Expertise
Surge in Narcotic Prescriptions for Pregnant Women  |  February 14, 2015

Surge in Narcotic Prescriptions for Pregnant Women This is an astonishing article that stems from a 2014 report that was originally published in the Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The research looked at the 1.1 million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid, who covers medical expenses for 45% of US births, and found that 23% of pregnant…

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Significant Pain Reduction in Chronic Pain Patients After Detox from High-Dose Opioids  |  January 7, 2015

Significant pain reduction in chronic pain patients after detox from high-dose opioids This is a brilliant study conducted by colleagues of mine here in Nashville and published in the Journal of Opioid Management. Even though this was published a few years back, I think it goes well beyond the recent realization that opioids are ineffective…

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A Nation In Pain – Express Scripts Report  |  January 5, 2015

A Nation In Pain by Express Scripts Report This large study of 36 million pharmacy claims, representing 6.8 million lives, provides valuable insight into recent opioid prescribing trends. The study defined short-term users as those who received a supply of 30 days or less in a one year period, and anyone who went beyond the 30…

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Why The Business of Pain Management is Big and Getting Bigger  |  December 1, 2014

Why The Business of Pain Management is Big and Getting Bigger Released by Triple Tree a few weeks ago, this report provides a very comprehensive and accurate analysis of the current state of the pain management industry today. Their insightful review points to numerous drivers behind the high economic cost and poor clinical outcomes that are produced…

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Study: Hospitals Often Prescribe Pain Meds in High Doses  |  November 28, 2014

Study: Hospitals Often Prescribe Pain Meds in High Doses This study was conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess where researchers looked at inpatient opioid prescribing for over a million adult nonsurgical hospitalizations at 286 facilities across the US. The results were staggering – 43% of the nonsurgical patients were exposed to multiple opioids during their hospitalization,…

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Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Overdoses in Some States  |  October 3, 2014

Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Overdoses in Some States Over a ten year period, states that legalized medical marijuana showed a 24% reduction in opioid overdose deaths. I’m not sure any other measure has ever proven this effective in reducing the fatalities from these drugs. Although the mechanism causing this has yet to be elucidated, it…

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