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Are States Over-inflating Prescription Opioid Abuse and Lying to the Public?

Most states have had their PDMP programs up and running for ten years at an average cost to tax payers of $1 billion per year. For this cost, the most valuable data published from these programs for public consumption are number of prescriptions written per year, with a claim that reductions in these numbers are a major contributor in reducing opioid overdoses and OUD.

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Gambling addictions in Ohio have doubled since 2012

In the last seven years gambling in Ohio has skyrocketed.

“There’s more gambling availability now in Ohio than there’s ever been before,” Bruce Jones said.

Jones, with the Maryhaven Gambling Intervention Program, says that’s because of more accessibility like casinos, gaming and online betting.

“It’s right there with alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, opioids, hypnotics,” he said. “A behavioral addiction of gambling disorder.”

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Political Back Stabbing In Oklahoma Begins

The state is entitled to $829 million from settlements with drug companies or court orders. But so far, none of the money has been spent on opioid addiction treatment. Here’s where the money stands for each company or group.

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Fact check: Trump falsely claims to have 'saved' pre-existing conditions protections

Tami Luhby, CNN – Monday, he claimed credit for being “the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare” in a tweet blasting an ad by former New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg that attacks the President’s record on health care.

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Franklin County Ohio Coroner, drug overdose deaths up 15% in 2019

Pre-release data reported by the Associated Press on 2019 opioid overdose deaths indicates that for the first nine months of 2019, opioid overdose deaths rose grew at a faster rate when compared to the same time period in 2018.

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Ohio Reports Record Lows on Prescription Opioid Use Part 3

Ohio State officials take great pride in their efforts to thwart opioid addiction, drug overdose deaths and their efforts are both noticable and commendable. Yet at a cost of nearly $7,000 per patient per year, it comes at a high price. Let’s review a score card and check that progress starting with an executive summary released by the State Board of Pharmacy on their PDMP system known as OARRS.

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A Medical Legal View of Chronic Pain Management

Don’t Punish Pain Rally Talk Show with Claudia recently interviewed Dr. Dan Laird on the current conditions of government regulations of opioids and law enforcements efforts to curb the use of prescription opioids by ratcheting up the arrests of physicians who treat pain.

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New Fentanyl Analogue Acrylfentanyl, Hits US Shores

A new analogue of Fentanyl, Acrylfentanyl a Schedule I drug by the DEA, has recently contributed to three deaths in western Pennsylvania. The suspected source for the substance is China.

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Death maybe a Doorway to a Pain Free Existence

The title of this post is a quote from a patient who spoke these words as we talked this last week. Force tapered to zero medication from a previous dosage of 75 MME just over two years ago after twelve years of 100% compliance with medication use.

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What the Frack Oklahoma!

By R Carter To borrow a term from Battlestar Galactica, you know what I mean. I’m a native Oklahoman and lived there most of my life up until about three years ago, so I feel I have some latitude here to voice an opinion. Back in the 80’s when someone…

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