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口腔外科医は彼の職業が中毒に対処する方法を変えるために戦う

Opioid prescription rates for dentists are higher than any other specialty. These prescription opioids—the amount in the public arena and their addictive characteristics—have been attributed as a major cause of the opioid epidemic. With more than 12% of all opioid prescriptions coming out of dentists’ offices, dental patients have had the opportunity to amass inventories of these opioids. One oral surgeon aims to change this trend at the specialty level. After an overdose tragedy befell his family, Dr. Omar Abubaker has changed his prescription practices and taken this shift into the classroom. As a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, Dr. Abudaker teaches his students about pain duration…

Rethinking Opioid Prescribing at the Dentist

One of the insidious components of the opioid crisis is the abundance of the drugs available to the public, and the relative ease some have found in procuring them. One common tactic patients use to obtain these opioids is to make diagnostic appointments for chronic pain issues, agree to a follow up appointment, and then never schedule said appointment. Meanwhile, the patient has left the office with a prescription for opioid pain relief. Repeat this activity a few times and the patient has formed a small stockpile of the drug. One prevalent setting for obtaining opioids in this fashion is at dental practices, an issue detailed in this National Public…

Putting Primary Care on the Front Line of Opioid Treatment

Historically, addiction has been a diagnosis without definitive treatment. Success rates for rehabilitation prove to be low and inconclusive, and the ongoing stigma further complicates treatment for those with opioid use disorder (OUD). The development of treatment of other physical health concerns and events—from pain management to anesthesia—employ the use of opioids, and this unaligned protocol for patients is one of the key roadblocks in the ongoing battle against the opioid crisis. Dr. Alison Rapaport and Dr. Christopher Rowley’s recent article “Stretching the Scope — Becoming Frontline Addiction-Medicine Providers” from The New England Journal of Medicine discusses this impasse, and demonstrates how front-line prevention at the primary care level is…

オピオイド依存症の危機に立ち向かう

The opioid epidemic has devastated American communities, bringing public attention to addiction like never before. But addiction isn’t new–and unfortunately, neither is the way many health systems treat it. Stigma and the view that addiction is somehow a moral failing are deep-rooted challenges in care, as is the failure to recognize the impact that opioids can fundamentally rewire the brain.  Beacon is calling for a seismic shift in care for opioid addiction. We view opioid addiction is a chronic brain disease–and that means it’s best treated by a chronic disease model of care. Read Beacon’s blog post on the subject and download our white paper, “Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction” to…