It’s these outdated attitudes towards addictions that enable the healthcare professional to ignore important information provided by the patient.
Topics: opioids, physicians
In the News: Pain Pill Busts
Think physician practices and pharmacies and specialty clinics who began with a lucrative sideline that may now be their main source of revenue.
Topics: drug trafficking, opioids, physicians
The Pain Patients’ Dilemma
Topics: opioids, pain, physicians, prescription medications
In the News: Update on Prince
The real solution would have been for Prince to have received treatment for his drug problem, which by this time was a far bigger issue than his somatic pain.
Topics: celebrity, opioids, physicians, prescription medications
Myth or Not?
Too many doctors worry about “those people” showing up in the waiting room. They don’t particularly want to be known as a resource for the addicted.
Topics: health care, opioids, physicians, stigma, types of treatment
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.
Topics: addiction and the brain, opioids, physicians, prescription medications, risk factors
Getting Drugs From Docs Part Three: Prevention
Try thinking of the interaction between drug seeker and practitioner as type of negotiation where the two parties have very different goals.
Topics: opioids, physicians, prescription medications
Getting Drugs From Docs Part Two: The Targets
There are just too many different forms of manipulation for any of us to be uniformly good at identifying them on the fly.
Topics: health care, opioids, physicians, resistance manipulation ambivalence
Getting Drugs From Docs Part One: The Manipulators
Topics: opioids, physicians, prescription medications, resistance manipulation ambivalence
Doctors in Denial
Here was a physician who regularly committed an assortment of crimes without considering himself a criminal. To his way of thinking, he was the victim.
Topics: defense mechanisms, opioids, physicians, prescription medications