5 thoughts on “Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

  • November 14, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Excellent, excellent info.
    The latest government involvement with Drs opioid prescri ps has many chronic pain patients blaming the addicts for this. What they don’t realize is that a lot of these addicts were prescribed opioid s by their dr. They did not plan on becoming addicts. Opioid s are powerful and addictive both physically and mentally. Sure wish they could see this article.

    • November 15, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you Arlene! You make a good point about the over-prescription of opioids, which is particularly dangerous for those already struggling with underlying core issues such as depression, anxiety, and unresolved trauma.

  • November 14, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    No one is immune to possible drug addiction when taking opioids.

  • April 29, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I believe there are so many avenues of approach to the opioid epidemic that is still taking place in our country. Unfortunately, this is not a “one size fits all” solution. A case study I read from Anne Arundel Medical Center (Meisenberg 2017) implemented multiple procedures to try and extend tailored care to patients at high risk for opioid addition. The procedures were put in place to have multiple instances to care for those who are addicted to opioids they have been prescribed. I have also found that other substitutes such as pain relief topicals are available however, I am sure it will depend on the situation of the patient, if they are effective.

    In terms of dealing with the opioid addiction, I hope our health care system can find ways to work with those who find themselves addicted to opioids. If we can stop the addiction in the first place as a pre-emptive measure great, but we also have to look at the reactive measures as well such as rehabilitation centers. Helping those who are addicted, especially those who are low income, will need dedicated assistance to getting help. I would be curious to see the costs associated with the pre-emptive measures (such as opioid alternatives) versus reactive measures (such as rehab) and see which is more cost efficient for our health care system.

    Barry Meisenberg, John Ness, Sumati Rao, Jane Rhule, Cathaleen Ley, Implementation of solutions to reduce opioid-induced oversedation and respiratory depression, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Volume 74, Issue 3, 1 February 2017, Pages 162–169, https://doi.org/10.2146/ajhp160208

  • April 30, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I believe in order to combat the opioid epidemic, there must be many avenues of approach. Pre-emptive and reactive care from the patient’s perspective must be available and affordable. I have read a few studies were implementing new procedures in the emergency room and in post-surgery care has been effective from a pre-emptive standpoint. If a patient is high risk, implementing a care plan where opioids isn’t necessarily the “go to” option is ideal. There are topical options available to substitute opioids in some instances. All medical staff that is under the supervision of a high-risk patient should be aware of the individual’s status at all times in order to make informed decisions moving forward.
    Reactive care, such as rehabilitation, for opioid addicted patients should be available and affordable. Not only does opioid addiction take a toll on the individuals health but is costly for the health care system. I would be curious to see the cost effectiveness between pre-emptive care and reactive care for opioid addiction.


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