OPIOIDS

Ren in Opioids
June 23, 2019

Opioid Prescribing to Young People Still Ongoing

For years, finding data on young adult and adolescent opioid prescribing was more akin to a deep sea treasure hunt than a cursory scan of the internet. There just wasn’t a lot of information out there. But now that’s changing. People are becoming more aware of adolescent opioid prescribing.

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Ren in Opioids
June 7, 2019

Treating Pain While Avoiding Addiction—How Can We Help Pain Patients and Also Reduce Opioid Consumption?

An article in the Washington Post from early April 2019 focuses on Kirsten Gillibrand, a Senator from New York and a possible contender for the presidential candidacy in 2020. The article discusses Gillibrand’s efforts to curb the opioid crisis and the criticism she has received in doing so.

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Ren in Opioids
April 12, 2019

New Research Shows Opioid Overuse Harms Hormone Levels

It seems like every year we hear about another adverse side effect of pharmaceutical opioid drugs. Yes, there is the rampant death toll from these drugs. The fact that pills are supposed to help people and instead end up killing them is a frequent headliner in news and media.

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Ren in Opioids
February 5, 2019

Synthetic Opioids — The Drugs Responsible for Most of the Overdose Deaths in 2017

The U.S. struggles in the grip of an opioid crisis—perhaps the worst addiction epidemic that our nation has ever seen. And in the last few years, a new strain of opioids has entered the scene, creating a surge in the addiction crisis and a resulting spike in the death toll.

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Karen in Opioids
December 19, 2018

Dealers Add Fentanyl to Cocaine to “Make it Better, Make the Junkies Come Back Faster”

With powerful fentanyl being found in cocaine, methamphetamine, counterfeit pills and Spice, it’s a more life-threatening world in which to abuse drugs than ever before.

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Ren in Opioids
October 18, 2018

How Our Underestimation of Opioids Lead to an Epidemic

At this point, it is pretty clear to me that the United States of America is suffering from a crippling and extremely derisive opioid addiction epidemic. Sometimes, we have a hard time swallowing this bitter truth.

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Karen in Opioids
September 11, 2018

Doctor Focuses on Ethics to Determine Best Painkiller Prescribing Practices

When important changes occur, there’s a possibility of sudden pendulum-swing reactions to those changes. That’s what we’ve been seeing as doctors try to work out the right prescribing practices for opioids. Dr. Kevin Zacharoff moved the focus to medical ethics to teach doctors how to make better decisions.

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Sue Birkenshaw in Opioids
July 25, 2018

More Drugs May Not be the Answer to Opiate Addiction

Thirty years ago, opiate addiction had a very limited range. Most opiate addicts were simply using heroin. A few might be abusing morphine and in a few regions, addicts might have access to opium. In recent years, this landscape has changed entirely.

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Ren in Opioids
July 7, 2018

More Babies are Being Born Addicted to Opiates

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of U.S. babies born addicted to opioids has increased by more than three-hundred percent in the last fifteen years.

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Ren in Opioids
June 20, 2018

Facts About Heroin: What You Need to Know

Heroin. Just the name of the drug itself creates concern and perhaps a touch of morbidity in those who hear it. Heroin has been the bane of life for millions, one of the oldest and most deadly drugs still in use today.

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