How Germany averted an opioid crisis

From NBCNews.com

“Unlike in the U.S., opioids have never emerged as a front-line medical treatment in Germany.”

HAMBURG, Germany ― In 2016, 10 times as many Americans as Germans died as a result of drug overdoses, mostly opiates. Three times as many Americans as Germans experienced opioid addiction.

Even as the rates of addiction in the U.S. have risen dramatically in the past decade, Germany’s addiction rates have been flat.

That contrast, experts say, highlights a significant divergence in how the two countries view pain as well as distinct policy approaches to health care and substance abuse treatment.

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University Hospital STOMPs emergency department opioid scripts by 70 percent

From NJBiz.com:

University Hospital announced on Wednesday that its S.T.O.M.P. program successfully reduced emergency department opioid prescriptions for discharged patients by nearly 70 percent since 2016.

The program, which stands for  Stewardship to Transform OUD while Medicating for Pain, was developed at Newark’s University Hospital as a hospital-wide opioid stewardship program to directly address the prevention and treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

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Dad Writes Emotional Obituary After Daughter, 31, Dies of Overdose: ‘She Lost Control of Her Life’

From People.com:

A father from Vermont wrote an impassioned obituary for his daughter who died after a years-long battle with opioid addiction and used the moment to call for more paths toward rehabilitation for those hoping to recover from substance abuse.

Edwin Webbley’s 31-year-old daughter, Megan Webbley, was at a New Hampshire rehabilitation clinic seeking help for opioid addiction when she passed away unexpectedly on September 29, he explained in an obituary published on October 7.

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Majority of Physicians Fear Another Prescription Drug Crisis, Finds New Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ Report

From Quest Diagnostics:

“First-of-its-kind study shows nearly three in four physicians trust their patients to take controlled substances as prescribed, yet half of all patient test results show misuse of these drugs

Non-prescribed gabapentin use accelerating, growing 40% in past year, making it the most commonly detected non-prescribed controlled medication in tested patients.”

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/majority-of-physicians-fear-another-prescription-drug-crisis-finds-new-quest-diagnostics-health-trends-report-300938906.html


As Opioids Ravage Communities, Locals Unite in Response

From the Epoch Times:

NEW YORK—As efforts to combat the opioid epidemic ramp up at the federal level, countless nonprofits and organizations at state and local levels spend each day dedicated to fighting the battle, oftentimes on the front lines.

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Opioid settlement would divide money based on local impact

From Associated Press:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The multibillion-dollar settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to resolve a crush of lawsuits over the nation’s opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up the money among state and local governments across the country, The Associated Press has learned.

The formulas would take into account several factors, including opioid distribution in a given jurisdiction, the number of people who misuse opioids and the number of overdose deaths.

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These Newborn Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk For some Americans

From the New York Times:

“For some Americans, the nation’s opioid crisis starts before birth.”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — His body dependent on opioids, he writhes, trembles and cries. He is exhausted but cannot sleep. He vomits, barely eats and has lost weight.

He is also a baby. Just 1 month old, he wails in the nursery of the CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital here. A volunteer “cuddler” holds him while walking around, murmuring sweetly, hour after hour, but he is inconsolable. What his body craves is heroin.

Read entire article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/07/opinion/sunday/babies-opioid-addiction-west-virginia.html


Prevent Opioid Abuse at National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville.

Prevent Opioid Abuse team lines up legislative sponsors in states across the nation at National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville.


Drug Overdose Deaths Drop in U.S. for First Time Since 1990

From the New York Times:

” Three decades of ever-escalating deaths from drug overdoses in the United States may have come to an end, according to preliminary government data made public Wednesday. Total drug overdose deaths in America declined by around 5 percent last year, the first drop since 1990. “

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76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic

From the Washington Post:

” America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history. “

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