Category: SEPTEMBER 2019

LETTER: Downside to state’s opioid judgment

James Marples Longview Texas To the editor: Having family in Stillwater, some of whom are senior-citizens and rely on medications, I read the Stillwater News-Press article: “Oklahoma wins case against drugmaker in historic opioid trial” (Aug 26 issue). Some of my relatives have to take legally prescribed opioids for pain-relief and they do so prudently…

Pharmacist Steve, Overdosing on Regulation: How Government Caused the Opioid Epidemic

https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/overdosing-regulation-how-government-caused-opioid-epidemic Opioid overdose deaths have risen dramatically in the United States over the past two decades. The standard explanation blames expanded prescribing and advertising of opioids beginning in the 1990s. This “more prescribing, more deaths” explanation has spurred increased legal restrictions on opioid prescribing. Federal and state governments have enacted a variety of policies to…

Widely Prescribed Opioid Drug Linked To Higher Hypoglycemia Risk

https://www.medicaldaily.com/opioid-drug-hypoglycemia-risk-441809 One of the five most popularly prescribed opioid analgesics in the United States for chronic pain conditions, tramadol, has proven to cause a tenfold risk of hypoglycemia in nondiabetic patients. There is a need to study the link of opioids to hypoglycemia since it indicates an early sign of diabetes, when blood sugar levels drop…