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Now, More Deaths from Drug Overdose than Car Accidents - US


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https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/05/12/why-we-need-more-resources-prescription-opioid-and-heroin-epidemic

 

At present, nearly 2 million Americans — people across the economic spectrum, in small towns and big cities — suffer from an opioid use disorder. As a result, tens of thousands of Americans are dying every year and more still will die because of a tragic resurgence in the use of heroin.

As a profession that places patient well-being as our highest priority, we must accept responsibility to re-examine prescribing practices. We must begin by preventing our patients from becoming addicted to opioids in the first place. We must work with federal and private health insurers to enable access to multi-disciplinary treatment programs for patients with pain and expand access for medication-assisted treatment for those with opioid use disorders. We must do these things with compassion and attention to the needs of our patients despite conflicting public policies that continue to assert unreasonable expectations for pain control.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/confronting-a-crisis-an-o_b_9911530.html

 


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1 hour ago, Dustparticle said:

 Since I'm in a lot of pain, this morning my doctor just upper my dose on Morphine. Need to be careful of drugs that are legal too.

It's the prescription drugs that so many are ODing on - especially the pain killers. Be careful my brother. 

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