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Present locations of drug cartels operating in the United States. Adapted from Reference 23.

Backstories on the US Opioid Epidemic. Good Intentions Gone Bad, an Industry Gone Rogue, and Watch Dogs Gone to Sleep

Epidemics of opioid use are old news in the United States, but an epidemic that kills over 200,000 Americans is not. A multiplicity of intertwined factors have brought us to this place. From 30,000 feet, it is the story of good intentions gone bad, a drug industry gone rogue, and government watch dog agencies gone […]

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Large lower limb edemas caused by diffuse hematomas from the legs to the thighs before (A, B) and after vitamin C supplementation (C).

Unexpected Cause of Bleeding

To the Editor: A 46-year-old man was seen by his hepatologist for a follow-up visit after successful treatment of hepatitis C. He reported a general weakness and walking pain for 10 days due to lower limb edema and knee arthralgia. His medical history included an intravenous heroin and cocaine addiction weaned off since 2001 and […]

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Trends of Cannabis Use Disorder in the Inpatient: 2002 to 2011

The nationwide prevalence of cannabis use/abuse has more than doubled from 2002 to 2011. Whether the outpatient trend is reflected in the inpatient setting is unknown. We examined the prevalence and incidence of cannabis abuse/dependence as determined by discharge coding in a 10-year (2002-2011) National Inpatient Sample, as well as various trends among demographics, comorbidities, […]

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Managing Increasing Liability Risks Related to Opioid Prescribing

The increase in prescription opioid-related overdose deaths has increasingly led to liability and sanctions for physicians. For instance, in January 2010, Maurice Conte, MD was found negligent for prescribing a combination of Vicodin, Xanax, and Soma, which caused an overdose death, and was fined over $9 million.1 Conte, as the Medical Director of pain clinics, rarely […]

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A Tool to Assess Risk of De Novo Opioid Abuse or Dependence

Readily available demographic, clinical, behavioral, pharmacy, and geographic information can be used to predict the likelihood of opioid abuse or dependence. Determining risk factors for opioid abuse or dependence will help clinicians practice informed prescribing and may help mitigate opioid abuse or dependence. The purpose of this study is to identify variables predicting opioid abuse […]

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A-C) Violaceous retiform purpura on the ear helix and lower extremities with associated histopathologic findings (hematoxylin-eosin, original magnification ×40).

Painful Violaceous Purpura on a 44-Year-Old Woman

Returning to the fundamentals of our medical training, eliciting a full social history, including the use of illicit drugs, can be the key to making a correct diagnosis. This point is illustrated in the following case. A 44-year-old woman with a past medical history notable for asthma and heroin abuse, presented to the Emergency Department […]

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