A new report outlines how the FDA is cracking down on xylazine diversion, the animal tranquilizer currently being mixed into opioids to create deadly concoctions that kill users. The FDA is moving in the right direction by making this effort, but more needs to be done...
Clinicians and families alike may not be aware of the risk posed by consumption of a readily available type of poppy seed. Despite this lack of awareness, this seed can result in addiction, overdose and death.
One of the most common questions I hear regarding addiction is, “How did the addiction epidemic get so bad?” And I can see why people ask this.
The term “over-prescribing” is one we hear with frequency today. Over-prescribing is a phenomenon where a doctor administers a prescription for too much of a drug. Such can manifest by a doctor giving a patient a medicine for too long…
Jake Harper of NPR.org reported on Nov. 2, 2018 that the FDA has approved the distribution of Dsuvia, a very potent opioid pain reliever. It is 5 to 10 times more potent than fentanyl and 1,000 more potent than morphine.
Everyone loves a good conspiracy. Or, we like to think that we do, but we all know that life would be a whole lot better if the conspiracies never happened in the first place. The drama and the subterfuge might be interesting at first, but it always comes at a cost.
One would have had to have been living under a rock not to know about the 21st century opioid epidemic that our country is struggling with. It’s been terrible, it’s been all over the news, it’s been a constantly growing and expanding problem, and for the most part, we as a nation have been unable to do anything to hinder the growth of such a crippling crisis.
Solving the Opioid Crisis: What Has to Happen to Return Prescription Control to the Right Hands? Part III
Let’s take a look at an ideal world—a world where drugs are only given when they are truly needed to improve health, where there is no undue or skewed influence causing patients to ask for specific types of medication, where doctors use nothing but an honest education to make their choices. What might have to happen to take us in the direction of this ideal world?
Most Americans know we’re in the midst of a deadly opioid epidemic. But few realize that control of the rate and volume of prescribing addictive painkillers has moved into the wrong hands. Get educated now on this vital topic.