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    Managing Opioid Medications – written by Dennis Dyer

    Posted on June 5, 2018

    Managing Opioid Medications-written by Dennis Dyer – A.C.C.A.D.A. Director Since we are in an opioid epidemic most people know that there are risks associated with opiate-based painkillers.  We know that in the early 2000s the medical system began to increase the use of opioid painkillers. This was due to a movement in the medical system to better address pain in those suffering from various medical problems. Drug companies use aggressive marketing to increase profits. Unfortunately that exposed large numbers of patients to opioid painkillers and fueled the epidemic. These drugs provided those already using drugs and alcohol a new high.  Many of those who became addicted to the pills eventually moved on to heroin use. A few years ago 2,400,000 doses of these painkillers were dispensed by pharmacies in Ashland County alone.  Due to lower prescribing by doctors in 2017 the number of doses of opioid painkillers went down by 650 thousand doses to 1.75 million doses last year.  That is a reduction of 650,000 doses from the high of 2.4 million. That is a down 27%. The medication average strength has also being reduced. – Source: OAARS Website. Many of those filling prescriptions for painkillers only take what they… Read More »

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