Opiate addiction was America’s first drug crisis. Emerging in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and culminating in the needle based heroin epidemic that has been with us ever since, the abuse of this class of drugs spawned the “war on drugs.” Absolutely essential to medical care as morphine, oxycodone, and similar molecules, opiates cannot …Read the full post.
In the U.S., someone dies from a prescription drug overdose every 19 minutes. Most of these deaths involve opiate medications like OxyContin and Vicodin. As physicians, we have a responsibility to help ease pain but also to prescribe responsibly. Check out this article from CNN (from today).
Teenagers need more of it. The American Academy of Pediatrics says the lack of sleep causes “poor academic performance and poses a serious public health concern. Traffic accidents, depression and obesity can result, with schools that start too early contributing to the problem.” Do you agree? Check the link here. FB blog here.
There are stark differences between where the most money for disease funding goes compared to what actually does harm to us.
States in the midwest and south currently prescribe the most prescription opioids. Click here to read the Popular Science Article on the topic. Do these states have the highest rate of rehab admission as well?
Our heart pours out to Robin Williams, and his family. He was found dead in his home in Marin County, California this morning. Mr. Williams had recently checked out of rehab and early indications are that it may have been a suicide. For us at Recovery Without Walls, this hits close to home as Mr. …Read the full post.
Last week, Dr. Kornfeld presented on “From Opium to Buprenorphine” in front of approximately 300 doctors and other professionals at the 45th annual conference hosted by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Way to go Dr. K!
Have you ever wondered where life began? How did we as human beings came into existence? While slightly off the topic of our normal blog posts, these things are fun to to think about and our own Andrew Kornfeld, Director of Communications at Recovery Without Walls interviewed one of the worlds leading authorities on the …Read the full post.
Philip Seymour Hoffman died from “acute mixed drug intoxication,” according to the newly released official autopsy. The cocktail of controlled substances that led to his tragic death included heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines, as reported by Julie Bolcer of the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. We find it noteworthy that, in addition to the …Read the full post.
The FDA has approved a long-acting hydrocodone (the principle component of Vicodin or Norco) based drug called “Zohydro” for chronic pain. This is another full acting opiate, with high addiction and overdose potential. The successful uses of buprenorphine, as a first line analgesic, are still not fully recognized in the United States. It is our …Read the full post.