Strategies to manage surgical pain

Because addiction to pain pills often starts with an operation, surgeons are shifting to non-opioid approaches for pain control. Many people who are struggling with opioid addiction didn’t start taking the drugs at a party or at a friend’s house. They were introduced to these painkilling medications by their doctor after a surgical procedure. In … Read more

STATE INVESTIGATES VAPING’S CONNECTION TO LUNG DISEASE

Reports of severe disease in 15 young e-cigarette users in New Jersey, more than 200 nationwide, lead to alarm among healthcare officials Credit: Krystian Graba/Pixabay State and local officials in New Jersey are grappling with reports of severe lung disease in 15 relatively young patients with a history of e-cigarette use, part of a growing … Read more

Vaping Illnesses: protect yourself by avoiding THC filled vapes

Consumers are likely aware of the recent reports of respiratory illnesses – including some resulting in deaths – following the use of vaping products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains deeply concerned about these incidents and is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state … Read more

Prescription opioid use among seniors

Nationwide and locally, marked attention is given to the “opiate challenge,” which is a serious public health problem, an epidemic. With regard to seniors, concerns focus on (1) high rates of narcotic analgesic use, (2) cautious approaches to pain management, and (3) storage and disposal of these drugs (e.g. preventing medications from being taken by … Read more