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Stop NIMBY Thinking to Prevent Opioid-Related Deaths

How do we prevent opioid-related deaths? Opioid-related overdose deaths continue to rise. But the public doesn’t want to deal with the problem in their city. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that overdose deaths rose nearly 30 percent in 2021. The pandemic has only exacerbated the opioid crisis. And the crisis …

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Rabbi Surprises Congregation By Discussing His Opioid Addiction

80 members of Temple Sinai gathered for a Zoom call to hear their spiritual leader’s announcement. They thought Rabbi Perice might have called the meeting to share that he and his wife were having a baby. Or that they were buying a home. Or maybe that he was leaving his post. Instead, he disclosed to …

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Suboxone Drastically Reduces Illicit Use in Treating Opioid Addiction

10.1 million. That’s the estimated number of Americans aged 12 or older who misused opioids in 2019. There were an estimated 75,673 opioid overdose deaths that occurred from April 2020 through April 2021. What are we doing about these alarming statistics? The FDA has approved three drugs to treat opioid dependence. Buprenorphine – sold under …

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Insurance Discrimination When Paying for Suboxone Treatment

Tina and Melinda are both addicted to opioids. Both of these women are paying for suboxone treatment for their opioid use disorder. Tina has private insurance. Melinda has Medicaid coverage. Which of these two women is more likely to get an appointment? Will providers discriminate when it comes to the method for paying for suboxone …

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Why Are the Effects of Fentanyl So Dangerous?

Over 93,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2020, which is a 30 percent increase from the previous year. The effects of fentanyl are the root cause behind this increase. It is a powerful synthetic opioid that is infiltrating the drug supply. Americans are buying other drugs, like cocaine or benzodiazepines, that have been …

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CDC Proposes Surprising New Guidance for Prescription Opioids

A lot has changed when it comes to prescription opioids and how they’re prescribed. It’s been six years. Six years since the CDC released its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. So, why did the CDC decide to propose an update this year? What compelled the organization to take action now? Let’s take a …

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Opioid Overdose Emergency: How to Save a Life with Naloxone

It was a day she would never forget. Tammy came home from work and found her husband slouched in the recliner. She thought he was dozing, but then he didn’t respond when she tried to wake him. She tried again. Then she noticed his lips had a blue tint to them, and his breathing was …

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