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New Study Shows, More Babies Born Drug Dependent - One Every Hour
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  Since 2009, over 13 thousand babies were born with drug withdrawal symptoms and this number continues to grow each year, putting it at a rate of one baby per hour.  "We were surprised by the magnitude of the increase," says researcher Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar at the University of Michigan.   So, what is drug dependence? And are babies growing more addicted to drugs? Drug dependence occurs when a person develops a physical dependence on a drug, disabling them from leading a normal and healthy lifestyle. This dependence leads to withdrawal symptoms if...

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Opioid Addiction Crisis: Harvard Medical Students Request Better Training
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img source: Michael Dykstra   Back in March, The White House asked medical schools to sign a pledge to require students to learn new federal guidelines for safe opioid prescription use. “We are over 10 years into this epidemic, and I don’t think we’ve seen a robust enough response from the medical community,” said Michael Botticelli, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Dr. Ted Parran of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine has taught remedial courses for doctors who tend to over-prescribe painkillers. He’s taught this for over 20 years!   Last November, Governor Charlie...

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CDC Urges Doctors to Limit Opioid Prescriptions
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img source: thesleuthjournal With the rise in fatal overdoses from prescription opioids and heroin, the government is proposing new guidelines and urging primary-care to find alternative approaches to controlling chronic pain in patients.  A new report showed a, “surge of drug-related overdoses in 2014”, showing once more how this epidemic of addiction and dependency on pills is still prevalent in our society. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is striving to remind doctors that starting a patient on an opiate is a decision that should not be taken lightly; other methods such as physical therapy or non-opioid analgesics should...

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Buprenorphine: In Random Treatment Study Proves Most Successful

In the first of its kind, a random study highlighting three treatment strategies for Opioid-Addiction was performed by Yale researchers. Opioid-dependency is a growing epidemic in the United States. With deaths from drug-related overdoses topping car accident deaths each day. Emergency departments (ED) often treat these patients with illicit or prescription opioid addiction. While ED's provide the initial care for these patients, the underlying cause for addiction is referred to external treatment facilities. Prior research conducted at Yale has shown Buprenorphine is effective under primary care settings. The new study extends this to the critical and ED patient population. Under three different treatment strategies...

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