That hasn’t escaped the notice of Dan Dahl, of Dahl Funeral Home in East Grand Forks and the former president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association.
“The older I get, the younger everyone else gets. I’m 59, and it used to be when I was 35, 35-year-olds didn’t die, it seemed like. It kind of sticks out now the older you get,” he said. “We’re not supposed to be burying our kids, our kids are supposed to be burying us.”
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Cannabis Plus Opioids in Chronic Pain: Not a Great Combo
Previous research by Humphreys and colleagues showed that people who used medical cannabis also had higher rates of opioid use and misuse. “This is one of many examples where claims about the benefits of medical cannabis are not supported by evidence,” Humphreys told MedPage Today. The current study had several limitations: it relied on cross-sectional, self-reported data and was subject to possible selection bias and confounding. It also did not assess the frequency or quantity of cannabis or opioid use, or the type of chronic pain.
Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her application was denied because something on her medication list indicated that Isela uses…
via Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone — Kaiser Health News
There are days when I’m so glad I am no longer in a management role.
Today is one of those days.
Results. The prevalence of prescription opioids detected in fatally injured drivers increased from 1.0% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.5, 1.4) in 1995 to 7.2% (95% CI = 5.7, 8.8) in 2015 (Z = −9.04; P < .001). Prescription opioid prevalence was higher in female than in male drivers (4.4% vs 2.9%; P < .001). Of the drivers testing positive for prescription opioids, 30.0% had elevated blood alcohol concentrations (≥ 0.01 g/dL), and 66.9% tested positive for other drugs.
Source: Trends in Prescription Opioids Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers in 6 US States: 1995–2015 | AJPH | Ahead of Print
Houston…we have a problem.
F. Perry Wilson, MD, looks at the data on how patients get hooked
Source: How Much Are Docs Responsible for Patients’ Opioid Abuse? | Medpage Today
And if you’re having trouble falling asleep one night here’s the link to the source study.
Source: Incident and long-term opioid therapy among patients with ps… : PAIN
Insurance claims for medical services related to opioid dependence rose more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014, a study finds, suggesting that opioid problems have gone mainstream.
Source: Claims For Medical Help With Opioid Abuse Jump Sharply : Shots – Health News : NPR
Claims data show higher mortality risk than other drug types for pain
Source: Long-Acting Opioids Carry Higher Risk of Death | Medpage Today
Last August, Canadian police seized 110 illegal fentanyl pills at a home in Alberta province. Yesterday, Global News reported that some of the pills have tested positive for an extremely potent opi…
Source: W-18, a synthetic opiate 100 times more potent than fentanyl | The Poison Review
Here is another article on W-18