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Managing pain safely

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The opioid crisis has been in the headlines for quite a while now. An estimated 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdose, according to federal estimates. Bexar County leads the state in infant opioid withdrawal and has the third-highest rate of overdose deaths in Texas. Dr. Bryan Alsip, executive vice president and chief medical officer, described it this way in an article he wrote for the San Antonio Express-News with Dr. Colleen Bridger, director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District: “No sector of our society is immune. Opioid misuse, addiction and overdose can be found in boardrooms and …Read More >

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Coming together to fight opioid addiction

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Opioid misuse and addiction is a national crisis worthy of worthy of the attention it’s starting to receive both locally and nationally, a panel of experts said Thursday night. “For me to put it into context, the opioid crisis we discuss tonight is the largest drug epidemic our country has ever seen,” said Dr. Bryan Alsip, executive vice president and chief medical officer of University Health System. “And to give you a comparison, in 2016 more people died from opioid overdose deaths than died from motor vehicle accidents in 1972 or HIV/AIDS in 1995, which were both the peaks of …Read More >

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When prescription becomes addiction

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Opioid addiction and misuse has become a national crisis, and Bexar County hasn’t been spared. The problem often starts with a prescription written by a doctor or dentist to ease pain after an injury or procedure. In too many cases, the person prescribed that prescription develops an addiction over time. Or an unused portion is stolen by a drug-seeking relative or visitor. “Most providers want to do the right thing,” said Dr. Bryan Alsip, chief medical officer of University Health System, speaking before the first meeting of the Joint Opioid Task Force, a group of experts and advocates working on …Read More >

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