Opiate Crisis

2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain

On Thursday, November 3, 2022, the CDC released it’s most recent recommendations for the prescribing of opioids for acute, subacute, and chronic pain. The new guidelines provide 12 recommendations relating to the use of opioids and mostly favor a more individualized approach. However, the CDC issued a guideline much stronger than the 2016 version defining …

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Not Your Mother Or Father’s Skittles…

This year Halloween may present more difficulties for parents and unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. In an article by Pain Medicine News it is reported in August 2022 the DEA and its law enforcement partners seized “rainbow fentanyl” in 18 states. The agency believes the multicolored, candy-like appearance of the highly addictive and potentially deadly drug is designed …

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A Veritable Quandary?

One of the most common questions we hear from licensed dental healthcare professionals when considering the prospect of dropping their federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) permit is “Can I do that?” The answer is “Yes you can”. Your professional license issued by the state in which you practice affords the ability to conduct patient care …

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A Shift In Thinking

We need to rethink the way acute pain is managed. We tend to think of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or acetaminophen whether used alone or in combination (non-opiate multimodal anaglesic therapy) as “alternatives” to opiates…when in fact we should actually consider the converse…that opiates are the alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents – alone or in combination. We …

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Study: Naproxen More Effective Than Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen After Dental Surgery

More evidence that NSAIDs with or without acetaminophen are more effective in alleviating pain in the postoperative dental surgery pain model. A recent study from JBR Clinical research demonstrated some unanticipated findings: “This study is important because the relative efficacy of these two commonly used pain medications has not been directly compared in a validated …

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Opiate Epidemic Disproportionately Worsening in High School Age Demographic

A pre-print citation in medRxiv is demonstrating a near 100% increase in opiate related deaths in the high school age demographic (ages 14-18) from 2019 to 2020 alone.  Illicitly manufactured fentanyl once again appears to be the usual suspect.  This study calculated drug overdose deaths by 5 year age groups over the 11 year period from 2010 …

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US Opioid Fatalities Reach Grim Milestone…

Recent CDC reports over 100,000 opiate related deaths (all sources) from April 2020 to April 2021, up 29% from the same prior period; North Carolina saw a 36.9% with Florida falling below the national average with a 26.2% increase in opiate related deaths. Most opiate related deaths are attributed to illicit opiate abuse and have been on …

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