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Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017

In 2017, among 70,237 drug overdose deaths, 47,600 (67.8%) involved opioids, with increases across age groups, racial/ethnic groups, county urbanization levels, and in multiple states. From 2013 to 2017, synthetic opioids contributed to increases in drug overdose death rates in several states. From 2016 to 2017, synthetic opioid-involved overdose death rates increased by 45.2%.

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Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Adults — United States, 2016

CDC researchers estimate that chronic pain affects approximately 50 million U.S. adults, and high-impact chronic pain affects approximately 20 million adults.

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Posted in Polls and Surveys

Medical Boards and Physician Practice Poll 2019 – Part 4

In Part 3 we looked at prevailing attitudes and beliefs regarding the use of opioids in medicine vs abuse and addiction. In Part 4 we’ll look at the impact law enforcement has had on physician practice and care for patients as well as some unusual requirements found for patient contracts used in pain management.

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Posted in CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

63% of all Opioid Overdose Deaths also involve other drugs

From 2013 to 2017, the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths in the United States increased 90%.

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Posted in CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Cocaine and Psychostimulants with Abuse Potential – United States, 2003-2017

From 2016 to 2017, death rates involving cocaine and psychostimulants increased across age groups, racial/ethnic groups, county urbanization levels, and multiple states.

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Posted in CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Unintentional Fentanyl Overdoses Among Persons Who Thought They Were Snorting Cocaine

On January 7, 2019, three patients arrived at the Community Regional Medical Center emergency department in Fresno, California, after snorting white powder they thought was cocaine.

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Posted in Polls and Surveys

Medical Boards and Physician Practice Poll 2019 – Part 3

Medical Boards and Physician Practice Poll 2019 –In Part 3 we look at perceptions around the use of opioids in medicine vs abuse and addiction.

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Posted in CDC Health Alert Network Chronic Pain News

Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pills and Toxic Fentanyl-related Compounds Further Increases Risk of Fentanyl-related Overdose and Fatalities – Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 395

CDC on October 26, 2015, CDC issued HAN 384 that alerted (1) public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners of the increase in fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) (i.e., non-pharmaceutical fentanyl); (2) provided recommendations for improving detection of fentanyl-related overdose outbreaks; and (3) encouraged states to expand access to naloxone and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths.

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Posted in CDC News

Today's Heroin Epidemic

Heroin use has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Some of the greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Not only are people using heroin, they are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and prescription opioid painkillers.

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Surgeon Calls for Powerful Patient Union with Actionable Liability Levers

https://opmed.doximity.com/articles/the-american-patient-defense-union-the-time-has-come-7818424cf1b1?_csrf_attempted=yes&fbclid=IwAR2BbC3HBoChi_fxyG4_2vhT31b_yLPlZjIOVmBT-QZ2_Lf9RTyRF-VhRJQ This is a topic which is timely and well presented from an inside source. Hooman Noorchashm, MD PhD • Thoracic Surgery shares his views on creating a union for patients of the our healthcare system. For the past 4 years I’ve been living in a crucible from hell —…

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