Category Archives: medication issues

Half of urine drug screens revealed improper medication use!

Half of urine drug screens revealed improper medication use!  Wow.  A study of over 4,000,000 (!) urine drug screens showed that 52% of patients were taking inappropriate medication.  The most common combination of medications misused were opioids (pain medicines) and … Continue reading

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What are the chances to be on opioids after initial use of opioids?

What are the chances a patient will be on opioids after initial use of opioids?  I recently attended a lecture discussing opiate addiction and its far-reaching aspects. How soon does habituation to opioids occur? There was an interesting study out … Continue reading

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Travel medicine tips.

Travel medicine tips.  Most of us are excited to travel and would like to arrive both at our destination and back home safely and in good health.  Don’t let these problems derail your plans… There are many types of travel-associated … Continue reading

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How can physicians help patients keep prescription cost down?

How can physicians help patients keep prescription costs down? This is a very important and constantly changing problem.  Pharmaceutical companies have figured out how to get more money for their prescriptions.  Some ways to keep inflated prices are that there … Continue reading

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Summer travel is upon us: International travel and medication advice!

International travel and medication advice.  As the summer travel season heats up, what should you know about medications and travel? There are two great websites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to … Continue reading

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Do you need to safely dispose of medications? Saturday, April 28. Take back medicine day!

Do you have extra medication at home that you no longer use or is expired?  Now is your time.  Saturday, April 26 is take-back-medicine-day! Which medicine should you take back? ANY you are no longer using or needing. It is … Continue reading

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To follow is NOT a sexy topic, but very important– how to prevent falls for yourself (…or your parent)

To follow is NOT a sexy topic, but very important– how to prevent falls for yourself (…or your parent.) Why is this important?  Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.  Each fall-related hospitalization costs an average of … Continue reading

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