Thursday, February 2, 2023

Tag: opioid epidemic

Study Finds Deteriorating Mental Health Among Poor White Americans

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Researchers find evidence of low socio-economic status White Americansā€™ rising distress and declining well-being since the mid-1990s.

How Big Pharma Deceives You About Drug Safety

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FromĀ The Conversation: A Saskatchewan judge recently rejected a proposed settlement between the Canadian provinces and Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, over the opioid...

Experts Warn of an Emerging ‘Stimulant Epidemic’

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FromĀ Medscape: While policymakers and members of the general public are justifiably focused on addressing the opioid epidemic, there is another epidemic that may be...

CBT and Educational Intervention Reduce Chronic Pain, Study Finds

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Research examines the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) on experiences of chronic pain among low-income patients.

The Poison We Pick

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In this piece forĀ New York Magazine, Andrew Sullivan traces the history of the use of opiates in the U.S. and explores the social, economic,...

Psychiatrists Warn Policymakers Benzodiazepine Overuse Could Lead to Next Epidemic

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Although opioid addiction and overuse have garnered significant national attention, similar trends in benzodiazepine overprescription and overuse continue to go unnoticed.

The Opioid Diaries

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FromĀ TIME: Over the past year, photographer James Nachtwey set out to document the opioid crisis, the worst addiction epidemic in American history. Here, Nachtwey's...

Congress Did Something Extraordinary for Vulnerable Children

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FromĀ The Intercept: A new piece of legislation attempting to revolutionize the foster care system recently passed despite significant opposition. The Family First Prevention Services...

Polypharmacy is Compounding the Opioid Epidemic

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FromĀ The Lown Institute:Ā TheĀ recent deaths of several beloved musicians, actors, and other public figures have brought to light the dangers of taking multiple, potentiallyĀ fatal drugs. "In...

An Overlooked Factor in the Opioid Crisis

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FromĀ It's Not Just an Opioid Crisis: The media are saturated with coverage of the familial and community devastation that has resulted from the opioid...

In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court

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FromĀ The New York Times: The opioid epidemic is wreaking havoc on Cherokee families and putting Cherokee children at risk. Now, the Cherokee Nation has...

The Problem With Hospitalizing Opioid Addicts Against Their Will

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FromĀ The Washington Post: In Massachusetts, which has one of the highest rates of opioid deaths nationally, addiction-related civil commitments have doubled in the past...

America’s Opioid Crisis Proves the Limits of Capitalism

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In this piece forĀ RT,Ā Slavoj Žižek discusses the impact of capitalism on America's opioid crisis, exploring the factors that have driven people to use drugs...

The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016

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FromĀ The New York Times: According to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016, drug overdose deaths increased by...

What We Must Learn From the US Opioid Epidemic

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FromĀ The BMJ: There is no doubt that America's opioid epidemic is a national crisis that needs to be addressed. However, we must be careful...

Drug Dealers in Lab Coats

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FromĀ The New York Times: For decades, America has waged an ineffective war on illicit drug dealers and drug lords. However, we have failed to...

The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis

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In this pieceĀ forĀ Esquire, Christopher Glazek profiles the Sacklers, the family that owns the pharmaceutical company that manufactures OxyContin. He investigates how the Sacklers' marketing...

The Social Life of Opioids

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FromĀ Scientific American: Increasing prescription rates of opioid painkillers are often blamed for America's current opioid crisis. However, a growing body of research suggests that...

Companies That Fueled the Opioid Epidemic Should Fund Efforts to End...

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The quickest way to restore safe use of opioid prescription is to insist that the drug companies that promoted the overuse of opioids now create a pot of money to develop powerful TV, radio, and print ads, free continuing education offerings, and drug rehabilitation research.

The Real Opioid Emergency

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FromĀ The New York Times: In recent years, politicians have shown increased awarenessĀ of the opioid epidemic and have made statements about the need for treatment,...

Greed Disguised as Science: How a Multitude of Factors Led to...

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Opioids are now the leading cause of mortality from overdose, accounting for 91 deaths every day. The context and key players that created and contributed to the opioid epidemic must be brought into sharp focus if we are to have any hope of stemming the tide of this public health crisis.

Doctors From Lower-Tier Medical Schools Prescribe More Opioids

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FromĀ STAT: New research indicates that doctors who graduated from lower-tier medical schools prescribe about three times as many opioid painkillers per year as those...

Powerful Opioid Suspected in 10-year-old Miami Boy’s Death

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FromĀ STAT: A 10-year-old boy from Miami recently died from a fentanyl overdose, becoming one of the youngest victims of the opioid crisis. Article ā†’Ā­

Why Are So Many People Dying From Opioid Overdoses?

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FromĀ The Guardian: In a society where unemployment is prevalent and people feel isolated from friends, family, and community, opioid use has become a coping...

Jerome Adams Nominated as New U.S. Surgeon General

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FromĀ STAT: President Trump has nominated Indiana's health commissioner, Dr. Jerome Adams, to be the next surgeon general. Adams has played a critical role in...