The data shows that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to commercial pharmacies in 2006 and 12.6 billion in 2012. That’s an increase of over 50%.
While the CDC breaks out data points for causes unrelated to mental health issues, the one category missing in its data collection efforts, and one for which they have abundant data, are the suicides related to forced tapering or termination of opioids in patients with legitimate medical needs.
More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge drinking, according to a new study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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This is what happens when our chief medical officer, the US Surgeon General, becomes a politician and not a medical professional. Using his medical degree as a pedigree for bad science, betraying the trust of the American people rather trusting their ability to understand the details of what’s at stake and letting them choose rather than having their choices limited by false claims and misdirection.
Simple explanations for drug abuse have rarely, if ever, produced insights that lead to effective means for combating the problem
Gina Kolata of the NY Times says, to treat emergency room patients in acute pain, a single dose of oral opioids is no better than drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen
Share the News11 11SharesBy R Carter Having followed the opioid overdose data closely, both from my state and from the CDC, I’ve been anticipating press releases…
SOP (Scope of Practice) laws or regulations AKA Occupational License Laws have become a new tool for restricting services rendered in healthcare over the last couple of decades.