This JAMA Forum article, by Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, a pediatrician and Secretary of the Maryland Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene. A balanced piece. I particularly like how he finishes it! “..sees the problem in full.” This should include the under treatment of pain! “With so many perspectives on the challenge of drug overdose, … Continue reading
Nurses, where to start? My mother was a hospice nurse and my sister a peds nurse. I met my wife when she was nursing in a home of the dying. Our eldest is now studying nursing in Brisbane, Australia. Nurses have taught me so much of what is important in caring for people near the … Continue reading
Spirituality is recognized as a factor that contributes to health in many persons. The concept of spirituality is found in all cultures and societies. It is expressed in an individual’s search for ultimate meaning through participation in religion and/or belief in God, family, naturalism, rationalism, humanism and the arts. All these factors can influence how … Continue reading
“Actavis opiate shipment hit by cargo thieves in USA” 14 pallets of oxycodone entered the illicit market! 70,000 units!! How many tablets is that? Also gone: alprazolam, another drug commonly associated with drug related deaths. Not the only cause of the problem but clearly part of the problem!
I have been wrestling with this over the last five days since Mike Hill and Sue Collins from Moonshine posted “The D word.” In a few minutes, they capture the sensitivity of the issue as it applies across cultures. And I greatly appreciate the need for that sensitivity. Increasingly, the evidence is mounting that an … Continue reading