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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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President Declares Opioid Crisis A ‘Public Health Emergency’

President Trump recently declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, pushing this glaring subject further in the spotlight. However, many feel that this is not enough as the declaration does not by itself provide any additional funding or resources to actually fight this problem.…

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Opioid Addiction Rates are Increasing at a Stunning Rate

Opioid addiction rates are increasing at an alarming rate, as reported in this article. It seems that the worst rates are in the midwestern and southern states, and there has been a five-fold increase just in the recent few years. It is quite likely that…

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