The opioid crackdown is making life untenable for chronic pain patients like me http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-sanders-opioid-crisis-national-emergency-20171025-story.html President Trump recently said that he intends to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. If he makes good on that promise, it will be the country’s first official state of emergency for a drug epidemic. That designation would make more […]
I still occasionally read medical journals with articles relating to general adult medicine; I consider it a task, not as enjoyable as reading medical journals about Addiction Medicine.
So, imagine my surprise and delight to read a thoughtful opinion piece in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (August 13, 2019, Vol. 322, No. 6, pp 501-502.)
This article, written by Payel Roy M.D. and Michael Stein M.D., both from Boston University School of Medicine, puts forth the idea of increasing access to life-saving buprenorphine by making it available behind the counter at pharmacies with no prescription required.
The article describes the scope of our problem in the U.S: we have around two million people with opioid use disorder, most of whom aren’t getting any treatment. We have around 130 people die from opioid overdose deaths each day. Though we have medication for opioid use…
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Dr. Jen Gunter is an OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician, often been called “Twitter’s resident gynecologist.” She is a fierce and vocal advocate for women’s health and writes incisive posts on sex, science, and more.Dr. Jen Gunter — Discover
The opioid epidemic has rolled on for more than twenty years now, but misunderstandings and ignorance about best practices regarding treatment of patients still flourishes in medical and dental professionals. Part of my job as an Addiction Medicine treatment professional is the gentle education of other medical providers. Over the past years, I’m more patient than I used to be, knowing that most providers just need information in order to do the best thing for our shared patients. If I’m polite and friendly, our interaction is more likely to go well.
And sometimes, it makes no difference.
This week’s drama unfolded around a patient who was recently diagnosed with cancer. This patient, being treated for opioid use disorder with methadone at 110mg per day, had to see an oral surgeon to have all of her teeth removed before she can undergo cancer chemotherapy. This is because…
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I am happy to say that the eagle has landed! We got my wife home yesterday. It was a concerted group effort! She texted my first thing in the morning, stating that her MRI would be at 9:45AM. She told me what she needed from home. After we got off the phone, I thought about her trying to swing that immobilized leg into the car- even our van. So, I called a woman in the church, asking if she might be available to bring the church bus- fully handicapped accessible- to the hospital. She graciously agreed.
I got everything she needed and then- we waited. She called about 11AM saying she was ready for us to come and get her. I texted our awesome “bus driver” we met her and the bus at the hospital a few minutes later. We wheeled her to the ER entrance and…
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