115 Americans die each day from the opioid epidemic according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heightened concerns over opioid addiction have many doctors questioning their own role in this widespread and ongoing crisis. Pain has been touted as the “fifth vital sign”, but doctors, dentists, and outpatient physicians have begun to reassess their recommendation of opioid drugs like Percocet, hydrocodone and Vicodin. [Read more…]
A number of states have begun suing pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioid pain medication. The State of Washington sued Purdue Pharma for allegedly misrepresenting the addiction risk of OxyContin and other opioid painkillers.1)http://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-ferguson-sues-one-nation-s-largest-opioid-manufacturers-over-state-s-opioid Washington’s opioid statistics are disturbing: two Washington residents die each day from opioids, with nearly 10,000 residents dying since 2000.2)http://crosscut.com/2017/09/state-seattles-rx-for-opioid-crisis-big-pharma-needs-to-pay/ Washington is seeking to recoup Purdue Pharma’s profits from the sale of opioid pain medication in Washington.
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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidelines for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain. As many have observed, opioid prescription abuse is rampant. In an effort to curtail the abuse of these medications, the CDC has issued the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, which is available on its website: [Read more…]