At a time when the nation is struggling to combat the drug crisis, the increasing cost of providing health care seems to be adding fuel to the fire. A recent study by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that the amount spent by employers for opioid addiction and overdoses care has soared in the last..
As the nation struggles with the opioid epidemic, a whopping 65 percent of emergency department (ED) doctors simply have no idea how they are prescribing addictive painkillers to their patients, revealed a recent study published online in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine in March 2018. Most thought they were prescribing within the limits, but they..
The recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows a 70 percent rise in the number of emergency department (ED) visits due to opioid overdose in the Midwest region of the United States between July 2016 and September 2017. Some of the most affected states were Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri,..
Past researches have shown that cannabis can be used for relief of pain and treating other ailments. However, a recent study led by Teresa Bigand, RN-BC, MSN, CNL, of the Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane, discovered that individuals who used opioids for pain alleviation may not find an added relief by the use of..
At a recent event in Washington, the physicians discussed the challenges of weaning off a person from an opioid or enrolling a patient in a medically assisted program. Erin Krebs, M.D., MPH, health services researcher at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, shared that one does not need high-tech solutions..
The current opioid crisis in America has not spared anyone. A promising and a highly ambitious Ivy League student recently succumbed to America’s worst epidemic. Gage Bellitto (19) who would have turned 20 on Dec. 25, 2017, died on Dec. 22, 2017 in what is suspected to be a case of opioid overdose. Although he..
In January 2018, the Alabama Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill proposing tougher penalties for the distribution and trafficking of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine. The bill prescribed strict mandatory minimum sentences based on the weight of the drug. In a public hearing before the House Health Committee on..
In a bid to deal with the opioid crisis ravaging the entire state, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on July 11, announced the distribution of 300,000 drug-deactivation pouches to 278 pharmacies in 12 counties hit hard by the epidemic. The counties chosen for the purpose include Cambria, Blair, Butler, Indiana, Erie, Lackawanna, Fayette, Luzerne, Lawrence,..
An Ohio sheriff has prohibited his deputies from carrying Narcan, the brand name for life-saving medication Naloxone that is used to reverse the opioid effects especially in case of an overdose. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has come under fire for his decision for putting at risk the lives of many people addicted to opioid..
Three students of Madison, Connecticut won the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Operation Prevention Video Challenge. Organized by DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education, facilitator of digital content and professional expansion for K-12 classrooms, the competition invited teens to submit a video of 30-60 seconds urging their peers to rethink about using opioids. The three teens..