OPIOID CRISIS: What role have doctors played in creating the opioid crisis?

Many admit overprescribing of opioid medications helped create epidemic In the early 1990s, the number of painkiller prescriptions filled at U.S. pharmacies increased by 2 to 3 million every year. Around 1996, they jumped by 8 million, as doctors quickly became part of a painkiller prescription-writing bonanza. The makers of Oxycontin launched a marketing campaign …

How Much Time Did Your Doctor Spend Informing You About The Probability of Addiction, Organ Damage & Premature Death BEFORE He Gave You Your First Opioid, Benzo, or Antidepressant?

A typical scenario is going to your doctor with some type of pain, anxiety, or mood issues.  He (or she) gives you a few brief moments to describe what's going on and then offers you Vicodin, Klonopin, and/or an antidepressant.  The entire scenario exists in the space of about 30 seconds. You happily leave the …

This Common Drug Combo Raises Your Risk of Lethal Overdose Fivefold

NEVER Blindly Trust Your Doctor. Be 99% Of Your Own Medical Care By Working Together As A Team Where YOU Do Your Due Diligence And Research, Research, Research! ~ NationalAddictionNews Story at-a-glance Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. Opioids are responsible for nearly two-thirds of these …

Precedent Set as Court Orders Gov’t to Pay for Medical Marijuana Instead of Opioids for Worker’s Comp

Freehold Township, NJ – In a major victory for medicinal cannabis rights, a New Jersey workers’ compensation judge has ordered a Freehold Township to pay for an injured worker’s medical marijuana, despite an insurance carrier’s objections stemming from the drug’s status Schedule 1 status as a controlled substance under federal law. People will no longer …

Increased Opioid Regulation Leads to Growing Illegal Sales Online

Increased regulation of opioids has led to a growing number of sales online, through an underground network of websites known as the “darknet,” Newsweek reports. In 2014 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) changed the designation of opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone from Schedule III to Schedule II, which means doctors have more limitations on …

Synthetic Opioids Flooding Into US Via Postal Service – BEWARE!

 Story at-a-glance Preliminary data suggests up to 65,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016. More than 202,600 people died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015 Opioid abuse has been identified as a significant factor in rising unemployment. Data suggests chronic opioid use accounted for 20 percent of the increase in male unemployment between …

Patients Receive Most Opioids at the Doctor’s Office, Not the ER

    An analysis by USC Schaeffer Center researchers found that from 1996 to 2012, the proportion of opioid prescriptions from physician's offices increased even as the share from other settings had decreased. The researchers conducted the analysis based on data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey conducted annually by the Agency for Healthcare Research …