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Acute and chronic pain are unrelated and must be treated as such, says author of new book on the complexity of chronic pain and the need for a multispecialty, non-opioid model of chronic pain treatment.
Fentanyl has taken root in Montana and in communities across the Mountain West during the pandemic, after formerly being prevalent mostly east of the Mississippi River, said Keith Humphreys of the Stanford-Lancet Commission on the North American Opioid Crisis. Montana law enforcement officials have intercepted record numbers of pale-blue pills made to look like prescription opioids such as OxyContin. Nationwide, at least 103,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2021, a 45% increase from 2019, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 7 of every 10 of those deaths were from synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl.
Counties and cities are set to receive 75 percent of the funding, while the state will see 25 percent. The money is set to be used for response to the opioid epidemic and its fallout.
The street value of the drugs seized is estimated to be $37,000.

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The pharmacies are accused of giving cash handouts to keep customers coming back, and one allegedly distributed its own currency, “monkey bucks,” inspired by a pet monkey that was once a common sight behind the counter.
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Overdoses and opioid pill seizures continue to double in Bismarck-Mandan as police and their partners gear up for a medication addiction treatment program.
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“Addicts don't do very well sitting by themselves with their own thoughts for months at a time. They say that the opposite of addiction is connection, and I find that really to be true.”
The virtual webinar will feature Beth Macy, the author of "Dopesick," who will explain the devastating impact opioid addiction has on America.
West-central Minnesota health system is implementing an easy reference guide for physicians and information for patients about managing acute pain without using opioid pain medications. Often, the first line of treatment is over-the-counter painkillers, which doctors say are more effective than people think.
Overdose rescue medications do not require a prescription and can be located at nearby locations found on a new Naloxone Finder web page.

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"Growth in the health care industry is something which gives us security in rural areas, but it’s also an indicator of rising cancer rates, opioids, violence."
"Alarmingly, from April 2020 to April 2021, for the first-time in the United States, overdoses took the lives of more than 100,000 people in a one-year period," writes Rep. Kelly Armstrong. "This is an increase of 28.5% from the previous year."
With the legalization last summer of fentanyl test strips, the Minnesota Department of Health has coordinated funds for the distribution of kits allowing users to steer clear of a deadly synthetic opioid.

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