US Health Officials’ New Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis: Stop Chronic Pain Before It Starts

The plan is comprised of two main parts: funding for projects that will help develop or facilitate treatments for opioid addiction and overdose, and funding for programs meant to improve the management of pain via research into how acute pain becomes chronic pain (with the hope that someday we can stop that from happening), as well as the development of new, nonaddictive pain treatments.

…For instance, though there are three approved drugs to help people wean off opioids (methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone), Collins and the others note that most people living with opioid addiction never actually get started on these treatments, and of those who do, 50 percent relapse within half a year.

“Research to reformulate these medications to improve adherence, as well as to develop new, more flexible therapies, is needed to help those who have opioid use disorder,” the authors wrote.

US Health Officials’ New Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis: Stop Chronic Pain Before It Starts

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Non-drinkers as likely as heavy drinkers to miss more days of work, study says

A new study showed that people with more extreme drinking habits, on either end of the spectrum, are more likely to call in sick to work. While people who said they drank moderately did not have as many sick days.

Non-drinkers as likely as heavy drinkers to miss more days of work, study says – ABC News

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Medical Marijuana May Be Slowing Opioid Epidemic : Shots – Health News : NPR

Medical marijuana appears to have put a dent in the opioid abuse epidemic, according to two studies published Monday.

The research suggests that some people turn to marijuana as a way to treat their pain, and by so doing, avoid more dangerous addictive drugs.

…Many people end up abusing opioid drugs such as oxycodone and heroin after starting off with a legitimate prescription for pain. The authors argue that people who avoid that first prescription are less likely to end up as part of the opioid epidemic.

…They estimate that these dispensary programs reduced the number of opioid prescriptions by 3.7 million daily doses. States that allowed homegrown marijuana for medical use saw an estimated 1.8 million fewer pills dispensed per day. To put that in perspective, from 2010 to 2015 Medicare recipients received an average of 23 million daily doses of opioids, the researchers say.

…The authors write that laws that permit both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana for adults “have the potential to reduce opioid prescribing for Medicaid enrollees, a segment of population with disproportionately high risk for chronic pain, opioid use disorder and opioid overdose.”

Medical Marijuana May Be Slowing Opioid Epidemic : Shots – Health News : NPR

No shit, Dick Tracy?

Hassan Says Mexico, U.S. Need More Police to Fight Drug Trafficking

Hassan Says Mexico, U.S. Need More Police to Fight Drug Trafficking | New Hampshire Public Radio

More police? Because that helped so much in the eighties and nineties? Should we trot of a hologram of Nancy Reagan and imprison small users for longer than heads of cartels too, Becky?

…Because redoing the mistakes of the past is what this misguided moron is all about.