10.4% of Chronic Pain Patients Prescribed Opioids Also Take Illegal Drugs

An article recently came out in Business Insurance detailing a study that revealed 10.4% of people with chronic pain who were prescribed opioids also tested positive for illegal drugs. This sounded like a smoking gun on how opioids can often lead to addiction. When I dug deeper, the data was a little surprising. Of the total

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Happiness AND Success

In a recent blog, I wrote about the seven keys to happiness.  Now science has some data on the keys to happiness AND success, thanks to a new book by Emma Seppala, Science Director for Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Many of us believe that we must pay a price for

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Regulation of Opioids Increasing

Recently, the CDC published the first national standards for prescribing opioids, new standards specifically dedicated to confronting this crisis. This set of guidelines will provide much greater leverage going forward when interacting with non-compliant providers, much as evidence-based guidelines have afforded crucial controls for assuring patients receive appropriate care. We are also starting to see some

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7 Keys to Happiness

I read this article​ which listed basic things that the happiest people do every day.  It seems like common sense, but it’s a list worth noting. It’s also very simple and easy to remember. I broke these 7 keys down into 3 basic groups. Take care of your own health 1.  Choose to exercise. 2.  Choose

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Knowledge is Not Enough to Change Behavior

I was listening to an interview with Keith Ferrazzi about teams and individual success. One of his observations that jumped out was “knowledge is not enough to change behavior.”  If it were, NOBODY would smoke, eat dessert, or do drugs.  Pretty obvious, but quite profound if you think about it. You need to modify behaviors

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Main Cause of Addiction: Loneliness

This is a fascinating article​ about the roots of addiction.  The article’s premise is that the main cause of drug use and addiction is not the drug itself, it is the lack of human connection a person has at the time. “Professor Peter Cohen argues that human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections.

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You Know It’s Bad When…

We are all aware that Super Bowl ads cost an obscene amount of money.  $5 million for just 30 seconds of air-time. That is why I was so surprised by one of the commercials that aired during the game. It was an “educational PSA-type” ad, not for opioids, but for Opioid Induced Constipation (OIC)​.  This minute-long

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