Drug Addiction

Chronic pain affects up to one-third of the world population. We recognize that an individual approach to treating pain is needed and that for some patients, prescription opioids are necessary. However, the overemphasis on treating chronic pain with opioids has been associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. With 6.8% of the U.S. population now taking long-term opioids, there is an urgent need to reduce opioids and patient risks and...

EAGLE — Central Colorado officials have agreed to invest $500,000 to address a growing urgency for mental health resources in the Eagle area.

The Vail Daily reports the funds earmarked this week by the Eagle County Board of Commissioners will jump-start a new mental health program that received support from Eagle County voters...

Colorado launched a nearly $1.8 million public awareness campaign Monday aimed at ending the stigma around opioid addiction, with the hopes of encouraging more people to seek treatment.

“We want people to know if they are ready to seek help, we’ve got their back,” said Reggie Bicha, who leads the Colorado Department of Human Services, as he stood before an installation recognizing the more than 42,000 people in the U.S. who died of...

At a high school in Maryland’s capital city of Annapolis, the principal ordered doors removed from bathrooms to keep students from sneaking hits in the stalls.

A school system in New Jersey installed detectors in its high schools to digitally alert administrators to students looking for their next “rip.”

And recently in Fairfax County, Virginia, students broke into vape shops looking to score some nicotine.

Dr. Peter Abaci Presenting at RSDSA Conference

Peter Abaci, MD is the co-founder and medical director of The Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, author of, "Take Control of Your Pain", and a frequent contributor to WebMD, Pain Pathways, and Huffington Post. His objective is to teach you how to have a great life with CRPS.

This presentation is part of the broader discussion on integrated Solutions to CRPS, treating the whole person, and optimizing wellness.

Earlier this year, in a speech to leading members of Colorado’s medical community, Dr. Donald Stader confronted a blunt truth about the nation’s opioid crisis.

The majority of the blame, he said, “rightfully rests with people like me – physicians.”

Which government hospital a veteran in chronic pain walks into greatly determines whether that veteran will walk out the door with a prescription for opioids, according to a new study that provides valuable insight for hospitals looking to reduce their prescriptions of addictive painkillers.

Colorado lawmakers could allow doctors to recommend marijuana to treat acute but short-term pain, as part of a bill currently pending in the state Senate that its sponsors hope will help curb the opioid overdose epidemic.

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees’ children.

The analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds such spending cost companies and workers about $26 per enrollee in 2016.

As pressure to cut back on prescription opioids continues to mount, doctors...

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