Update on opioids

In March of this year, the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) introduced by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). The bill includes amendments for mandatory prescriber education, expanded consumer education, increased funding for substance abuse treatment, increased accountability on the part of the FDA prior to the approval of new opioid medications, and changes to the wording of the FDA’s mission statement: “The FDA is also responsible for protecting the public health by strongly considering the danger of addiction and overdose death associated with prescription opioid medications when approving these medications and when regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of opioid medications.” Continue reading

I’m skeptical about … opioids.

“Patient advocates in the legal profession have coined the term ‘opiophobia’ which describes the unscientific and irrational fear that many people, including health-care providers, have of the dangers and evils of narcotics, even when prescribed to relieve pain”

                                                                                        Annals of Emergency Medicine, 2004. Continue reading