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Why Some Patients Need Higher Doses of Opioids

Why do some people require high dosages of opioids to manage their pain, while others only need low dosages, or even cope without? The answer depends on the person’s metabolism and the cause of the pain. A very small number of people have a rare

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Why the Medical Expenses Deduction Matters

Last week House Republicans proposed eliminating the current deduction for medical expenses not compensated by insurance. The criteria for this deduction have varied widely since it was adopted in 1942, but so far it has always survived the chopping block. The IRS reports that approximately

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National Drug Take-Back Day Is October 28

On Saturday, Oct 28, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Agency is holding its next prescription drug take-back day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The goal of take-back programs is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted

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CDC Launches Rx Abuse Awareness Campaign

In its continuing battle against the opioid epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new communication campaign to educate the public on the dangers of prescription opioids to prevent misuse and abuse. Using the slogan, “It only takes a little

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Drugstore Chain Limits Opioid Prescriptions

CVS Caremark, the prescription drug management division of CVS Health drugstores, will limit opioid prescriptions for new patients to supplies for just seven days. It provides medications for some 90 million people and has considerable influence. CVS will also instruct its pharmacists to contact doctors

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What Urine Testing Doesn’t Tell You

Much of drug testing, particularly in the criminal justice arena, relies on classic urine testing. These tests are the historical go-to tests because they are quick and can check for a large number of illicit and abused substances. However, there is a tendency to over-interpret

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The Financial Cost of Substance Abuse

According to a national survey, 22.7 million Americans struggled with substance use disorders in 2013, but only 2.5 million received treatment. The gap between those who need treatment and those who receive it occurs largely for two reasons: many addicts do not seek treatment and

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