Do all doctors test for fentanyl?

When an addiction treatment doctor orders urine drug tests, there are various choices. The basic drug test will test for heroin, morphine, methadone, marijuana, cocaine and usually a few other drugs. For doctors who prescribe Suboxone, it is important to specially request drug test kits that include buprenorphine. Surprisingly, most drug test panels do not include fentanyl. In light of the current opioid crisis and rampant fentanyl abuse, this may change in the future. For the time being, doctors who treat opioid addiction may want to order a separate fentanyl test. Continue reading “Specialized Testing Can Prevent Fentanyl Overdose”

How To Save A Life

I was watching a CPR video this morning. The American Heart Association produced this short and simple YouTube video. While it demonstrated the basics of saving a non-responsive person, my thoughts immediately went to using Narcan as a part of CPR. Continue reading “Using Narcan To Save Lives From Opioid Overdose”

What is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction, very simply, is a collection of solutions that reduce harm. It is often used in reference to tools that are helpful in reducing sickness and death due to opioid addiction. By helping opioid addicts to stay alive and healthy, we give them hope to recover. Continue reading “Harm Reduction For Opiate And Opioid Addiction Saves Lives”

How are we observing international overdose awareness day here in Broward County?

Unfortunately, for the heroin and pill dealers, it is business as usual. In fact, I have already seen a patient today who bought heroin and used it this morning. Thankfully, for this particular patient, the recovery process has begun with detox therapy. In observing international overdose awareness day, let us work together to help more of our loved ones get away from active addiction and into recovery. Continue reading “Observing International Overdose Awareness Day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida”