In the News: Medical Cannabis in PA

August 1, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

As has been the case in many states that have gone this route, it was the impassioned pleas of patients and family members that played a deciding role.

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In the News: Notes from the Epidemic

June 20, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s no accident (physicians) choose this often challenging work, and it genuinely bothers them when they can’t relieve a patient’s discomfort.

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Opioids for Pain Relief? It Depends…

June 9, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

The pharmaceutical industry, in spite of their immense resources, may not be the best candidate to come up with a solution.

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Drug Seeking in the ER

April 4, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

It becomes easier to dash off a prescription for Oxy than to argue with a determined patient.

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Doctors and Addiction

November 16, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

If by chance the patient didn’t fit the physician’s preconception of an addict– he or she was a respected member of the community, for example– then the doctor often fell into the enabler role.

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The FDA and Pediatric Oxycontin

September 21, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Nobody knows exactly how extensive off label prescribing is, but estimates range from a fifth of all prescriptions written in the US, to a third if we just look at psychiatric meds.

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Medical Cannabis: A Review

August 27, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

It may alter the nature of society’s challenges, and move them to other sectors of the economy, but I expect we’ll continue to have difficulties.

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Pills, Pills, and More Pills

April 27, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

The increasing prevalence of polypharmacy is a concern due to the potential for adverse drug interactions but also because the use of multiple meds often results in a lower quality of life for the patient.

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The Pot Docs

April 9, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

If I walked into a physician’s office convinced I had had high blood pressure and he prescribed medication based solely on my belief without bothering with an assessment, that’d be malpractice.

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Addiction Treatment via US Healthcare System: The Downside

August 4, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

The reality is that if we’d had to rely solely on the healthcare system, a lot of people who are in recovery today would simply never have made it.

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