The Opioid Crisis and What Has Been Learned

James T. O’Donnell F. Randy Vogenberg So much to write, so little space. A real challenge for healthcare professionals (HCPs) and responsible healthcare organization operating committees like P&T is walking back care delivery and pharmaceutical prescribing practices that have existed for more than a century. Numerous lawsuits have been brought and some settled in 2019 … Read more

Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of prescription opioid misuse and use disorders

New research suggests that marijuana users may be more likely than nonusers to misuse prescription opioids and develop prescription opioid use disorder. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Columbia University. Read more on DrugAbuse

Clinical Dilemmas: Prescribing Opioids Concurrently With Medical Cannabis

AC is a 57-year-old female patient who is seen in our clinic for chronic low back pain. She has lumbar disc disease, which causes radicular pain down both lower extremities. She has been prescribed oxycodone, which has been reported to be helpful. Antiepileptic agents and tricyclic antidepressants have not been effective at controlling her radicular … Read more