Lorne Cross MD is is the Medical Director of Willamette Valley Treatment Center, an Acadia Healthcare Addiction Medicine clinic in Salem, as well as on staff in the other Acadia Healthcare clinics in Oregon. Dr. Cross specializes in the treatment of opiate addiction, with an emphasis in Medication Assisted Treatment involving Buprenorphine and Methadone. Dr. Cross completed his Medical Degree and residency training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Southern California.
The current opioid epidemic is believed to have started in 1991. During this time, officials began to notice a drastic increase in the number of prescriptions written for the use of opioids as painkillers. Doctors were falsely informed that the risk of addiction to these drugs was low. Their trust in a product they knew little caused significant harm to patients. People became addicted rather quickly and developed drug-seeking behaviors.
Within the realm of addiction and recovery, there is a very well-known term: abstinence. Abstinence is the continued choice to no longer use drugs or alcohol or to take part in the kinds of activities that commonly lead to or are associated with drug or alcohol use.
This concept has been applied to other kinds of addictions that might not be chemically-based addictions, such as sex addiction.
Opioid addiction has become so widespread that the government has been forced to take action, enacting regulations that affect both doctors and patients. The goal is to ensure those prone to addiction don’t have access to these highly addictive substances, but new laws may be taking things a step too far. Today, those regulations may force the more than 100 million chronic pain patients to suffer without relief.
With the arrival of cooler temperatures and fall colors also means the arrival of flu season. Health officials are not sure of when the first cases will be reported, but it’s likely right around the corner. As the flu vaccine can take up to two weeks to be effective, it’s important to get it sooner rather than later. The vaccine is recommended for anyone over the age of six months.
In 2017, a record number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were reported in the United States. There were close to 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea, which is 200,000 more than were reported in 2016. Those are the only three STIs that physicians are required to report.
During the month of August, two cases of measles were reported in the Portland-metro area. Officials are now warning anyone who was in the area to watch out for any symptoms of the disease. Measles often starts with a cough, fever, runny nose and red eyes followed by a rash that starts out on the face and then later spreads to the rest of the body.
The opioid epidemic continues to ravage this country and cause deaths in every state. Though still at risk for continuing deaths, Oregon’s death rate seems to be falling in the face of the crisis. This is due to doctors changing how they prescribe opioids so that it doesn’t lead to dependency and addiction.
Newer doctors may not be able to immediately notice drug-seeking behavior when patients arrive in their waiting room or at the hospital. Opioids are indicated to work for short-term pain l...
Oregon is known as a place where advances in the medical field are prominent and ever-evolving. One area that Oregon takes particular pride in is the state’s treatment of those who live with mental health disorders and have committed crimes.
The Oregon State Hospital, located in Salem, is the oldest operating psychiatric hospital in Oregon and one of the oldest operating psychiatric hospitals along the West Coast. Though it’s expensive to care for a patient at the hospital, the recidivism rat...
On Oct. 27, 1997, Oregon made history as the first state in the country to pass a Death with Dignity Act, which makes physician-assisted suicide. As the 20th anniversary of that law draws near, a look at the statistics shows that a great many people have used the law to end their suffering. The law allows terminally ill patients to request death rather than continue with treatments that may or may not help them.
In 2017 alone, 143 people made use of the Death with Dignity Act to end their liv...