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Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid-Prescribing Debate

2018-08-14T10:06:53+00:00

By Will Stone It started with a rolled ankle during a routine Army training exercise. Shannon Hubbard never imagined it was the prologue to one of the most debilitating pain conditions known to exist, called ­­­­­­­complex regional pain syndrome. The condition causes the nervous system to go haywire, creating pain disproportionate to the actual injury. It [...]

Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid-Prescribing Debate2018-08-14T10:06:53+00:00

A Surge In Meth Use In Colorado Complicates Opioid Recovery

2018-07-20T11:57:36+00:00

Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday JOHN DALEY Huddled at a computer screen at the Denver Recovery Group, counselor Melissa McConnell looks at the latest urinalysis results for her client, Sara Florence. Last fall, it lit up like a Christmas tree. Now it's all clean. Florence says she stopped using heroin five months ago; she stopped [...]

A Surge In Meth Use In Colorado Complicates Opioid Recovery2018-07-20T11:57:36+00:00

Scientists can track the spread of opioids in sewers. But do cities want to know what lies below?

2018-07-06T09:52:02+00:00

By JUSTIN CHEN JUNE 26, 2018 The French novelist Victor Hugo described the sewage system as “the consciousness of the city,” a place where there are no secrets. Transporting millions of gallons of wastewater, the sewer contains a record of the public’s health and the substances it consumes. Today, science has made possible what Hugo [...]

Scientists can track the spread of opioids in sewers. But do cities want to know what lies below?2018-07-06T09:52:02+00:00

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

2018-06-04T13:31:02+00:00

By Barry Meier Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unaware of the powerful opioid painkiller’s growing abuse until years after it went on the market. But a copy of a confidential Justice Department report shows that federal prosecutors investigating [...]

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused2018-06-04T13:31:02+00:00

More U.S. kids overdosing on ADHD drugs

2018-05-29T11:28:26+00:00

By Lisa Rapaport The surge in U.S. kids taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is having an unintended side effect, a new study suggests: more children and teens are overdosing on these drugs. Nationwide, U.S. Poison Control Centers received more than 156,000 calls about exposures to ADHD drugs among youth 19 years old and [...]

More U.S. kids overdosing on ADHD drugs2018-05-29T11:28:26+00:00

The problem isn’t opioids — it’s how we’re raising our kids

2018-05-29T11:03:56+00:00

BY MELISSA TASSÉ Let’s start with the obvious. Our nation is suffering from the scourge of an opioid epidemic—in the form of addiction to opioid-based painkillers and heroin — that is creating anxiety, fear, and hopelessness among families and communities, while representing the leading cause of natural death in our country. Now, let’s discuss what [...]

The problem isn’t opioids — it’s how we’re raising our kids2018-05-29T11:03:56+00:00

As ADHD Diagnoses Increased, So Did Calls to Poison Control

2018-05-29T10:49:22+00:00

By Gaby Galvin A NEW STUDY IS SOUNDING the alarm about misuse of medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There were 156,365 calls to poison control centers for people under 20 who were improperly exposed to ADHD medication from 2000 through 2014, according to the study published in the journal Pediatrics. The number of calls surged between 2000 and 2011 [...]

As ADHD Diagnoses Increased, So Did Calls to Poison Control2018-05-29T10:49:22+00:00

What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos?

2018-05-29T10:03:52+00:00

By Martha Bebinger The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at 17; never getting his GED; going through the horrors of detox, maybe 40 times, including this latest, which he finished two weeks [...]

What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos?2018-05-29T10:03:52+00:00

The Pain Hustlers

2018-05-15T11:50:30+00:00

By Evan Hughes Selling drugs is a relationship business. It’s best to do it in person. That is why, on a summer evening in 2012, Alec Burlakoff was out for dinner with Steven Chun, the owner of Sarasota Pain Associates. Burlakoff was a sales manager for Insys Therapeutics, an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company with only one [...]

The Pain Hustlers2018-05-15T11:50:30+00:00

5 unintended consequences of addressing the opioid crisis

2018-05-14T10:47:54+00:00

By SARAH KARLIN-SMITH and BRIANNA EHLEY The crackdown on opioids is having unintended consequences. The push for fewer opioid prescriptions at lower doses and for shorter periods has increased suffering for some pain patients including those near the end of life. The emphasis on opioids has also overshadowed other forms of substance abuse that require attention. With fatal [...]

5 unintended consequences of addressing the opioid crisis2018-05-14T10:47:54+00:00