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Public restrooms become ground zero in the opioid epidemic

Public restrooms become ground zero in the opioid epidemic

Increasingly, opioid users are using public bathrooms to inject drugs, forcing restaurant and shop owners to deal with overdoses. Some doctors, nurses and public health workers argue any solution to the opioid crisis will need to include safe injection sites, where users can get high with medical supervision.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Twenty-eight states prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction unless they are working in collaboration with a doctor who also has a federal license to prescribe it. The problem is, half of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single physician with a license to prescribe buprenorphine.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Another circle of hell: Surviving 0pioids in the fentanyl era

Another circle of hell: Surviving 0pioids in the fentanyl era

About 75 percent of the state’s men and women who died after an unintentional overdose last year had fentanyl in their system, up from 57 percent in 2015.

April 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
In pain? Many doctors say opioids are not the answer

In pain? Many doctors say opioids are not the answer

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News Those of you who have experienced pain, especially gnawing, chronic pain, know that it affects your happiness, outlook and ability to function. In the past couple of years, the treatment of chronic pain has undergone an earthshaking transformation as opioid addiction continues to claim — and ruin — lives. Many […]

April 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
States seek Medicaid dollars for addiction treatment beds

States seek Medicaid dollars for addiction treatment beds

By Christine Vestal Stateline BALTIMORE — Anthony Green says he woke up one morning in January and decided to quit drinking. “I said to myself, ‘If I want something better, I’ve got to do better.’ ” That’s what landed him at Gaudenzia, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center here in North Baltimore. Green, 38, […]

April 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow

As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow

By Christine Vestal Stateline DENVER — At Bruce Randolph School, a majority Hispanic high school in a gang-plagued neighborhood in north Denver, there’s always a waiting list to see Amanda Ingram and her therapy dog, Pauletta. Students sign up to visit Ingram during breaks in classes to talk about family and social troubles while they […]

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?

Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?

By Christine Vestal Stateline NEW YORK — After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among nearly 14,000 patients in New York state who are certified to use medical marijuana for one of 10 conditions, including […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
How long patients stay on opioids may depend on the doctor you see in the E.R.

How long patients stay on opioids may depend on the doctor you see in the E.R.

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News 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, and patients treated by high-prescribing doctors are more likely […]

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pharmacies thrive selling opioids to residents of depressed Appalachian town

Pharmacies thrive selling opioids to residents of depressed Appalachian town

Pharmacies Thrive Selling Opioids For Depressed Small Town Pain Drug manufacturers and distributors have pumped prescription opioid painkillers into rural America, in response to demand — much from it from adults who had become physically addicted. By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News MANCHESTER, Ky. — This economically depressed city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is an […]

February 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
ACA repeal seen as thwarting state addiction efforts

ACA repeal seen as thwarting state addiction efforts

By Christine Vestal Stateline In the three years since the Affordable Care Act took effect, its federally funded expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults has become the states’ most powerful weapon in the battle against the nation’s worsening opioid epidemic. Now, as Congress and President Donald Trump debate potential replacements for the law, governors, health […]

February 6, 2017 | By | Reply More