Doctors Changing Opioid Prescribing Practices

Doctors and nurse practitioners are in a unique position to impact the American opioid epidemic for the better. While it could easily be argued that those who prescribe addictive narcotics had a major role in creating the problem we see today, they also have a responsibility and the power to alter their prescribing practices –...
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80 Percent of Opioid Addicts Don’t Receive Treatment

With what appears to be ever increasing rates of opioid addiction, it would seem like more and more people would be going to treatment – that may not be the case. While it is a fact that substance use disorder treatment centers across the country have become bogged down with people in need of treatment...
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The Unanticipated Consequences of Prescription Opioids

The over prescribing of prescription opioids, such as Vicodin (hydrocodone) and OxyContin (oxycodone), has lead to a crisis of epidemic proportions. Doctors turn to prescription opioids as a first line of defense in the treatment of pain when, in many cases, they should prescribe opioid painkillers after other avenues have been exhausted. It would seem...
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“Stop Being A Bully!” New Study Examines Who Is More Likely To Bully

Physical bullying at school, as depicted in the film Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A few generations back one could hear a parent say to their child: “Stop being a bully!” It was something parents would say when they wanted one child to “stop picking” on another child. Teachers said it, too. The...
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Doctors Learn Interviewing Techniques With Interactive Video Game

The Doctor, by Sir Luke Fildes (1891) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Did you ever need to go to a hospital emergency room for yourself or to accompany a loved one? The process of explaining your symptoms to the doctor can be cumbersome. You might be suffering from extreme pain due to illness or injury, or even...
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Doctors or Counselors?

Addiction Addiction is perhaps one of the most complex diseases known to mankind. Furthermore, treating addiction with the goal of recovery is even more complex and varies dramatically from one case to another. Are doctors more qualified than counselors for treating serious cases of addiction? Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, is the Executive Director of...
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Doctors Need More Pain Management and Addiction Training

Everyday hundreds of thousands of prescriptions are written by doctors for a number of different health problems. One of the most common reasons doctors prescribe medications is for pain management, typically prescribing prescription opioids to help patients cope with their pain. Prescription opioids, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs...
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