ED doctors prescribe more opioids than required, says study

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..

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Primary care physicians discuss challenges of prescribing opioids

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..

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Debate over Alabama’s new fentanyl trafficking bill proposing tough mandatory minimum sentences

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..

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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,..

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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..

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