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: How Did We Get Into This Opiate Mess? What Can Psychiatry Do to Help? Should psychiatrists take over as experts? — James Amos (@jamostheelder) October 21, […]

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: Xanax-related ER visits double in 6 years – The Chart – […]

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 […]

Walking the Tightrope to Prevent Prescription Drug Addiction

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 aired […]

“It Ain’t Me”

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 out […]