October 16, 2020

Prescription Opioid Abuse Declines

Opioid use disorder most often begins with prescription painkillers, either prescribed by a doctor or diverted from a friend or family member. Opioid narcotics like oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly addictive. The former medication has made a lot of news in recent years owing to the litany of lawsuits...

August 25, 2020

Hyperalgesia: Opioids Actually Worsen Pain

Opioids are most often prescribed for the management of chronic pain. However, new research suggests that these medications may actually increase a person’s sensitivity to pain over time. This phenomenon, called hyperalgesia, provides further caution to healthcare providers about the long-term prescription of opioid pain medication.Opioid-Induced HyperalgesiaThe word hyperalgesia...

June 13, 2017

Opioid Addiction Among Older Americans

The “golden years” of one’s life ideally would be typified by spending time with grandchildren and spending time on the links. After all, you have earned it after decades working towards a comfortable retirement. Unfortunately, older Americans are often set back by chronic pain, the lingering symptoms of an...

April 20, 2017

Opioid Addiction and Pain Management

Rough estimates indicate that some two million Americans are dependent on prescription opioids, though many experts believe that approximation is low. Between painkillers and other forms of opioid abuse, the problem has gained epidemic status. Those who become addicted to this class of drugs are at great risk of...

July 18, 2016

THE OTHER TRAGEDY BEHIND PRINCE’S DEATH

The following Op-Ed was published on CNN.com Monday, July 11th.--------------------------------------------------------Editor's Note - Chris Johnson is an emergency medicine physician who practices in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. He is chair of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Opioid Prescribing Work Group and serves on the Board of Physicians for Responsible...

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