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“Deadly Dose:” Comments on the @sanjayguptacnn special

Have you ever been looking for that situation to include Bill Clinton in a paper, email or blog? Well it just happened with the former President’s appearance on the CNN Special, “Deadly Dose.” President Clinton had, in fact contacted Sanjay Gupta because of a personal experience with the death of two younger men. These men … Continue reading

FDA warns about codeine! What about hydrocodone?

Codeine is a prodrug.  It gets broken down to other drugs to provide pain relief.  10% of codeine gets broken down to morphine in a “normal” individual.  The enzyme that does this is located in the liver, cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6).  This has been known since the 1980s. Well, so what? 5-10% of Caucasians lack … Continue reading

Guidelines for Opioids in palliative care (a NICE draft)

What is NICE about opioids? NICE is the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK.  It is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.  It makes recommendations to the NHS on: new and existing medicines, treatments and procedures. Treating and caring … Continue reading

Oxycodone Tab Highjacking

“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!

Does the USA have a greater need of opioid analgesics?

In the discussion on “Back to School,” film # 12 in the LIFE before Death series, the recent BMJ articles quoting Dr Volkow, the Director of the USA National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) were referenced. This question in particular stands out. “I think it poses the question, why do we have much greater need … Continue reading

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