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Regulating Opioids: Chronic Pain Patients Caught in the Crossfire

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Jun 15, 2018 10:08:45 AM

As we all know, opioid use has skyrocketed in the United States, increasing by 300 percent from 1997 to 2010. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an in depth-analysis in March showing that drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of those deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioid.

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Topics: Opioids

Who Can Solve the Opioid Crisis?

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on May 11, 2018 1:52:47 PM

Opioids. The very word can strike fear into a medical practitioner’s heart nowadays. While they are certainly an effective tool for managing pain in the short term, the dangers of extended use are causing serious problems in our country, not only in the medical industry, but the fields of criminal justice, mental health, economics, even the arena of marriage and family is being negatively impacted by the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction.

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Topics: News, Prevention, Opioids

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