drug addiction

For chronic pain, opioids are not a good long-term solution

More than one in 10 American adults experienced pain every day for the past three months, according to data from the National Institutes of Health. When pain lasts three months or longer, it is considered chronic pain. The prevalence of chronic pain in the U.S. lies at the root of an ongoing epidemic of prescription …

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Reducing the risk of opioid abuse after surgery

Opioids can be useful immediately after surgery for postoperative pain control, but there is a tendency to overprescribe. A recent study found that 6 percent of patients continued to use the drugs for at least three months after surgery. “Traditionally, doctors would prescribe (opioids) until the patient phone calls stopped,” said Walter Peters, MD, chief …

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How Baylor Scott & White Health is combatting the growing opioid epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 44 people fatally overdose on prescription opioids daily in the U.S. That exceeds the daily number of deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes. One forecast estimates that as many as 650,000 people — nearly the combined population of the cities of Arlington and Plano — …

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Family pain, sacrifice on path to Baylor Dallas chaplaincy

Over the next few months, I hope to share stories of my work as a resident chaplain at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. First, allow me to introduce myself. My path to this position at Baylor Dallas has not always been easy. It is marked by family pain and sacrifice that shapes my patient interactions …

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Alcoholism and drug addiction don’t discriminate

Alcoholism is not a condition that just goes away on its own; it’s a disease that destroys marriages, careers and lives. This is a problem people have faced for centuries, affecting young and old, rich and poor, people from all races and ethnicities around the globe. So why haven’t future generations learned from the mistakes …

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