Substance Abuse and Addiction Perspective

 
 
  • Quitting Cannabis and Preventing Pulmonary Illness Patients who smoke cannabis might not realize that this habit can result in respiratory symptoms. This study can help provide guidance to patients about quitting and the resolution of symptoms.
  • Practice Changers: Updates in Family Medicine: 2015 Family physician Frank J. Domino presents a whirlwind tour of family medicine news gleaned from recent medical literature.
  • Treating Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mood Disorders   Stephen Strakowski discusses the common co-occurrence of mood and substance use disorders, emphasizing the need to recognize the links in assessment, treatment, and follow-up.
  • Heroin: The Epidemic That Knows No Boundaries   CDC director Tom Frieden reports that heroin is cheap, potent, and available, all of the prerequisites for a widespread epidemic of abuse.
  • HIV Guidelines: Working With the Active Substance User In light of an HIV outbreak among drug users in Indiana, the NYSDOH AIDS Institute HIV Clinical Guidelines Program provides guidelines and commentary on treating HIV-positive active substance users.
  • Opioid Use, Misuse, and Abuse in Chronic Pain Some physicians say, 'Opioids have an important role.' Others ask, 'How did we get into this mess?'
  • Salt, Smoking, and the Risk for RA Dr Björn Sundström discusses the relationship among salt, smoking, and the risk for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Is Medicine Driving Doctors to Drink? Why is it that the rate of substance abuse among physicians is no worse--but also no better--than it is among the general population? Your colleagues offer their theories.
  • Marijuana and Your Job: What You Need to Know As states explore the ramifications of legalized marijuana, healthcare providers can get caught in the crossfire. What can get you fired?
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Why Doctors Become Hooked Physicians might injure themselves--or worse, a patient--if they're addicted to drugs or alcohol. Are pressures of the profession what's causing the problem?
  • Drug Testing: Could Innocent Doctors Be Wrongly Accused? Doctors' opinions are divided on whether or not testing should take place. One worry is what happens if someone is falsely accused.
  • Special Report: Random Drug Testing for Doctors Random drug testing seems to be gaining momentum. Most doctors are against it, but it's possible that it may not ultimately matter.
  • Will Doctors Be Able to Escape Random Drug Testing? Doctors’ opinions are divided on whether or not testing should take place, but will their opinions ultimately matter?
  • Smoking Mortality: New Causes Identified While smoking rates have declined in the United States, new causes of death have been identified.
  • Patients Who 'Must Have' Pain Medicine NOW It's challenging for doctors and their offices to deal with patients who may use disruptive behaviors to try to get drug refills. This expert has a solution.
  • Prescribing Abuse-Deterrent Opioids   Dr Argoff discusses when it is appropriate to prescribe an abuse-deterrent opioid.
  • CRC Survival Goes Down in Smoke   Prompted by a recent study on the effects of smoking on colorectal cancer survival, Dr David Kerr reports that he has increased his efforts to get his patients to stop smoking.
  • An Epidemic of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome The dramatic rise in drug use among pregnant women has brought with it an unparalleled wave of newborns suffering from NAS or persistent effects of intrauterine exposure to drugs.
  • Quiz: Is Your Knowledge of Physician Impairment Up-to-Date? How much do you know about physician problems with drug and alcohol abuse? What other issues create impairments? Which doctors are most at risk? Take this quiz and find out.
  • What's the Prognosis for Impaired Physicians? Physicians get just as addicted to alcohol and drugs as the general population, yet their treatment is more intensive and their outcomes are a good deal better. Here's why.
 
 
 
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