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Clinicians May be Overprescribing Gabapentinoids for Pain

Clinicians May be Overprescribing Gabapentinoids for Pain

Clinicians may be overprescribing gabapentiboids in part as a response to the opioid epidemic.

Physicians Are Still Prescribing Too Many Opioids in the US

Physicians Are Still Prescribing Too Many Opioids in the US

More than 1 out of 3 average Americans used a prescription opioid in 2015, despite growing concerns these medications are promoting addiction and overdose deaths.

Hospitalists Must Lead Change in Opioid Treatment

Hospitalists Must Lead Change in Opioid Treatment

Hospitalists must use opioids judiciously, including adhering to specific dose limits, setting expectations, and initiating evidence-based treatment.

Maryland Implements Strategies to Curb Opioid Overdose and Death Rates

Maryland Implements Strategies to Curb Opioid Overdose and Death Rates

Strategies include training in screening, interventions, and referrals to treatment.

Referencing Prior Patient Drug History Reduces Opioid Abuse Rates

Referencing Prior Patient Drug History Reduces Opioid Abuse Rates

Opioid abuse went down when physicians are legally obligated to check a patient's drug history.

Updated AMA Recommendations for Doctors on Proper Opioid Storage and Disposal

Updated AMA Recommendations for Doctors on Proper Opioid Storage and Disposal

Experts recommend these three steps to reduce non-medical uses of the drugs.

Possible Underestimation of Opioid-Related Mortality Rates in America

Possible Underestimation of Opioid-Related Mortality Rates in America

Death certificates from drug-linked infections may not label opioids as a possible cause.

Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis Offered by Trump Administration

Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis Offered by Trump Administration

The money will train health professionals and foster prescription drug monitoring programs.

Increase in Heroin Use Rates in the US Most Pronounced Among Whites

Increase in Heroin Use Rates in the US Most Pronounced Among Whites

There was an increase in prevalence of heroin use and heroin use disorder, with an increase more pronounced in whites.

Addressing Substance Abuse as a Treatable Chronic Medical Condition

Addressing Substance Abuse as a Treatable Chronic Medical Condition

Outlines health and public policy interventions for effective prevention and treatment.

Fatal Drug Overdoses Nearly Tripled Since 1999

Fatal Drug Overdoses Nearly Tripled Since 1999

Whites and middle-aged adults were the hardest hit, researchers find.

Opioid Prescribing for Dummies

Opioid Prescribing for Dummies

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We marginalize people in pain to the point where shooting up black tar heroin under a freeway overpass makes the most sense to them.

Significant Increase in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Rural Areas

Significant Increase in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Rural Areas

The number of cases have risen because of widespread maternal drug abuse, researchers say.

Discussion of Opioid Use Risks Associated with Reduced Misuse

Discussion of Opioid Use Risks Associated with Reduced Misuse

There was a 60% lower rate of saving of pills among patients who talked to their doctor about risks.

Resources Available by Physicians to Help Curb Opioid Epidemic

Resources Available by Physicians to Help Curb Opioid Epidemic

This includes a webinar on patient shame that forms part of the Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies.

Opioid Overdosing in Children and Teens Rising Dramatically

Opioid Overdosing in Children and Teens Rising Dramatically

This study has found that from 1997 to 2012, 1.3% of children that were hospitalized for opioid overdose had died.

FDA Discusses Dependence and Misuse of Testosterone Products

FDA Discusses Dependence and Misuse of Testosterone Products

The agency warns that many American men take testosterone products, but heart and psychological issues can result.

DEA Plans to Decrease Production of Schedule II Opioid Medications in 2017

DEA Plans to Decrease Production of Schedule II Opioid Medications in 2017

The DEA has said that there will be a reduction in the amount of opioid controlled substances manufactured in 2017.

Opioid Abuse is Costing the US Economy Billions of Dollars Annually

Opioid Abuse is Costing the US Economy Billions of Dollars Annually

This study suggests that the US is spending $78.5 billion a year on health care, lost of productivity and treatment programs on opioid abusers.

Rates of Infective Endocarditis From Injection Drug Use on the Rise

Rates of Infective Endocarditis From Injection Drug Use on the Rise

According to this study, there is an increase of hospitalizations for infective endocarditis secondary to injection drug use, especially among young, white, and female patients.

CVS Expands Access to Nonprescription Overdose Reversal Drug to 12 More States

CVS Expands Access to Nonprescription Overdose Reversal Drug to 12 More States

It is no secret that the number of painkiller overdoses in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. Since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers sold in the United States has almost quadrupled, but there has been no overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.

Ecstasy: The Next Anti-Anxiety Treatment?

Ecstasy: The Next Anti-Anxiety Treatment?

Clinical trials studying the effects of MDMA on patients suffering from anxiety caused by life-threatening illnesses are set to begin just months after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approved testing of the drug.

Teens Start Misusing ADHD Drugs & Other Stimulants Earlier Than You Might Think

Teens Start Misusing ADHD Drugs & Other Stimulants Earlier Than You Might Think

Despite stereotypes about college students resorting to black-market Ritalin to help them cram for exams, young people are actually most likely to start misusing prescription stimulant drugs in their high school years, according to new University of Michigan Medical School research.

What Made Ozzy Osbourne a Babbling Mess?

What Made Ozzy Osbourne a Babbling Mess?

On August 17, 2003, rock legend Ozzy Osbourne was invited to Wrigley Field to sing Take Me Out To The Ball Game during the seventh-inning stretch of a Chicago Cubs game. What ensued was a garbled-up, unintelligible rendition of the famous song so bad that Osbourne went down as the worst Wrigley singer in history. Over the next few days the scene was replayed on national television, making a mockery of the mumbling singer. That incident, said Osbournes manager-wife Sharon, was the last straw; she claimed that Ozzys doctor was overprescribing him a host of powerful antipsychotic and tranquilizing drugs, which contributed to his bizarre behavior.

Link Between Domestic Violence and Alcohol, Not Marijuana

Link Between Domestic Violence and Alcohol, Not Marijuana

It has been known for decades that there is a link between alcohol consumption and domestic violence, but the research is slim when it comes to marijuana. The participants were male and female college students at least 18 years of age who had been in a relationship for at least a month, had face-to-face contact with their partner at least 2 times a week, and had consumed alcohol in the previous month. The studies asked participants to complete an online diary once a day for 90 days. Based on the results, the odds of physical, psychological, and sexual violence among men increased with the use of alcohol, and rose with each drink consumed, whereas marijuana use was unrelated to violence between couples. For women, alcohol use increased the odds of physical and psychological aggression, and marijuana use increased the likelihood of psychological aggression.

12 Days of Christmas Seen Through the Eyes of Emergency Medicine Physicians

12 Days of Christmas Seen Through the Eyes of Emergency Medicine Physicians

ER docs offer a dozen tips to keep all days safe and healthy The joyful song about French hens, turtle doves, and a partridge rings in a cheerful holiday season for all. And for those celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas, it's a wonderful time of the year. As the celebrations of the season go into full swing, emergency medicine physicians and their teams know to expect all types of medical situations arriving in their emergency rooms. And, to keep Pennsylvanians from making unnecessary trips to their local emergency rooms on what should be days of joy, physicians share 12 ideas on how you can enjoy a safer holiday season.

Charles Cullen, The Killer Nurse: A Deeper Evil

Charles Cullen, The Killer Nurse: A Deeper Evil

After midnight, near the end of a 7-hour-long police interrogation that began on December 14, 2003, Charles Cullen said, "I did not want (people) to see me as this, what I am." Somerset County detective Timothy Braun then asked him, "What are you, Charles?" The 43-year-old nurse replied, "A man, person, who was trusted and had responsibility for a lot of people dying...I hate myself for it 'cause I don't believe I had the right, but I couldn't stop, I couldn't." No, he couldn't, and incredibly, neither could the medical establishment stop his reign of terror at the time.

'Bath Salts' Stimulant Could Be More Addictive than Meth

'Bath Salts' Stimulant Could Be More Addictive than Meth

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have published one of the first laboratory studies of MDPV, an emerging recreational drug that has been sold as "bath salts." The TSRI researchers confirmed the drug's powerful stimulant effects in rats and found evidence that it could be more addictive than methamphetamine, one of the most addictive substances to date. "We observed that rats will press a lever more often to get a single infusion of MPDV than they will for meth, across a fairly wide dose range," said TSRI Associate Professor Michael A. Taffe, who was the principal investigator of the study.

Kristen Heather Gilbert

Kristen Heather Gilbert

Meet Kristen Heather Gilbert, a smart, accomplished RN, but a troubled soul. In her youth, Kristen Strickland was known as a pathological liar. According to friends and neighbors, she often made the unfounded claim that she was a distant relative of the infamous ax murderer Lizzie Borden. Ex-boyfriends described Kristen as strange and controlling, eventually exhibiting a pattern of verbal and physical abuse toward them. For attention, she would fake suicide attempts, or when angry, she would tamper with her boyfriends' cars or physically attack them, scratching them with her nails.

Mladen Antolic

Mladen Antolic

Central Florida pain management physician Mladen Antolic, the father of 2 sons, had a thriving, sizable medical practice, Injury Mid-Florida Rehabilitation, just outside downtown Orlando. He also had a penchant for hosting wild, illegal drug and sex parties with patients at his home, where he plied women with prescription drugs.

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