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The Elderly and Opioid Use Following Surgery… New Findings

The Elderly and Opioid Use Following Surgery… New Findings

It is not uncommon for muscular-skeletal problems to multiply as we age – sometimes requiring surgery. The most common problem, osteoarthritis, affects one in four Americans, particularly older Americans. The most common arthritis-related surgeries? Knee and hip replacement. The other common problem? Hip fractures. The most common drug therapy used…

2020’s Deadly Overdose Toll

2020’s Deadly Overdose Toll

COVID-19 continues to dominate the news as it did throughout much of 2020. Hidden from sight is the raging epidemic of drug overdose deaths across America. 93,331 That’s the number of Americans who perished from a drug overdose in 2020. And that number represents a jump of 30% over the…

The Link Between Depression and Alcohol Abuse

The Link Between Depression and Alcohol Abuse

Specialists in addiction care know that alcoholics seeking sobriety may struggle with depression. Drinking is then often resumed as a form of self-medication for that depression. A study by researchers at the University of Illinois/Chicago's (UIC) Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics looked at the problem by identifying areas in…

Opioids for Post-Covid Syndrome?

Opioids for Post-Covid Syndrome?

Researchers at the University of Washington are sounding an alarm about the excessive use of opioid drugs to treat the discomfort sometimes experienced by patients with post-covid syndrome. Think about that for a moment… Physicians in the U.S. are prescribing opioids for post-covid patients. And they are doing it at…

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