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.
Deaths among young adults are used to illustrate the tragedy of the opioid epidemic, but addiction to these powerful pain relievers and the problems they create are as prevalent in seniors. Not all recovery programs, however, are prepared to meet the unique physical and psychosocial needs of older adults and with a growing population of Americans over 60, the time has come to take a closer look at how age affects both addiction and treatment.
As the opioid epidemic continues to rages across most of the United States, lawmakers and other concerned parties remain somewhat clueless as to how to effectively battle the problem. Part of finding a solution is determining the cause, and unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer.
A bill that would remove nonmedical exemptions for school children not vaccinated for communicable diseases recently passed in the House Committee on Health Care with a 7-4 vote. The bill would mean that children who hadn’t received their vaccinations will be unable to attend public or private schools.
Lawmakers in Oregon are considering a new proposal that would result in every new parent receiving in-home visits from health care professionals. As it stands now, the bill would allow the Oregon Health Authority to study a program that would offer three home visits to families with newborn babies, starting when the child is three weeks old.
Addiction is classified as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association and viewing it as such has a profound effect on the treatment of those suffering from this epidemic. When it comes to prescription pills and opioids, viewing addiction as a mental illness helps to eliminate the stigma surrounding this disease, making it infinitely easier for victims to seek and receive help.
Opioid addiction remains a disturbing problem in the United States. Many theories have been proposed and programs developed in the hopes of reducing the epidemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a mobile app known as reSET-O, which is designed to enable opioid abusers to maintain sobriety as part of an outpatient treatment program.
The United States government has been under a partial shutdown now for three weeks, and many are beginning to worry about how this shutdown will affect them. One particularly frightening area where the government shutdown could affect people is through healthcare. Because many people are covered through government-funded healthcare, it’s a valid concern that their coverage will lapse.
Opioid overdoses displayed in the news headlines represent the unsettling addiction problem in the country. In response, from 2014 to 2018, 254 methadone clinics emerged. For a community to open a clinic, the sponsor must demonstrate a need for the service and apply for a state license. The facility must meet zoning approval and gain permission for the DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
A number of bills designed to tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic were recently signed into law by President Donald Trump. The package of legislation received bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, a rare feat in the current political climate that exists in the country.
Oregon has the highest hepatitis C mortality rate in the United States, with 500 people dying each year from the disease, and the third highest rate of infection. Because of this, the state is making drastic changes in hopes of eradicating the virus. The Oregon Health Authority is now working to expand hepatitis C treatment to everyone infected on the Oregon Health Plan. Hepatitis C is a viral infection spread through contact with infected blood.
The Oregon Health Authority is trying a new approach this holiday season to warn people about the dangers of salmonella, Twitter.
There is currently a national salmonella outbreak linked to turkey. So far, the illness has affected 164 people in 35 states, including Oregon. The outbreak comes just in time for Thanksgiving, where turkey is a popular main dish.
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.
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.
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.