In the wake of the ongoing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published conservative prescribing guidelines for U.S. doctors to follow. And while there have been some welcome reductions in prescribing as a result, physicians should go a step further and offer patients alternatives to addictive pain meds.
Public health experts usually agree that preventive efforts should be used as a front-line defense against health problems. In the case of drug and alcohol addiction, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs are useful preventive tools that states can use to reduce the diversion of pharmaceuticals into the hands of addicts.
When one drug is banned, illicit drug manufacturers just go looking for another drug to manufacture—one that hasn’t been banned yet. For a while, at least, their product may be legal, no matter how deadly it is.
There is compelling evidence that suggests opioid addiction and overdose rates soared during the Covid-19 pandemic. Was this a direct result of Covid-19? Or was it a continuation of America’s opioid addiction epidemic?
The foremost commitment of any medical practitioner is to do no harm, and the vast majority of physicians hold to that. But what happens when the very drugs doctors prescribe are harmful?
The changes of the last several years must be tracked and understood if we are to reverse the terrible losses imposed on our country by those who make and traffic in fentanyl.
What is fentanyl? How did it become America’s worst drug problem? What can be done to prevent soaring fentanyl deaths?
Since the turn of the century, drug overdose fatalities have surged across America. While several different types of drugs have contributed to the crisis, opioids (especially fentanyl) have caused most of the deaths. How does one drug contribute to so much death across the country?
People who are addicted to drugs and alcohol experience multiple hardships due to their addiction. And in the last year, life has become even more challenging as increased isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic has created an additional burden for struggling addicts.
The majority of doctors practice medicine with ethics, morality, and the intention to help. But when doctors do become immoral, people get hurt. This is the story of one such doctor.