“This bill will improve health care coordination and reduce the risk of overdose death for people with substance use disorders by allowing their treatment records to be safely and privately shared between healthcare providers.” … More
Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.
“Heroin(e)” documents three women fighting the drug epidemic in the “overdose capital of America.”
“Toward a Healthier West Virginia—Root Causes and Solutions to Effective Pain Care and Eliminating Non-medical Opioid Use”
As the drug epidemic continues in West Virginia, physicians, educators, legislators and more are making sure children are not forgotten.
Not every state is responding to the opioid epidemic with just public health policies.
Source: The new war on drugs – Vox
Erin Winstanley, Ph.D., WVCTSI recruited scientist and associate professor in the WVU School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, recently contributed a piece to the Conversation focusing on the opioid epidemic in America. In “The Opioid Epidemic is Finally a National Emergency – Eight Years too Late,” Winstanley examines the severity of the opioid epidemic in America and the need to expand access to treatment:
On August 10, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. But we need to do a lot more to prevent this crisis from escalating even further.
CLARKSBURG — The medical profession has had to change its approach to treatment of chronic pain since the start of the opioid epidemic in West Virginia. West Virginia University Medicine’s director of outpatient pain services Dr. Richard Vaglienti said this center is trying to get people away from thinking that a pill is the only answer.