. As a former U.S. Senator and attorney general for New Hampshire, I’ve witnessed first-hand the devastating impact

House passes comprehensive bill to combat growing opioid epidemic – ABC News

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan, comprehensive bill Friday that aims at curbing the country’s growing opioid epidemic. By a vote of 396-14, the House passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients Communities Act, which is the collective product

Pharmaceutical executive apologizes to Congress for role in opioid crisis: ‘I am deeply sorry’

Pharmaceutical executives appeared before Congress on Tuesday to answer questions about a congressional investigation into drug companies’ role in the nation’s opioid epidemic, The Washington Post reports. A Cardinal Health executive, George Barrett, apologized for his drug company’s slow response to the