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In the News: Fentanyl Epidemic

September 18, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Then word hits the street of a new product that can make you feel almost like your first time… No wonder they come running. And some never wake up.

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Pain Treatment for Those Battling Opioid Dependence

September 14, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

If a life in balance is the ideal, then a broader approach has a better shot at sustainability.

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In the News: Opioid Addiction Vaccine?

September 11, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Assumption: Without that reinforcement, use will simply stop on its own.

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The Blame Game

September 4, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

When you’re addicted, it’s probably more correct to say that your addiction is abusing you. And will continue to do so if allowed.

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In the News: Opioid Epidemic “Fixes” vs. Strategy

August 28, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

As we move to correct this problem, we’ll discover that millions of Americans, regular tax-paying citizens included, are already dependent on them.

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Self-Induced Mindset

August 21, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Having read the research, I’m confident it’s not just a matter of decision-making, or willpower, or even depression.

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The Search for Better Pain Remedies

August 17, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

When the push to use more opioids for pain began, we kept hearing that there were 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States, most of whom were untreated (or undertreated).

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Notes From the Epidemic

August 14, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

We should anticipate that many patients with opioid disorders will also be in treatment for some chronic medical disorder.

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“Research Says…”

August 10, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s also possible for one study to validate a viewpoint and another study to validate a contradictory view.


Opioids and Mental Health Diagnoses

August 3, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

This goes back to a problem in assessing pain. There’s no physical test for what is essentially a subjective experience.

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