8/28/2014, New Data Show Drop In Opioid Analgesic Overdose Deaths in Staten Island

But Overall Drug Overdoses Increased In NYC

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2014/pr029-14.shtml

According to the new Epi Data Brief, 77 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2013 involved an opioid, including opioid analgesics (prescription painkillers), methadone, or heroin. On average, there is more than one fatal opioid overdose a day. Heroin plays an increasing role in overdose deaths in New York City, doubling from 3.1 per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2010 to 6.2 per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2013…

In Staten Island, opioid analgesic-involved overdose deaths declined, decreasing 32 percent among Staten Island residents between 2011 and 2013, reversing a more than 4-fold upward trend between 2005 and 2011. The Health Department responded in 2012 to this sharp increase in fatal opioid overdoses by implementing a multi-pronged approach to decrease the number of fatal opioid overdoses in the borough…

It appears that New Mexico is doing everything that Staten Island is doing, but Staten Island’s decrease in drug poisonings is a lot higher, at 32%.  Still, this multi-pronged approach is only having a partial effect.

1/26/2015, Medicinal cannabis: study finds Australians suffering chronic pain…

…get more relief from cannabis than conventional medicines

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/medicinal-cannabis-study-finds-australians-suffering-chronic-pain-get-more-relief-from-cannabis-than-conventional-medicines-20150126-12y52e.html

Millions of Australians suffer from chronic pain – a problem set to increase as the population ages. Yet there are few effective and safe long-term treatments, and accidental overdose deaths from prescribed pain drugs are now more common than deaths from heroin…

Greens NSW MP John Kaye said the NDARC paper provided more evidence that both the Liberal and Labor parties were being too cautious.

“It is irrational and cruel to criminalise patients who are obtaining relief from chronic non-cancer pain using medicinal cannabis,” he said.

“Waiting for yet more evidence before changing the law is a delaying tactic that will see tens of thousands of people suffer debilitating levels of pain needlessly.

Study: Plasma Injections Better than Surgery or Steroids

http://nationalpainreport.com/study-plasma-injections-better-than-surgery-or-steroids-8825677.html

Under comments:

Stephanie says:
January 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm
I tried PRP for my lumbar spine with no positive results. I have to say the injections were the most painful experience I have ever gone through. So painful I went into shock after one treatment. Interesting to see how they are starting to get more press now. I hope that some find benefit from them.

Obamacare Fine to Be Owed by as Many as 6 Million Taxpayers

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-28/obamacare-penalty-to-be-owed-by-as-many-as-6-million-taxpayers

The IRS has been preparing for additional strain during the tax season as people adjust to the rule, warning that about half the people who call its toll-free phone lines won’t be able to get through…

For 2014, the government is allowing taxpayers to claim a long list of exemptions from the requirement to carry insurance. They include excuses such as a death in the family, domestic violence or if a person’s 2013 coverage was canceled…