Opioid Limits on Prescribing – Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

  I don’t need to quote statistics on opioid misuse disorder to set the tone for this article.  That’s a good thing I guess; it must mean our overall awareness of the topic is current. When I first started talking about this topic at conferences, about 70% of my [...]

2019-09-03T16:07:36-05:00June 6th, 2018|

Is There Evidence for Medical Cannabinoid Use in Children?

  As you may know I present at conferences regularly on opioids and marijuana and their implications in the workplace.  One of the statements I make during these talks applies to the need for research into the evidence of efficacy, dosage, type, etc.  of medical marijuana. If you had [...]

2019-09-03T16:10:32-05:00January 11th, 2018|

Doctor’s Prescribing Habits linked to Drug Company Gifts

This study backs up ongoing concerns voiced regarding the practice of pharmaceutical reps providing gifts to physicians.  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/863304?nlid=105107_2981&src=wnl_dne_160517_mscpedit&uac=249582HK&impID=1099469&faf=1  Another very in-depth article on this http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2811591/ How does this relate to the Opioid Epidemic?  Take a look at this article that details Purdue Pharma and their role in marketing Valium and Oxyconting: http://theweek.com/articles/541564/how-american-opiate-epidemic-started-by-pharmaceutical-company

2019-09-03T16:52:20-05:00May 17th, 2016|


TALKING TO PATIENTS ABOUT SENSITIVE TOPICS As the opioid epidemic and its aftermath continues to run its course, the federal government is beginning to take notice and more importantly, action.  At the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit last week in Atlanta a  surprise visitor, President Obama attended [...]

2016-04-06T08:45:12-05:00April 6th, 2016|

New Direction – Part 3 Drum Roll Please: The medication with the Lowest NNT for acute pain?

I believe if we took a poll of doctors, nurses, claims professionals, employers, and injured workers most would state their belief that opioids are stronger than other pain medications (NSAIDs or acetaminophen). Several organizations have reviewed the comparative effectiveness of oral pain medications.  In part 2 of this series, I [...]

2019-09-03T17:11:24-05:00January 19th, 2016|
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