Category: Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic leveled off in early 2018. But don’t celebrate yet. – Vox

All of a sudden, the news seems a bit more optimistic about America’s opioid epidemic. On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who serves under President Donald Trump, pointed to new preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some patients are in pain. Some just want drugs. How do I tell them apart?

Brittany was a drug-seeker I knew by name, and I was not surprised when she rolled into the ER for the third time that month. As she lay on a wheeled paramedic bed pushed by an ambulance crew through big

As opioid crisis raged Insys pushed higher doses of addictive drug and pushed salespeople to own doctors – MarketWatch

To sell addictive opioids, sales representatives were encouraged to “own” doctors, keeping a close eye on how and how much they prescribe. Speaker programs that helped drive sales left out safety problems and, in one instance, didn’t say that Insys,

Doctors Urge CDC to Clarify Rx Opioid Guideline 

Dr. Kertesz believes many chronic pain patients have suffered under the guideline, because it has led to widespread tapering and discontinuation of opioids. He invited other healthcare professionals to co-sign the letter. To date, well over 200 have. To see

Opioid prescribers in Georgia get letters from U.S. Attorney

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta have put about 30 doctors on notice that they’ve been identified for prescribing opioids in significantly greater quantities or doses than their peers. The doctors, who were not publicly identified but work in the metro and

15 Years with My Pain Dr. and My Last Appointment Became My Final Appointment – National Pain Report

Editor’s Note: John Sandherr is a 58-year old man who lives near Pittsburgh, Pa. He has suffered from chronic pain for thirty years and has undergone 10 surgeries. . He is an arachnoiditis survivor and is an outspoken chronic pain advocate.

How a startup hopes to treat the rural opioid epidemic, at a profit

When Elizabeth Zeinner turned 18, she used her savings to buy a run-down house on Conwell Street in Aurora, Indiana, a town of just under 4,000 residents on the edge of the greater Cincinnati area. Located on the banks of

Heroin And Opioid Users Hoping To Quit Turn To Black Market For Suboxone : Shots – Health News : NPR

Months in prison didn’t rid Daryl of his addiction to opioids. “Before I left the parking lot of the prison, I was shooting up, getting high,” he says. Daryl has used heroin and prescription painkillers for more than a decade.

Shared data cuts down on emergency room overuse 

About half the people who visited the St. Anthony Hospital emergency room in 2016 didn’t need to be there. They arrived with symptoms of the common cold, minor injuries or other low-severity issues. Some hoped to score painkillers and many

Most Hospital ERs Won’t Treat Your Addiction. These Will. 

BALTIMORE — For Dr. Zachary Dezman, an emergency physician in this heroin-plagued city, there’s no question that offering addiction medicine to emergency room patients is the right thing to do. People with a drug addiction are generally in poorer health