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This comic represents various clinical and ethical dimensions of the skyrocketing incidence of opioid overdose. The comic also seeks to represent the humanity of patients struggling with addiction and to highlight the importance of clinicians’ roles in helping mitigate the harms of opioid dependence.
Video: How Naloxone Saves Lives in Opioid Overdose
Naloxone saves lives. This video reviews when naloxone is used, how it is administered, and the way it works. (Viedo: 5.50 minutes).
The United States is in the midst of a nationwide public health emergency: an epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse that has been called the deadliest drug crisis in American history. This article reviews the current status of the opioid epidemic, the trends over the last 30-40 years that may have contributed to the epidemic, and a population health approach to addressing the epidemic.
The author conveys her thoughts about non-prescription availability of the opioid antagonist naloxone. Topics discussed include the Comprehensive Addictiion and Recovery Act enacted in July 2016, an increase in annual fatal overdoses involving opioids in the U.S. by 200 percent, and approval of a nasal version of naloxone by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015.
The article discusses the growing opioid use disorder among the elderly in the U.S. as of January 2018. Topics covered include addressing the epidemic by avoiding iatrogenic addictions, creating guidelines for treatment of nonmalignant chronic pain, and the preferred modalities of non-opioid pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacological therapy for the latter. Also noted are the evidence on possible harm from long-term opioid use, and the need to weigh its risks against its benefits.