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Seniors, SAD and Opioid Dependency

At least 91 Americans will lose their lives to opioids today.

Some will be young, but others may be seniors too.

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How the Opioid Crisis Stretches Into Post-Acute Care

Post-acute care (PAC) includes individuals receiving long-term care, home health care, outpatient treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation for both physical and mental health concerns. Technically, all health organizations have branches or roots in post-acute care, but persons-served in this space are starting to become part of the opioid narrative.

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First Glance: Commission to Reduce Opioid Abuse, Barriers to Care, and Suicide

The risk of opioid overdose has reached an all-time high, killing approximately 91 people daily, asserts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In keeping with his campaign promises, President Trump established the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis via executive order on March 29, 2017, reports the Office of the Press Secretary. But, what has the...

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Using Data to Combat the U.S. Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is one of the biggest cost drivers in healthcare, especially now that drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2014 alone, over 47,000 lethal drug overdoses occurred.

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Did We Create the Opioid Epidemic?

We’ve all heard these phrases like the ones below since childhood, from people in positions of authority:

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Treating the Opioid Epidemic

The Role of Prescribers in the Opioid Epidemic

The 10 year epidemic of opioid abuse has had a key contribution from physicians, dentists and other opioid prescribers who have overused chronic opioids for pain relief.  This use of chronic opioids for benign but chronic pain conditions such as low back pain, headache, peripheral neuropathies and fibromyalgia has produced opioid tolerance and...

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Addiction Treatment Goes Bionic? Implants Could Be Key to Recovery.

More than 1.9 million people in the U.S. suffer from opioid abuse, reports the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Sadly, many of those who abuse prescription opioids lose their lives due to overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 165,000 people died of prescription opioid overdose during the most recent reporting period, which ranged from 1999 to...

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When Sobriety Is Too Late: Opioid Addiction

Recently, the death of music legend, Prince, reopened the conversation about opioid and heroin abuse in the U.S. Unfortunately, the number of Americans above age 12 who suffer from a substance use disorder seems to be only growing. Meanwhile, the incidence of death from prescription opioid abuse and heroin is starting to affect a demographic that has traditionally avoided the pitfalls of...

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