Why No Opioid Taper?

September 27, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Not everybody wants to remain dependent on pain medication. But at present, we offer few if any alternatives to doing it on your own.

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Opioid Prescription Laws

September 3, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Once a problem such as opoid overprescribing is widespread, entrenched in practice, good luck eradicating it with new laws.

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Worldwide Epidemic

August 2, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Once such substances get a foothold in a region, they’re extremely hard to eradicate.

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In the News: Purdue Knew

June 25, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Maybe they reasoned that even if they were caught out, they could avoid the worst penalties.

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Tapering off Anti-Depressants

May 14, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

In the absence of complaints, the prescriber can be tempted to assume things are going well, when in fact they aren’t.

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The Business of Cures

May 7, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

I’d feel better if I knew some in our brilliant science community were working hard on ways to taper patients, if just the most highly motivated, off the medications with a reduced risk of return to heroin.

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In the News: Update on Prince

April 30, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

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.

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Politics and Pharmacy

April 26, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

A number of experts pointed out the risks associated with a dramatic increase in opioid prescribing. They were ignored in favor of others who downplayed those risks.

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Selling Pills

April 12, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Maybe you’ll even suggest the medication. And the marketing team wants you to leave the doctor’s office with a prescription for that med.

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The Empire Strikes Back

April 9, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

I’ve been expecting a public relations counterattack on behalf of, and probably funded by, the pharmaceutical industry.

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