We Can Prevent Half or More of all Suicides

Medicine must decide it wants to prevent suicides. This post is slightly altered from one published earlier in Psychology Today. We are missing an easy way to prevent suicides. Half or more of all suicides are potentially preventable. First, here’s a summary of the problem that once again came to our attention with the unfortunate Read more about We Can Prevent Half or More of all Suicides[…]

Suspicious Behaviors Suggest Opioid Misuse

Is anyone you know misusing opioids? This post was presented in a slightly modified form in Psychology Today on April 28, 2018. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we know that there is no benefit whatsoever from taking opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain, and there are many harmful effects to the patients (and Read more about Suspicious Behaviors Suggest Opioid Misuse[…]

Opioids Complications are Related to the Dose

Do you know what a safe opioid dose is? A slightly different version of this post was posted on Psychology Today on April 2, 2018 Most agree that there is no proven benefit from the chronic use of opioids (Vicodin, Oxycontin, Fentanyl) for non-cancer pain. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies show Read more about Opioids Complications are Related to the Dose[…]

Prescription Opioids Create A National Crisis

Every day there is something in the media on prescription opioids. For good reason, the problem is real—overdose deaths, selling them, and addiction. It all comes from the Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Fentanyl physicians prescribe. OxyContin tablets crushed into powder for insufflation (snorting). Notice the tablets at the top with the coating removed. By 51fifty at Read more about Prescription Opioids Create A National Crisis[…]

Has Medicine Lost its Mind?

  Your physician is not trained to treat your mental health problems. A slightly different version of this post was posted on Psychology Today on February 7, 2018 Since 1985, I’ve focused on patient-centered communication and mental health care in medical settings. That’s right—medical settings—not psychiatric settings. That’s because primary health care physicians are typically Read more about Has Medicine Lost its Mind?[…]

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