opinion Bill Sternberg USA TODAY Published 10:45 p.m. UTC Sep 5, 2018 Whenever I meet someone new at a social gathering, the question typically comes up within a few minutes of casual conversation: How many children do you have? Until nine months ago, this innocent question had a simple answer. Now it triggers a rapid and painful mental calculation. I could say two. My daughter is in New York and my son is in Philadelphia. That’s the easy answer, I suppose. But it doesn’t feel right. No, that doesn’t feel right at all. Or I could say three. Yes, that feels better. Much better. But do I want to discomfort this person I just met? And how much do I really want to share? A phone call at halftime Picture an NFL stadium holding a capacity crowd of 72,000. That number, according to a preliminary estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is about how many Americans died last year from drug overdoses. An entire stadium full of people. Our son Scott … [Read more...] about The opioid crisis hits home. Mine.
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opinion Karen Boland Opinion contributor Published 12:33 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 For the past five years, I have been plagued with thoughts of regret. “I should have done more” and “I wish I did that” are on a constant loop inside my head. I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that it will always be there, like a mass that encompasses part of my head, my heart and my home. This is my new normal since my son died, at the age of 30, of a heroin overdose. (Mother's Guilt #1) Cory died of his addiction, but he also died because the medical profession failed him. Please don’t think that I feel my son had no responsibility for his death. He absolutely did, but so did all the doctors who overprescribed medications without getting to the root of his problem: depression. Cory was a happy-go-lucky guy with a need for thrills. When he was 19, he had an accident involving a trampoline and a snowboard. He landed face … [Read more...] about A mother’s guilt: my personal experience with the opioid crisis and what to do about it
The heads of five major drug distribution companies downplayed their contribution to the opioid crisis on Tuesday while testifying before a Congressional subcommittee tasked with investigating the epidemic spurred by abuse of opioids. Their testimony drew bipartisan wrath and one Republican suggested prison terms for some company officials. Miami-Luken CEO Joseph Mastandrea told the House panel that his company played a role in the opioid crisis, but executives from the other four drug distributors demurred saying the responsibility lied with prescribers and pharmacists more than it did with distributors. "60 Minutes": Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress While staying firm that his company is not responsible for the opioid crisis, Cardinal Health CEO George Barrett apologized for not doing more to stop large shipments of prescription painkillers from flooding into rural communities in West Virginia. "I want to express my personal regret for our … [Read more...] about Major drug distributors downplay contribution to opioid crisis in testimony before Congress
Legalised cannabis use may help solve America’s opioid crisis, two scientific studies have suggested. Two separate peer-reviewed studies in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found significant drops in opioid prescribing in US states that had relaxed their cannabis laws. Both studies appear to offer insights into possible ways to solve a crisis that saw 17,087 people die from prescription opioid overdoes in the US in 2016. Read more Donald Trump says government may sue drug companies over opioids The crisis has its origins in soaring prescription rates after a new generation of opioids were marketed in the 1980s and 1990s with inaccurate claims that they could alleviate chronic pain with minimal risk of addiction. The new research was accompanied by an opinion piece in JAMA Internal Medicine which said both studies produced “results suggesting that cannabis legalisation may play a beneficial role in the opioid crisis”. In the first study, researchers at the … [Read more...] about Legalised cannabis could help solve America’s opioid crisis, studies suggest
0 Comments Chief doctor urges more Americans to carry overdose antidote amid opioid crisis BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The US chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/chief-doctor-urges-more-americans-to-carry-overdose-antidote-amid-opioid-crisis-36778763.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article36778759.ece/f7321/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_e66fe9b7-67d1-4d7e-a95e-9d49284a1a79_1 Email The US chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives. Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams issued his office’s first national public health advisory in 13 years at the National Rx Drug Abuse And Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Thursday, He said he hopes those who are at risk – as well as their friends and family – … [Read more...] about Chief doctor urges more Americans to carry overdose antidote amid opioid crisis