Thinking About The Prescription Opioid Medication Crisis

Just a note today on the opioid overdose situation about which a lot of experts are talking including Dr. Jan Fawcett, MD in the October 2015 issue of Psychiatric Annals: https://twitter.com/jamostheelder/status/656924801303343104 I'm really not sure it's a great idea to recommend that psychiatrists try taking over as experts in this area. There are mandated CME courses for … Continue reading Thinking About The Prescription Opioid Medication Crisis

Contagious Benzophobia?

I know, I know; I'm on vacation and I should stay away from the blog, but my wife says to me this morning, "Hey, did you see the CNN article about Xanax?" So, of course, heedless of the potential consequences, I read it: https://twitter.com/jamostheelder/status/469460510476214272 I really didn't much care for the reporter's sentence, "Part of … Continue reading Contagious Benzophobia?

Iowa Physician Honored for Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

The AMA MorningRounds recently contained sobering news about children dying of prescription drug overdoses in California. It was front-page news in the Los Angeles Times. The legislature called for more action by the Medical Board of California to mine a statewide database of prescriptions to identify doctors who "recklessly prescribe narcotics." The medical board only … Continue reading Iowa Physician Honored for Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

Walking the Tightrope to Prevent Prescription Drug Addiction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB5k3KkJ6eg By now a lot of people have viewed the CBS News video of reporter Mark Strassman's interview with a real estate executive's struggle with addiction to a prescription analgesic and anxiolytic. A recent AMA MorningRounds item also highlighted the steady rise in deaths "for the 11th straight year" (from an ABC World News story … Continue reading Walking the Tightrope to Prevent Prescription Drug Addiction

“It Ain’t Me”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRLG_zYiQs4 One of the medical students rotating through the psychiatry consultation service recently asked a very astute question. It was about the epidemic of opioid pain medicine overprescribing and the related deaths from overdoses. She asked, "Why do doctors prescribe these drugs to people who are obviously misusing them?" Connected to this issue is the way to find … Continue reading “It Ain’t Me”

Another Mother’s Little Helper?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK0MVn4gxJs It pays to watch the AMA MorningRounds news items because I found out about another Mother's Little Helper, an issue I posted about on November 19, 2011, “Mother’s Little Helper” in the New Millenium « The Practical Psychosomaticist: James Amos, M.D. Back then it was about sleeping pills. The most recent item highlights the … Continue reading Another Mother’s Little Helper?

Bath Salts Induced Hyperthermic Face Eating Delirium, Tip of the Iceberg

I'm going to revisit the story about the Miami naked man who was shot dead by police because he wouldn't  stop chewing off the face of a homeless man on a highway ramp. The latest report is that he had been delirious from abusing a new hallucinogen known as "bath salts." See the story at link, Reports: … Continue reading Bath Salts Induced Hyperthermic Face Eating Delirium, Tip of the Iceberg