Tag: opioid

Opioid Summaries by State

Revised May 2019 2017 Opioid-Involved Overdose Death Rates (per 100,000 people) State Opioid Involved Overdose Deaths Rates and Prescribing Levels. * TO SEE TABLE BY STATE OF “OPIOID INVOLVED OVERDOSE DEATHS/100,000 PERSONS, 2017” COMPARED TO “OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS/100 PERSONS” GO TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AT: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state#.XVkoopeSSYE.facebook Opioid overdose deaths are identified using underlying cause-of-death codes X40–X44,…

Preventing Opioid Abuse Shouldn’t Mean Ignoring Patients’ Pain

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW AUGUST 14, 2019 From lawsuits by several states against the manufacturers of opioids to criminal prosecutions against pharmaceutical executives, much has been made about pain medications and their misuse. In many cases, these are necessary actions  to address predatory practices that have hurt patients. Unfortunately, if you just pay attention to these headlines,…

Los Angeles Times: With opioid abuse surging, expert panel recommends drug screening for all U.S. adults

Soaring rates of painkiller abuse are one factor that prompted an expert panel to recommend that primary care doctors screen all their adult patients for illicit drug use. (David Maialetti / Philadelphia Inquirer) By MELISSA HEALY STAFF WRITER  AUG. 13, 2019, 4:22 PM It’s time for doctors to start asking every patient, every time: Have you…