Hospital Pain

“This Might Hurt” – Hospitals Brace Patients for Pain

As healthcare providers face relentless cost pressures, and fight for high patient satisfaction scores – one of the key mantras has been to make sure patients are as comfortable as possible. While obviously a worthy goal, what this mindset has meant in practice is a high reliance on opioid-based pain relievers at every part of the patient experience. As the… Continue Reading “This Might Hurt” – Hospitals Brace Patients for Pain

West Virginia

West Virginia Limits Opioid Prescribing

After leading the nation is overdose deaths (52 out of every 100,000 people in the state died last year from overdose), West Virginia legislators have taken steps to alleviate some of the problem by setting limits on prescription opioids. As reported in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would limit how much pain medicine doctors can… Continue Reading West Virginia Limits Opioid Prescribing

Big Pharma and Opioids

Will Big Pharma Be Held Accountable for Opioid Crisis?

Combine corporate deceit and greed with medical neglect and lack of oversight with a highly addictive and potentially deadly product, and what do you get? 50,000 deaths per year in the “Land of the Free”. Now, as the overdose carnage continues to gain momentum, many states and communities are looking upstream to the source of a great majority of the… Continue Reading Will Big Pharma Be Held Accountable for Opioid Crisis?

Mommy's Dead

“Mommy’s Dead”, 4-Year-Old Son Discovers Mom Overdosed

Like so many other grandparents across Pennsylvania, Denise Shanahan is reliving her child-rearing days, but in very tragic circumstances. As reported in the York Daily Record, one day two years ago, she sent her grandson Jordan upstairs to check on her daughter Bryanna. A few minutes later Jorden came back downstairs and told his grandmother, “Mommy’s dead.” Bryanna was 25.… Continue Reading “Mommy’s Dead”, 4-Year-Old Son Discovers Mom Overdosed

Governor Wolff

Opioid Crisis Declared Statewide Disaster in Pennsylvania

For the thousands and thousands of families all across Pennsylvania who have seen loved ones die from opioid-related overdoses, the disaster has already been a long and grim reality, but hopefully Governor Wolff’s first-ever public health Statewide Disaster Declaration will help stem the losses over the coming years. “While we have made progress in combatting the heroin and opioid abuse… Continue Reading Opioid Crisis Declared Statewide Disaster in Pennsylvania

Timberland

Timbaland Shares His Addiction Struggles

As producer for such powerhouse musicians such as Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott, Timbaland became caught up in a cycle of pills and drugs that threatened to destroy his career. Recently, even more details about how his addictions wreaked havoc were revealed in a Complex Blueprint video interview. “My fingers didn’t feel connected to the keyboard,” he said. “It felt… Continue Reading Timbaland Shares His Addiction Struggles

Syracuse

Syracuse Unites to Fight Opioid Epidemic

As the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives all across New York State, the Syracuse Common Council passed a resolution Monday in support of “United We Fight It,” a collaboration of substance abuse and drug free community coalitions across New York state to combat substance abuse and addiction. As reported by WAER, Councilors hope to engage community organizations, schools, and… Continue Reading Syracuse Unites to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Maine Lobster roll

Mainers Urged to Seek Addiction Treatment

Many times the roots of addiction lie in poor coping mechanisms and some kind of childhood trauma. As the opioid epidemic continues to cut across the state of Maine, Karen Heck, the former mayor of Waterville, offered some powerful insights about how the state can better respond to Mainers who are suffering from addiction. “Research involving a study of 17,000… Continue Reading Mainers Urged to Seek Addiction Treatment

Harrisburg

Fentanyl Drives Spike In Pennsylvania Overdose Deaths

A new report from Kaiser Permanente highlights the impact that fentanyl is having on the national opioid crisis, as states like Pennsylvania are experiencing a horrific increase in the number of overdose deaths. This increase is especially vexing in light of the fact that many states have shown little to no increase. As reported by Penn Live, the Kaiser analysis… Continue Reading Fentanyl Drives Spike In Pennsylvania Overdose Deaths