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1007, 2018

New opioid report finds evidence of pill mills and doctor shopping in Ohio

By | July 10th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - While Ohio has taken steps to crack down on over-prescription of  highly addictive opioids, a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found almost 50 health care providers around the state who prescribed the narcotics to at-risk Medicaid beneficiaries during a year-long period that ended in May 2017. A report released Tuesday by the HHS Inspector General's office also found nearly 5,000 Medicaid recipients in Ohio getting large amounts of the drugs without cancer or hospice care diagnoses. It found more than 700 who appeared to be in serious danger of misusing or overdosing [...]

907, 2018

Dr. Marc Siegel: The opioid crisis has a solution — Here it is

By | July 9th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

I recently attended a symposium examining how medical schools can prepare future doctors to deal with the continuing opioid crisis. I joined over 90 educators from 30 medical schools at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to discuss devising a curriculum based on a successful model that Brown has created. The curriculum on opioids is designed to accomplish two objectives: A Message from MEDC Find out how PlanetM’s connections can become your connections. If you’re a tech or mobility startup, we want to introduce you to dozens of auto companies with headquarters in Michigan. First, teaching medical students [...]

507, 2018

Opioid Toolkit

By | July 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ohio's employers are asking what they should do about the opioid problem in their own workplaces. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce convened a task force to explore the options. One recommendation coming out of the task force was for employers to be armed with a toolkit of resources to be better prepared to prevent and respond to the problem. With the help and expertise of a member company, Working Partners®, and financial support from member company, Anthem, we have developed the Opioid Toolkit containing several resources free of charge to any company that is doing business in Ohio. CLICK HERE

1506, 2018

Ohioans lose 519,471 years of life from opioid overdose deaths in 7 years

By | June 15th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohioans lost more than a half-million years of life due to fatal opioid overdoses from 2010 through 2016, according to an analysis by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health. On average, the preventable overdose deaths knocked almost 40 years off the lives of the 13,059 Ohioans who died, leaving holes in the lives of their families, communities and the economy. In 2016 alone, the losses, mainly from heroin and fentanyl, were so staggering that they lowered the life expectancy of an average Ohioan by more than a year. Fentanyl-related overdoses fueled the premature deaths, especially [...]

1206, 2018

Are We Getting Sea Life High on Opioids?

By | June 12th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Believe it or not, mussels in Seattle are testing positive for opioids. Mussels are what are known as “filter feeders” since they absorb food from their surrounding environment. The problem that is surfacing is demonstrating the difference between “pollution” and “climate change,” which so many people assume are the same thing. Mussels absorb also all contaminants from their environment into their tissues. Scientists in Seattle used cages to transplant clean mussels from an aquaculture source to 18 urbanized locations around Puget Sound. After a few months, they recovered the mussels from the urban waters and tested them. In three of [...]

1106, 2018

Fatal opioid overdoses increased in 2017 in Cuyahoga County, medical examiner says

By | June 11th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The number of deaths from opioid overdoses continued to increase in 2017 for Cuyahoga County, according to a report from the medical examiner's office. Of a record-breaking 727 fatal drug overdoses in 2017, 492 were from fentanyl, an opioid used as pain medication, and 191 were from carfentanil, a derivative of fentanyl which is about 100 times more potent. The number of fentanyl deaths went up about 23 percent from 2016, and the number of carfentanil deaths more than tripled -- going from 54 to 191. The first detection of carfentanil in Ohio was in 2016. It is commonly [...]