Opioid Alternatives

October 16, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

The larger issue is that most drug pricing is still market-driven, or as my endocrinologist puts it, “they charge whatever they can get away with charging.”

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Opioid Vulnerability

October 5, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s no blood test, no scan to aid diagnosis. Knowing intellectually that one in ten will succumb is very little help; it has no practical value in terms of predicting an individual outcome.

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Getting Drugs From Docs Part Three: Prevention

September 7, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Try thinking of the interaction between drug seeker and practitioner as type of negotiation where the  two parties have very different goals.

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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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Getting Drugs From Docs Part One: The Manipulators

August 24, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

One sign of vulnerability: the place tended to be too busy or too slow.

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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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Reducing Opioid Prescriptions

July 27, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Eventually it’s the business that adapts to a changed environment. But before they do, some will go to great lengths to prop up the revenue from their current opioid products.

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Pharmacology to the Rescue?

June 26, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

As the old chief says in the movie Little Big Man: “Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

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Medical Cannabis Laws and Addiction

May 22, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Substance Use Disorders don’t appear overnight. People who develop them may use for months or years or even decades before they seek help.

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Drug Sniffing Parents

May 15, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

…actually more of an issue now than in the 80’s, because of the presence of super-powerful opioids like fentanyl or carfentanil, and the growing risk of unintended overdose.

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