Expertise
Opioid Use in Children  |  September 27, 2016

While children don’t experience episodes of pain at rates equal to that of adults, 10% of children 5-15 years old and up to 28% of adolescents ages 15-19 years old experience migraines. Tonsillectomies, wisdom teeth extractions and sports-related injuries are other common causes of childhood pain. However, research focused on the epidemiology, etiology, and treatment…

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Surge in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths  |  August 31, 2016

On Friday, June 2, 2016, Prince died of a self-administered opioid overdose.[1] The culprit was none other than fentanyl, a drug rising in popularity with the country’s addict population. While discovery of the cause of Prince’s death answered one question, it raised another: where did he get fentanyl? Prince had a prior prescription for Percocet…

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Opioid dependence leads to 3,000% rise in medical services  |  August 8, 2016

In one of the largest data studies ever conducted, Fair Health looked at claims data for 150 million privately insured patients to measure the difference in medical service utilization for the opioid addicted population vs the non-addicted group. The results were staggering!  Click here to read the full story. Looking only at data from 2007-2014,…

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Finding Ways to Lift Barriers to Care for Chronic Pain Patients: Outcomes of Using Internet-Based Self-Management Activities to Reduce Pain and Improve Quality of Life  |  July 5, 2016

As pain management and addiction specialists are beginning to see the tremendous benefit of a multi-disciplinary approach to treating their patients, online resources are moving to the forefront of affordable and accessible therapeutic options.   A study recently published in Pain Research and Management and conducted by Dr Kevin Rod at University of Toronto showed significant…

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Researchers Surprised by Opioid Scripts for Low-Risk Surgical Procedures  |  June 6, 2016

In March, JAMA published results from a very large cohort study of 155,297 opioid naive patients who underwent one of four low-risk surgical procedures.  The author, Dr. Hannah Wunsch, a critical care physician at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, evaluated the mean morphine equivalent dose (MED) prescribed in 2004, 2008, and 2012 following carpel tunnel release,…

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Did fear overpower royalty?  |  May 6, 2016

The story line continues to take twists and turns as to what really happened to one of music’s legendary icons. Prince is notorious for his shroud of mystique and the attempts to maintain secrecy during his last days is what one might expect. Or is this yet another high profile drug overdose story to add…

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