Continuing Education for Prevention Provider Training

Sustainability  06/12/2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm   Speaker Mitch Moore   Cost 25.00 for non HHSC funded providers   Description Sustainability (3 hours) This workshop covers Prevention Specialist Domain 1: Planning and Evaluation Task 11   Upon completion of this program the participant will be able to: • Identify steps to build sustainability • Explain the role of stakeholders in sustainability   To register:   Marijuana Myths   06/12/2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm   Speaker Mitch Moore   Cost $25.00 for Non HHSC Funnde   Description Marijuana Myths (3 Hours)   This workshop covers Prevention Specialist Domain 6: Professional Growth and Responsibility, Task 9 Objectives. Upon completion of this program the participant will be able to:   – Differentiate between marijuana facts and myths   – Be able to explain […]

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Seniors More Likely to Fall When Taking Opioids After Hospital Treatment: Study

Seniors recovering from trauma after being admitted to hospitals may be more likely to have falls when taking prescribed opioids, according to a new study.   While opioids are commonly used to manage acute pain, they can have harmful side effects, particularly for seniors. In this study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, those who had filled an opioid prescription within two weeks preceding their injuries were 2.4 times more likely to have suffered a fall.   "Taking opioids is like drinking alcohol" and there are side effects, according to lead study author Dr. Raoul Daoust. It’s important to remind people to use caution.   Elderly people who are prescribed opioids should be encouraged to take as few as they need and be […]

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Opioid Abuse Rises When Prescriptions Are Renewed

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 -- How long you take opioid painkillers after surgery is a much stronger risk factor for addiction and overdose than the dosage of the opioids you take, researchers report. The new study included more than 560,000 people who were prescribed opioids such as OxyContin or Percocet after surgery. None had a history of recent or chronic opioid use. Each additional week of opioid use increased the risk for addiction or nonfatal overdose by 20 percent, the study found. Each additional refill increased the risk by 44 percent. The first refill more than doubled the risk, according to the study. Dosage proved to be far less of a risk factor for addiction or overdose, defined by the researchers as misuse. In fact, the study authors said that […]

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Did You Know?

  According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, consistent marijuana use that starts in adolescence is associated with a loss of IQ points in the early adult years.

Majority of Opioid Calls Concentrated in East Coast States, California, and Texas

Click here to read about the "Number of Calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers Involving Human Exposure to Opioids, January 1, 2017–November 30, 2017" in Issue 6 of NDEWS news.