No, It Wasn’t the Pain

June 16, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

As tired or sleep-deprived or in pain as he might have been that night, if he hadn’t taken the drugs, would he still be alive?

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War For Drugs

June 6, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Current drug laws are structured in such a way as to leave law enforcement permanently behind and struggling to catch up.

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Responding to an Epidemic: Narcan

February 18, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Unfortunately, relatively few ODs occurred in the doctor’s office or the pharmacy waiting area.

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The OD Epidemic Continues…

January 28, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Prescription ODs now account for more fatalities than automobile accidents.

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Overdose Fatality Trends

December 31, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Some good news: despite continuing struggles, Kentucky and West Virginia did not experience a significant increase in fatalities versus 2013.

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In the News: A Roundup

December 14, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s simply evidence of the shift by chronic users to a cheaper, more readily available alternative.

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Pain Conundrum

November 12, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

It takes thirty seconds to write a prescription… that fits very well into a scheduled 15 minute office visit.

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Polypharmacy Overdose

September 1, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

No question that combining or ‘stacking’ these substances, illegal and/or prescription, increases the risk for unintended OD.

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Methadone for Chronic Pain?

May 12, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Diversion to abuse has been significant. Currently methadone represents only some two percent of all opioid prescriptions, but it’s been implicated in an astounding one-third of all opioid fatalities.

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The Rumor Mill: “Killer Rehab”?

July 18, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Either way, it’s the drugs and alcohol that wind up killing the addict — not abstinence.

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