Abuse of Opioids and Heroin Reaching Epidemic Levels

With the United States Senate passing of the bipartisan Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors Act (See Washington Report, March 3, 2016), which is designed to cut down on inappropriate access to opioids, improve patient care for at–risk beneficiaries, and save taxpayers money, it is more than clear that abuse of opioids and heroin has become a serious problem in the US.   A recent report, published March 1, 2016 on the American Association for Clinical Chemistry website, discusses the dramatic increase in heroin and painkiller use in the Cincinnati, Ohio area prompting a neonatologist at Cincinnati Children’s Perinatal Institute […]