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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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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While the epidemic of opioid abuse is taking a toll on millions of Americans, the U.S. Representative for the 5th District of Massachusetts, Katherine Clark, has requested the international health leaders to prevent similar situations from occurring in other countries. Clark has blamed aggressive marketing of prescription drugs in the United States as the primary..

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