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Legislation Tackles the Nation’s Opioid Crisis

Legislation Tackles the Nation’s Opioid Crisis

A number of bills designed to tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic were recently signed into law by President Donald Trump. The package of legislation received bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, a rare feat in the current political climate that...
How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Chronic Pain Patients

How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Chronic Pain Patients

Opioid addiction has become so widespread that the government has been forced to take action, enacting regulations that affect both doctors and patients. The goal is to ensure those prone to addiction don’t have access to these highly addictive substances, but...
Pros and Cons of Abstinence Addiction Treatment

Pros and Cons of Abstinence Addiction Treatment

Within the realm of addiction and recovery, there is a very well-known term: abstinence. Abstinence is the continued choice to no longer use drugs or alcohol or to take part in the kinds of activities that commonly lead to or are associated with drug or alcohol use....
The History of the Opioid Crisis

The History of the Opioid Crisis

The current opioid epidemic is believed to have started in 1991. During this time, officials began to notice a drastic increase in the number of prescriptions written for the use of opioids as painkillers. Doctors were falsely informed that the risk of addiction to...
How Physicians can Lessen the Opioid Crisis

How Physicians can Lessen the Opioid Crisis

In 2015 alone, over 42,000 people died due to opioid overdoses, a 500 percent increase from opioid-related deaths in 1999. The opioid epidemic is a national health crisis throughout the United States, but one that is curable with treatment and prevention. While an...
Controlling the Opioid Crisis in Oregon

Controlling the Opioid Crisis in Oregon

The opioid epidemic continues to ravage this country and cause deaths in every state. Though still at risk for continuing deaths, Oregon’s death rate seems to be falling in the face of the crisis. This is due to doctors changing how they prescribe opioids so that it...
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