Posted in CDC MMWR Chronic Pain News

Opportunities to Prevent Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription and Illicit Opioids, 11 States, July 2016-June 2017

This report type from the CDC is long overdue. For more than a decade the CDC has been unable to differentiate to any fine degree, the number of opioid overdose deaths which were caused by illegal drug use vs prescription drug use. Lack of funding at State Coroner offices for detailed forensic testing, which includes investigation of causes, toxicology testing using gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy, identification of specific drugs vs drug categories, was a major contributor to perceptions that opioids in general equaled prescription opioids prescribed by doctors.

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Chronic Lyme disease: Everything you need to know

Lyme disease comes from a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks, most commonly the deer tick, spread Lyme disease. Doctors usually treat the infection with antibiotics. With treatment, Lyme disease typically clears up quickly for most people. However, some people continue to have symptoms of Lyme disease following their treatment.

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Could a unique new fungus offer an opioid alternative?

A new fungus discovered in the estuarine waters of Tasmania could be the unexpected answer to the world’s opioid crisis, a current study suggests.Share on fungus present in Tasmanian estuarine water may yield an effective and safe opioid alternative.

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West of the Mississippi, Meth Not Fentanyl Is the Deadliest Drug

According to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released last week, while fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine continue to account for most fatal drug overdoses in the Eastern U.S., it’s a very different story once you cross the Mississippi River.

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How the Drug Trade Transformed a Peaceful Tropical Country into a Narco State

Guinea-Bissau is more reminiscent of holiday destinations than some kind of drug war zone.

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Key brain protein may be what maintains chronic pain

A new study in rodents reveals a key protein that may explain why chronic pain persists. The findings may lead to therapeutic agents that could “disrupt the maintenance of pain.”

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Posted in Medical News

A Company Is Sending Cannabis and Coffee to Space to See if They Mutate

Front Range Biosciences is flying hemp and coffee aboard a SpaceX mission in March.

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Posted in Chronic Pain News Medical News

What to know about codeine withdrawal

Codeine is a prescription medication that can sometimes cause addiction. A person who is dependent on codeine may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Learn about the symptoms of codeine withdrawal and their expected duration here, as well as the various treatment options available.

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Posted in Drug War Chronicle

America's Afghanistan Anti-Drug Boondoggle Nears the $9 Billion Mark

The amount of money the U.S. government has spent trying to wipe out Afghan opium since it invaded the country in 2002 has now reached $8.94 billion, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) noted in his latest quarterly report to Congress on October 30.

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Posted in Chronic Pain News

Julian Castro supports access to care for chronic pain

Julian Castro is the only presidential candidate who has come out in support of chronic pain patients. While some facts he speaks to remain similar to the party line, he is at least open to a to a dialog on the issues.

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