(When I think of football, all I can see is the pain of the players.)
Man Dies After Going 11 Days Without Sleep:
What Are The Health Risks Of Sleep Deprivation?
What’s the longest time I’ve been without sleep? Why, that’d be the 7 days following my forced, cold-turkey detox. Seven days of no sleep… yes, it was torture.
Can anyone beat my sad record?
So, what’s your COMM score?
The COMM was developed with support from Endo Pharmaceuticals and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It primarily focuses on current behaviors and cognition rather than character and personality traits. So unlike measures that aim to identify risk potential for substance abuse (i.e. predictive validity), the COMM asks patients to describe how they are currently using their medication…
So, what’s your D.I.R.E. score?
Click to access DIRE_score.pdf
Score 7-13: Not a suitable candidate for long-term opioid analgesia
Score 14-21: May be a candidate for long-term opioid analgesia
Jail – Recovery Services of New Mexico
Inside jails that do not offer opiate addiction treatment, inmates are forced into withdrawal, which when compared to methadone treatment, is inhumane at best…
Looks like you can get free methadone… if you’re in jail. An interesting choice for pain patients?
11/22/2014, Drug addiction: The great American relapse
These days, the average user looks more like Ms Scudo. More than half are women, and 90% are white…
Like many of America’s new generation of users, Ms Scudo never intended to take up the drug. Her addiction began in 2000 when, after a hip injury, a doctor prescribed her “anything and everything” to relieve the pain. This included a high dose of OxyContin, a popular brand of opioid pill. Her prescription was later reduced, but she was already hooked…
6/10/2014, Responding to Opioid Overdose in New Mexico
Click to access RespondingToODinNM-1-.pdf
In 2010, the most common drug types causing overdose death in NM were prescription opioids, heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants.
They are responding to information that is four years old…
Project ECHO = Department of Health = federal funds = law enforcement = DEA
1/25/2015, Federal Officials Participate in NM Pharmacists Association’s Mid-Winter Meeting
Maybe DEA agents should just go ahead and get their MDs and treat patients directly, instead of using the medical profession to do their dirty work.
Delivers better pain care through continuing medical education? I call major B.S.
Summit to address opioid drug abuse
Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and Damon Martinez, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, are among featured speakers at the event…
But the decrease was partially offset by a slight increase in overdose deaths from heroin, which has become cheaper than black-market prescription drugs, he said.
The Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative was started in 2012 to improve the effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs, and work more closely with law enforcement.
Everybody is so focused on addiction and drug overdoses — why isn’t anyone paying attention to pain patients?
June 2014, Opioid use in Albuquerque, New Mexico:
a needs assessment of recent changes and treatment availability
Author information: Department of Psychology and Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions, University of New Mexico, MSC03 2220, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001, New Mexico; New Mexico Solutions, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Toddler Wounds Both Parents With 1 Shot From Handgun
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the family was living in the motel room where the shooting occurred…