A ‘civil war’ over painkillers rips apart the medical community — and leaves patients in fear.

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Doctors Must Do More

January 10, 2017

After his harrowing opioid experience, Hopkins bioethicist Travis Rieder says doctors must do more to help patients through withdrawal

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By age 19, Charlie was serving a three-year sentence in prison on a burglary charge. He spent the last five months of his sentence in a community-based correctional facility where he took classes and completed group work to learn about addiction. The lessons stuck.

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The opioid crisis sweeps through Cherokee Nation. Dr. Anna Miller sits with her legs pulled up, boots kicked off, in an exam chair at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital. She’s waiting for her first Suboxone patient of the day

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As the opioid epidemic sweeps through rural America, an ever-greater number of drug-dependent newborns are straining hospital neonatal units and draining precious medical resources. The problem has grown more quickly than realized and shows no signs of abating

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A Grim Tally Soars

December 9, 2016

More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids

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“Are we able to live up to that most fundamental obligation we have as human beings: to care for one another?” he writes in new report

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Helen Ouyang, MS, “I’ve gotten rather good lately at restricting how many painkiller prescriptions I give out in the emergency room where I work. New York State now requires that all prescriptions be filled electronically with a monitoring program targeting narcotics. Over the last several months I’ve been keeping track of exactly how many opioids I prescribe.”

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