OPIOID CRISIS

Ren in Opioid Crisis
July 16, 2019

Could Hospitals Institute Policies for Non Opioid Pain Mangement?

For decades, drug addiction has been a problem in the United States. We continuously see the daily headlines of terror and trauma relating to addiction. We are inclined to think that this is a new problem. In actual fact, this is not a new problem at all. There is just more of the problem.

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Fio Magliola in Opioid Crisis
June 16, 2019

The Not So Quick Fix

Our society functions with the idea that a drug will solve all our problems. Are you in pain? Here’s a pill. Do you have a headache? Here is another pill. Are you sad? Pill! Drug problem? Here's a pill to solve your drug problem.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
May 29, 2019

How Do We Treat Addiction and Pain?

The issue with opioid pain relievers has the appearance of one of those unsolvable paradoxes. If we reduce access to opioid pharmaceuticals considerably, patients who experience chronic and severe pain issues might not be able to access pain relief. But in that same token, if we continue to accept opioid pharmaceuticals as standard medical practice and utilize them to the degree that we are, millions of Americans will become addicted to them, and thousands will die from overdoses on them. That is the brutal truth of the matter.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
May 6, 2019

How Public Interest Groups Can Reduce the Prescription Drug Addiction Epidemic

For some time now we have known that our nation’s drug crisis will not resolve with only government action alone. It’s become apparent, now twenty years into the largest addiction epidemic that our country has likely ever seen, that curbing drug addiction within our communities will take community action, as well as federal and state support.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
March 21, 2019

The Epicenters of the Opioid Crisis and What We Can Learn from Them

In my morning reading, I happened across an article in U.S. News which discussed the disparity of the opioid crisis in America. The report, written by Robert Preidt, a HealthDay reporter, focused on the opioid turmoil as it has touched down in Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, and Ohio.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
March 12, 2019

Pharmaceutical Giant Struggles to Produce a Drug Which Can “Treat” Opioid Addiction

Since the opioid crisis fully developed within the U.S. over the last two decades, pharmaceutical companies came under heavy inspection and even ruthless accusation from the American people. And not without good reason.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
February 19, 2019

Should Medical Schools Teach Doctors about Addiction?

In a nation stuck in its worst addiction epidemic yet, one would think that our medical professionals would be fully prepared to help addicted patients. But quite the opposite is true. In fact, according to Jan Hoffman’s paper for CNBC, only about 15 out of 180 medical programs in the U.S. teach their medical students about addiction to alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
February 6, 2019

How Could Doctors Play Their Role in Reducing the Opioid Epidemic?

Doctors played a decisive role in fueling the opioid epidemic whether they knew it or not.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
January 18, 2019

Thousands of Kids Have Fallen Prey to Fatal Poisonings on Opioids

In December of 2018, Yale University released a research paper that outlined the effects of the opioid epidemic on our nation’s children. When we look at the opioid problem, we almost always look at the adults who are addicted to these drugs, who lose their lives from these drugs.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
October 23, 2018

The Addiction Epidemic, U.S. Politics and Our Way Out

When we examine a problem as big as drug and alcohol addiction across the U.S., we need to come at this from every angle possible. Drug and alcohol addiction in the U.S.

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