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Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

It’s a simple enough idea: Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery — the time when many people are first introduced to what can be highly addictive painkillers. They should also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

A powder ground from the leaves of an indigenous Southeast Asian tree related to the coffee plant, kratom offers pain relief and mood enhancement, similar to prescription painkillers. Advocates say the substance could help reduce the nation’s reliance on highly addictive and often deadly prescription painkillers. Some addiction experts also argue the plant could be used as an alternative to methadone, buprenorphine and suboxone in medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

In the UK, men are more likely to try drugs than women and they significantly outnumber women in accessing treatment, reinforcing the view that male drug use is the norm. But the number of women who use drugs is probably massively underestimated.

November 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor’s Rx for a stiff knee: A prescription for 90 Percocet pills

Doctor’s Rx for a stiff knee: A prescription for 90 Percocet pills

I recently hobbled to the drugstore to pick up painkillers after minor outpatient knee surgery, only to discover that my doctor had prescribed me 90 Percocets. Talk about using a shotgun to kill a mosquito.

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

The app, called ODMAP, is designed to track drug overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal, by location, as they happen. And because the same application can be used by all state and local authorities, the resulting database is the first to support a nationwide map.

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

Studies have found that these confidential programs have about an 80 percent success rate, far higher than the typical success rate of 50 percent for the general population. Researchers believe its rewards-based strategy and extensive follow-up care could help many more of the roughly 20 million Americans who suffer from opioid and other drug and alcohol addictions.

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
In opioid declaration, Trump promises to speed Medicaid waivers for more beds

In opioid declaration, Trump promises to speed Medicaid waivers for more beds

In declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, President Donald Trump promised a variety of initiatives aimed at making more treatment available to people who are addicted to heroin and prescription pain pills.

October 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

The data show that the situation is dire and getting worse. Until opioids are prescribed more cautiously and until effective opioid addiction treatment becomes easier to access, overdose deaths will likely remain at record high levels.

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Illicit fentanyl found locally in fake opioid pills

Illicit fentanyl found locally in fake opioid pills

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug which is approximately 100 times more powerful than other opioids. Fentanyl can be in pills, powder and heroin. Public health officials are concerned about the potential for an increase in fentanyl in our region because it has caused dramatic increases in overdose deaths in other parts of the country.

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted. It’s difficult to explain how drug addiction develops over time. To many, it looks like the constant search for pleasure.

September 30, 2017 | By | Reply More