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The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 was passed on April 24, 2018, by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, as a follow up to the 138-page White House report from The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The aim of the bill and the commission report is to recognize opioid addiction as a national health crisis and to identify mechanisms for treatment and prevention.
A recent blog post by Susan Sered, Professor of Sociology, Suffolk University, How understanding pain could curb opioid addiction, aims to dig a bit deeper and understand why so many Americans take opioids to begin with – knowing the risk of harm. Understanding root causes of pain – mental or physical – could lead to a more effective pathway to reducing opioid addiction. Dr. Sered discusses the over twenty years of research she has done in this area – looking at causes and influences (medical, sociological, economical, cultural) of pain and the role of Government, the medical community, and all of us in reducing opioid addiction.
The following article appeared on Google’s blog, “The Keyword,” on April 25, 2018.
by Susan Molinari, Vice President, Public Policy, Americas
We’re deeply concerned by the opioid crisis that has impacted families in every corner of the United States. We started by thinking about how to bring Google’s technical expertise to help families combat the epidemic. Read More
by Emily Bazar, Kaiser Health News
Rule No. 1: Stay alive.
If you or a loved one wants to beat an opioid addiction, first make sure you have a handy supply of naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose and save your life.
“Friends and families need to keep naloxone with them,” says Dr. David Kan, an addiction medicine specialist in Walnut Creek who is president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine. “People using opioids should keep it with them, too.”
More than 42,200 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016, victims of a crisis that’s being fueled by the rise of a powerful synthetic opioid called fentanyl, which is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Rock stars Prince and Tom Petty had fentanyl in their systems when they died.
People can become addicted to opioids through long-term use, or misuse, of prescription painkillers. In most cases, that leads to heroin use, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
If you’re ready to address your own addiction, or that of a loved one, know that you may not succeed — at first. You probably won’t be able to do it without outside help or medications. And you’ll probably have to take those medications for years — or the rest of your life. Read More