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Opioid Epidemic

1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults Related To Opioids

This is an absolutely devastating statistic. It is difficult to comprehend how one single element can be responsible for taking so many lives, particularly in their prime. We must do more to reach those most at risk and provide treatment. https://ti.me/2Limp7G

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Live From The Field

bit.ly/overdose-transplants A new study shows a whopping increase in the number of drug-overdose death organ donors over the last 17 years or so. While it is encouraging that more life-saving donor organs are available for patients who are in desperate need of them, the grim…

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Opiods May Increase Pain Instead of Decreasing it

This is an interesting article from NPR touching on the phenomenon of hyperalgesia induced by opioids. Instead of making the pain better, they may actually make it worse over the long-term. Yet another reason to reign in the use of opioids for treating chronic pain…

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Opioid Epidemic Made Worse By Medicaid?

Below is a link to an article from Vox that addresses an issue that some Senators are raising - did the expansion of medicaid fuel the opioid crisis by allowing easier and cheaper access to prescription opioids? It is an interesting argument, and the article…

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Lethality of Opioids

Here is an excellent article from Scientific American explaining in very simple terms how opioids exert their lethal effects. It also explains why the more potent opioids such as fentanyl pose an even greater threat to life. The usual doses of naloxone that are used…

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A Visual Guide to the Opioid Epidemic

The rate of opioid-related deaths continues to rise. Here is an article detailing some of the trends. It is sobering to realize that drug overdoses now take more lives than gun-related violence as well as automobile accidents! This article briefly touches on buprenorphine (the main…

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Opioid Crisis – How We Got Here

An excellent article from Vox providing some insight into how the opioid crisis evolved over the last 2-3 decades. There is no doubt that this epidemic was fueled - in no small measure - by rampant prescription of opiates by doctors. This trend particularly took…

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Opioid Overdose Related Costs of Care Soaring

This article details one city's struggle to contain costs as it deals with its opioid crisis. It seems the same scenario is playing out in cities big and small across the nation. The costs of hospitalization and medical care associated with drug use, particularly overdoses,…

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Overdose Deaths Rising Among Teens

A disturbing trend showing that overdose deaths in the United States are rising among teenagers. It is hard to believe, but many teenagers are experimenting with hard drugs at younger and younger ages. Also, as prescription pills become harder to come by, those who are…

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