Suicides: Associated with non-consented Opioid Pain Medication Reductions

Thomas Kline MD, PhD, 42 years varied primary care • former Chief, Hospital in Home Service @harvardmed • formerly: @UofMaryland, @StanfordDeptMed, @uoregon • passionate about donuts. 2015–2017 9–27–17 1. Phillip Kuykendall from Statesville, North Carolina was a 63 yr old man, an active member of society and hobbyist whose doctor refused to prescribe medication for his pain disease. After […]

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6 Emotions I Experience Every Day Because of Chronic Illness

By Atlanta Rey, I wanted to write a positive piece about the emotions I experience from living with chronic physical and mental illnesses, but it was difficult. No matter how one tries to dress it up, life with chronic physical and mental illnesses is far from pretty; the reality is you cannot dress up physical and mental illnesses […]

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26 ‘Hacks’ That Can Make Cleaning Easier If You Have a Chronic Illness

By Paige Wyant, When you have a chronic illness, seemingly mundane tasks like washing the dishes or doing a load of laundry can be difficult and exhausting. Doing more thorough household chores such as vacuuming, mopping or scrubbing counters can easily exacerbate chronic pain and fatigue. On bad flare days, cleaning may not be possible at all. Therefore, many of those […]

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Over-the-counter painkillers treated painful injuries just as well as opioids in new study

By Melissa Healy, In an opioid epidemic that currently claims an average of 91 lives per day, there have been many paths to addiction. For some, it started with a fall or a sports injury, a trip to a nearby emergency room and a prescription for a narcotic pain reliever that seemed to work well […]

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A Promising New Drug Kills Pain Like Morphine—And It’s Not Addictive, Either

By Jordan E. Rosenfeld, Throw around the word “opioid”—a morphine-derived painkiller like heroin, Vicodin, or Oxycontin—and “epidemic” is likely to follow. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that U.S. deaths from opioid abuse are at a record high, with 78 fatalities occurring every day, a number that has quadrupled since 1999. A 2016 Kaiser Health survey found that nearly half of respondents reported knowing someone with an addiction to heroin, […]

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The Sad Cases of Pain Patients Getting Their Doses Cut and Taking Their Own Lives

“This would not have happened if they’d just left him alone.” By Maia Szalavitz,   Before he broke his back in a 1980s accident that ultimately triggered years of chronic pain, Jay Lawrence had to make a split-second decision. He was on a bridge with a car in front of him and the brakes on his […]

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Prescription Drugs That Block Your Ability To Lose Weight

By Dr. William Davis, Many prescription drugs and some non-prescription block your ability to lose weight and have likely caused weight gain over the time you’ve taken them. As long as you remain on one or more of these drugs, weight loss is very difficult or impossible. Getting off these drugs is therefore key to […]

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British tourist arrested for carrying painkillers in Egypt ‘told she faces DEATH PENALTY’

A BRITISH tourist has reportedly been told she could face the DEATH PENALTY after being arrested in Egypt while carrying painkillers for her husband’s sore back. By ROSS LOGAN, TWITTER/GETTY Laura PLummer was arrested for carrying Tramadol for her husband’s bad back Laura Plummer, 33, has been languishing in a 15ft by 15ft cell with 25 […]

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