Tag: opioid

Opioids and chronic pain

by Niccole Caan, KVII Wednesday, October 9th 2019 Opioids and chronic pain (Source: KVII Photo) NOTE: To view photos or videos go to the link listed below. AMARILLO (KVII) — The federal government declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 70,000 people died in…

How do we manage pain in the era of the opioid crisis? RITA AGARWAL, MD | MEDS | OCTOBER 2, 2019 “6 in 10 Kids Got Opioids After Tonsil Surgery, Study Says.” So screams the headline from The Daily Beast. “In the midst of the opioid crisis, doctors sent many kids home with oxycodone and…

How Did We Come to Abandon America’s Pain Patients?

Alison Knopf Overdoses—not those involving prescription opioids, but of heroin and illicit fentanyl, often combined with benzodiazepines—continue to go up. But opioid prescribing continues to go down. Pain patients are untreated and suffering. Pharmaceutical companies are being sued and settling. Law enforcement is cracking down on providers. And many physicians, caught in the middle, have stopped prescribing because they don’t want to…

Opioid Epidemic Prompts Urgent Look at Pain Remedies

By Crime and Justice News  Prompted by the opioid epidemic, federal agencies, university researchers, and drug companies, among others, are reexamining chronic pain, hoping to develop new approaches to predicting and preventing an ancient malady that afflicts 50 million adults in the U.S., the Washington Post reports. Finding answers could not be more urgent. The medical blunder of…