3/12/2014, What Are the Five Most Addictive Behaviors Known to Science?


“Many people with Parkinson’s disease who are given drugs to increase dopamine develop shopping addiction.”

2/12/2013, Opioids and Road Trauma: Is It the Medicine, the Pain, or Both?


Under comments:

Mark Wallace, University of California San Diego:  “There was a study in the late 1990s (see attached slides below on earlier studies on effects of opioids and driving) that looked at cancer patients on >200 mg/day oral morphine equivalent with controlled pain, and compared them to matched cancer patients not on opioids with uncontrolled pain. Study participants performed driving tests, and the ones not on opioids with uncontrolled pain performed worse.

10/10/2014, #14Days: Dying for pain relief in the opioid epidemic


“So, it’s no surprise that doctors then don’t treat addiction because they don’t know how to do it, they don’t have the skills, they don’t have the knowledge, and they don’t have the confidence,” she says.

There’s a reason that addiction is not a recognized medical specialty, but that won’t stop the industry from growing.

9/3/2014, DEA to scrutinize hospital pharmacists for opioid monitoring


“For example, in September 2013, FDA issued new labeling for long-acting and extended-release opioids, requiring that these drugs be used only for severe pain by patients needing continuous daily treatment over the long term and for whom alternative treatments are not adequate.”

Meet your new doctors:  the DEA and the FDA.

11/18/2014, CU-Boulder study shows differences in brain’s processing of emotional, physical pain


“The prevailing belief that the two types of pain are neurologically the same had led to some new strategies for treating social pain, even including the use of traditional painkillers, to ease emotional discomfort.”

11/19/2014, Mortality Up for Long-Term Opioid Users With Chronic Pain


Yes, chronic pain patients have shorter lifespans, that’s not news.  Is the shorter lifespan due to opioid therapy, or the stress that constant pain puts on the brain and body?  If these pain patients had decided not to use opioid treatment, would that have expanded or shortened their lives?