Pain

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February 6, 2020

Handling chronic pain may curb opioid epidemic, doctors say

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — For many people, pain fuels the opioid crisis. In fact, according to the CDC, Ohioans are being prescribed opioids at a higher rate than the U.S. average. However, state health officials said if people can handle how they treat their pain this may curb the epidemic.
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January 12, 2020

Gabapentin may become controlled substance in Ohio amid abuse

Gabapentin, a drug viewed as an alternative to opioids, is being abused across Ohio, experts and state officials warn. The misuse could lead the state to reclassify the drug.
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December 19, 2019

Nurses defend Ohio doctor accused of murdering 25 patients in lawsuit against hospital

Dr. William Husel allegedly ordered excessive doses of fentanyl to speed the end of patients' lives. Some former colleagues are rallying around him.
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November 25, 2019

A Sip Of Morphine: Uganda's Old-School Solution To A Shortage Of Painkillers

In the United States, drugmakers have flooded the market with powerful, sophisticated opioids. And that's fueled an epidemic of addiction. But across Africa many patients can't afford even mild painkillers — let alone medications to help people in extreme pain.
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August 2, 2019

Gov. DeWine: 'No Doubt' Drugmakers Caused Opioid Crisis

Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday that evidence recently made public makes clear that drug makers were responsible for the deadly opioid crisis and that they had lied about the addictiveness of their painkillers.
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April 4, 2019

How the Opioid Epidemic Became a Uniquely American Problem

Hosts of the NPR podcast Throughline wanted to look at the history of opioid use in America. What they found is it’s not a story about drugs, but about pain
Community Conversations — Activity

A Place of Despair

How can we acknowledge and respond to the profound loss - understood expansively - experienced in the opioid epidemic? Participants will explore examples of despair and what our responsibility is to respond in the face of suffering.
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To Heal, Not Harm

What role should health care professionals play in the response to opioids? How can reflection help individuals rethink their prescribing practices and identify individual or office-level initiatives to support patients with chronic pain while minimizing the risks of dependence?
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