. ‘Drug Dealer, M.D.’: Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic
‘Drug Dealer, M.D.’: Misunderstandings And Good Intentions F I see a lot of patients with mysterious chronic pain syndromes, and many of them are young people who otherwise have no evidence of disease, but are completely debilitated and nonfunctional by their mysterious chronic pain syndromes. What ends up happening to these patients often is they get “medicalized,” and by that I mean they end up seeing four or five or 10 different specialists. Everybody has a different diagnosis. They get poked and prodded and “surgerized,” and by the end of it they come out five or 10 years later with real bona fide physical problems because they’ve had so many surgeries and so many interventions. And by then they’re also on very high-dose opiates.
- Battling Opioid Epidemic In North Carolina
President Obama signed legislation this week allocating $1 billion dollars to address the nation’s worsening opioid crisis. Overdose deaths are on the rise, and current policies are inadequate in addressing the issues. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Louise Vincent, a recovering addict, who lost her child, Selena, to a drug overdose. He also speaks with officer Donnie Varnell about how the law enforcement community is trying to address the problem. The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition offers information and resources for those seeking assistance.
- Long-Term Opioid Use Linked To This Mental Health Problem
People who take prescription opioids, which are used for treating pain, for longer than a month may have an increased risk of developing depression, according to a new study. Pain itself can also lead to depression, but in the study, the link between depression and opioid use held even when the researchers accounted for the potential contribution of pain to depression, according to the study. Therefore, if people who are taking opioids for pain notice they have been feeling depressed, both they and their doctors should be aware that the use of the drugs, and not just the pain, may be a potential source of the depressed mood, the researchers said.