Emma Passé Hospitals want to keep their patients happy, but too often doctors treat pain like a disease and push opioids even when people explicitly say no. This is a story about how the health care industry effectively forces patients into opioid use. I know, because this recently almost happened to me. And it could [...]
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The Spotlight on Opioids assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health into one document to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder. Click Here To Read More
SCOTT HENSLEY U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams made a plea in April for more Americans to be prepared to administer naloxone, an opioid antidote, in case they or people close to them suffer an overdose. "The call to action is to recognize if you're at risk," Adams told NPR's Rachel Martin. "And if you or [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]