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Life After Opioids for the Chronic Pain Patient

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Many of the 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States have been depending on opioids to manage their pain, some for decades. In the last few years, concerns about addiction and deaths from prescription opioids have resulted in changes in guidelines regarding opioid use and a crackdown on physicians who prescribe opioids. Many […]

Smoking vs. Eating Marijuana

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If you’re using marijuana for medical purposes, which is better–inhaling it through smoking or vaporizing (vaping) or eating it?  There are pluses and minuses to both methods of administration, it turns out.  Inhaling it gives quick relief (60-90 seconds) and it’s easier to regulate the dose, but the effects are short-lived.  Eating it takes about […]

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Marijuana vs Opiods for Pain

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Carol’s teenage daughter Julia is a dancer who suffered a serious injury that required extensive surgery.  Julia was sent home after surgery with opioids for pain.  Despite the opioids, Julia was screaming in pain.  Carol repeatedly called her doctor’s office and each time was told to increase the dosage of the opioids.  At first Carol […]

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What a Trump Presidency Will Mean for Health Care

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There has been much discussion in the media about Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will result in over 20 million people losing health insurance coverage.  The implications of a Trump presidency for health care go much further than this.  Here is a summary of the probable outcomes. The Affordable Care Act […]

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The DEA Harms Pain Patients

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Three recent actions by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will cause grave harm to pain patients.  Rather than protecting the public, they will increase suffering as well as increase the rates of addiction and overdose death. The DEA has a long history of raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.  In […]

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Pain Patients Are Being Cheated

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Pain patients are being cheated out of safe, effective, affordable health care and it ought to be a crime.  The situation has caused needless suffering, addiction and death. One hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain.  They should have access to all the therapies that could help them. For decades now, access to pain treatment […]

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Marijuana vs Opioids for Pain

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Carol’s teenage daughter Julia is a dancer who suffered a serious injury that required extensive surgery. Julia was sent home after surgery with opioids for pain. Despite the opioids, Julia was screaming in pain. Carol repeatedly called her doctor’s office and each time was told to increase the dosage of the opioids. At first Carol […]

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Prince, Paupers and Opioid Overdose

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Iconic rock star Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. According to numerous media reports, the likely cause of death was opioid overdose. According to reports, on the way back from a concert a week before his death, Prince’s plane made an emergency landing and Prince was administered Narcan by EMTS to revive […]

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Does Anyone Really Need Opioids?

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It’s become very clear that prescription opioids cause significant harm to many people.  Millions of pain patients and others who’ve taken diverted medication have become addicted, and hundreds of thousands have died.  Individuals, families and communities have been devastated by what is being called the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history.  Despite this, these dangerous […]

 
 
 
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