more people are going through withdrawal – and turning to heroin

Labeling the sharp rise in prescription drug abuse an ‘epidemic’ has made the problem WORSE, expert warns http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3465991/I-ve-never-seen-patients-heroin-Labeling-sharp-rise-prescription-overdoses-epidemic-problem-WORSE-experts-warns.html#ixzz41LNV7aMi The Centers for Disease Control has labeled opioid abuse ‘an epidemic’ But, a top pain expert warns that label is leading to increased heroin use Doctors are now taking patients off painkillers abruptly, he says And so, […]

Alcohol sales to benefit mental health?

http://www.jconline.com/story/news/college/2016/02/26/alcohol-sales-benefit-mental-health/80991716/ Purdue’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) needs more funding to meet the need of a rising rate of students seeking mental health care. The undergraduate student government thinks selling alcohol at sporting events could help. In 2015, CAPS saw a 15 percent increase from the previous year in the number of students who sought an appointment, Purdue Student Government President […]

CDC GUIDELINES… do practitioners consider all of these mandatory.. like a law ?

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/index.html Here is a link and the list of all the CDC’s vaccination recommendations. I wonder how many practitioners consider these “guidelines” mandatory to follow…  If a pt refuses/declines to get a flu shot…  should the practitioner be held responsible for not following these guidelines ? Believe it or not the CDC … does not […]

To prescribe opiates to treat chronic pain is really old school medicine

DEA investigates three central Indiana pain clinics DEA investigates three central Indiana pain clinics If I was a news reporter… I would always seek out an addiction counselor ( with no medical background)  for medical advice on treating chronic pain. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Feb. 26, 2016)–Three central Indiana pain clinics were searched by federal and local agencies […]

A Leopard can’t change its spots

Law Enforcement and Pain Patients http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/2/25/law-enforcement-and-pain-patients http://www.naddi.org/aws/NADDI/pt/sp/home_page http://www.pharmacytimes.com/search?get1=search&keywordType=relevancy&keywordTerm=burke&x=0&y=0 The first link is to a article written by John Burke.. recently retired from a 48 yr career in law enforcement.. he would have started just before Congress passed The Controlled Substance Act in 1970 that eventually morphed into our “beloved” DEA of today. The second link […]

History repeats itself … stupid people pass stupid laws

Stopping Drug Dealers The Indiana General Assembly is focused on ways to reduce the illegal drug epidemic in Indiana. Part of our strategy includes tougher penalties for the dealers who fuel drug abuse in our communities. House Bill 1235 would establish mandatory minimum sentences for the worst drug dealers. Under this bill, the sentence for […]

Not worth two cents

Tell everyone denying you pain management/relief WITHOUT MY NECESSARY MEDICATION… MY QUALITY OF LIFE IS NOT WORTH TWO CENTS

Number of people diagnosed with addictive personality increasing faster than counselors to treat

Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/02/24/467143265/shortage-of-addiction-counselors-further-strained-by-opioid-epidemic?sc=17&f=1001&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app Listen to the Story Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Corbis As the drug-related death toll rises in the United States, communities are trying to open more treatment beds. But an ongoing labor shortage among drug treatment staff is slowing those efforts. Each year, roughly one of every four […]

Eyeball to eyeball meeting ?

March, 2016  http://www.house.gov/legislative/ Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 28 29 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 If you want to get your elected officials attention.. according […]

Justice Department lawyers warned the DEA in private that the wiretaps were unlikely to withstand a legal challenge

Prosecutors halt vast, likely illegal DEA wiretap operation http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/25/dea-riverside-wiretaps-scaled-back/80891460/ PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Prosecutors in a Los Angeles suburb say they have dramatically scaled back a vast and legally questionable eavesdropping operation, built by federal drug agents, that once accounted for nearly a fifth of all U.S. wiretaps. The wiretapping, authorized by prosecutors and a single […]

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