Missouri is the lone state in the country that refuses to keep a database of the drugs that are prescribed to patients, much to the chagrin of the people who are tasked with trying to stop the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States.
Not having such a database hampers Missouriâ€™s ability to combat prescription drug abuse and also attracts people from neighboring states looking to stockpile pills and bring them home to either abuse or sell to others, according to law enforcement officials, legislators and data compiled by a prescription drug processing firm.
Drug monitoring program procedures and powers vary from one state to another, but they all require doctors, pharmacists or both to enter all prescriptions into a database that can be consulted later to make sure patients do not get excess medication. In some states, checking the database is mandatory.
Missouri has been urged to put a database into effect by Missouri medical associations, members of Congress from neighboring states, the White House and evenÂ Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, the St. Louis-based manufacturer of oft-abused prescription painkiller oxycodone.
But attempts to establish one so far have been blocked by a small group of lawmakers led by State SenatorÂ Rob Schaaf, a family physician who argues that allowing the government to keep prescription records violates personal privacy.
â€œThereâ€™s some people who say you are causing people to die â€” but Iâ€™m not causing people to die. Iâ€™m protecting other peopleâ€™s liberty,â€ Schaaf said in a recent interview in his Senate office. â€œMissouri needs to be the first state to resist, and the other states need to follow suit and protect the liberty of their own citizens.â€
Schaafâ€™s opposition has come under sharp criticism from fellow Republicans, including representativeÂ Harold RogersÂ of Kentucky, one of eight states that borders Missouri.
â€œItâ€™s very selfish on Missouriâ€™s part to hang their hat on this privacy matter,â€ Rogers said. â€œThe rest of us suffer.â€
The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers Leadership Conference took place May 17-20 with a pre-conference focusing on youth May 16.
Check out some of the highlights below.
Who knew that a photo of a heavily pregnant woman lifting a barbell could cause such buzz in social media?
That’s exactly what California former bodybuilder Lea-Ann Ellison, 35, stirred last week when a photo of her pregnant frame lifting weights surfaced in CrossFit’s Facebook timeline photos.
Ellison captioned the photo taken by Nick Stern this way: “8 months pregnant with baby number 3 and CrossFit has been my sanity. I have been CrossFitting for 2 1/2 years and … strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body’s capabilities to kick ass.”
The photo has generated thousands of Facebook likes and shares, and has been discussed heavily in Twitter. Here are some of the comments from some Twitter users, both impressed and disturbed:
â€” Sporting Mad (@SportingMadAU) September 19, 2013
Everyone’s mad at the pregnant weight lifter. She wasn’t lifting that much. The weights are rubber and her Dr said it’s fine.
â€” Angi (@angiyt) September 21, 2013
#pregnantweightlifter If she was carrying a 100lb toddler, vacuuming, laundry and working no one would even blink at the picture! Good 4 her
â€” Stacey Crawford (@yecatsk3) September 23, 2013
@danabrams Foolish…why take a chance of late term miscarriage? Will probably be a selfish mother.
â€” marykellogg (@marykellogg) September 23, 2013
OK, I never could have done this, still cannot, but no hating on her! Pregnant Weight Lifter Stirs Debate http://t.co/L3mhMycPtI
â€” Sallie Han (@SallieHanAnthro) September 24, 2013
As you may or may not know, today, June 26, is the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
CADCA hosted a Twitter chat about synthetic drugs. It wasn’t huge but it was interesting. If you missed it, here is a Storify summary of it. (This does not represent all of the tweets exchanged during the chat.)
If the Storify embed is still having a glitch, you can access it here.
Marking the 3/4 century milestone this June was the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, which held its 75th annualÂ conference in San DiegoÂ June 15 – 20 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.
The conference attracted scientists from across the globe and covered myriad subjects related to addiction, including the possibility of using hallucinogens as addiction treatment, using technology to help curb addiction, public policy on drug use and the rapid spread of diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV through intravenous drug use.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse also presented the results of its annualÂ Monitoring the Future report, which is a snapshot of what drugs are being used by high school students in the US.
The conference also offered attendees the opportunity to obtain Continuing Medical Education credits for physicians.
You can read a Twitter summary of the event or visit the CPDD website for more information.
Hillary Rodham Clinton shared the wisdom she’s gained over a lifetime of leadership at theÂ Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference in Chicago recently.
The conference, which ran from June 16-19, also featured a highly inspirational talk from astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt on her life two years ago, about how to make a difference in the world while overcoming adversity.
Best-selling author Daniel Pink also addressed the crowd about embracing their true roles as salespeople of opportunities while TOMS founderÂ Blake Mycoskie talked about how giving and actively making the world a better place is an excellent business model to adopt.
The conference included over 250 other speakers and was attended by over 15,000 human resources professionals, making it the biggest HR event in the country.
TheÂ International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC)Â held itsÂ 8th Annual International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention AdherenceÂ in Miami, FL June 2 – 4.
The goal of the conference was to provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of contemporary HIV treatment, prevention research and practical applications.
Among the presenters at the conference was keynote speaker Dr. Badara Samb, who is with the UN AIDS organization.
Dr. Samb outlined UN AIDS’ efforts to have 15 million people inÂ Dr. Samb outlined UN AIDS’ efforts to have 15 million people in HIV treatment by 2015. Dr. Samb told delegates that if every 18 seconds someone starts HIV treatment, 15 million people will be in treatment by 2015 but currently, someone starts HIV treatment everyÂ 19Â seconds, meaning UN AIDS is only one second away from its target of 15 million people in treatment by 2015.
Dr. Samb also revealed the sobering statistic that 120 people die of AIDS every half-hour.
Other presentations included what the Affordable Healthcare Act will mean to HIV and AIDS patients and the importance of using technology like text messaging to help people adhere to their treatment schedules.
You can find a Twitter summary of the eventÂ here.
The Fourth Annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders featured guest speakers and workshops on a number of different addiction disorders, including drug, alcohol, gambling, sex and eating disorders.
Taking place at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, CA from May 30 – June 2, the conference kicked off with a golf tournament before turning its attention to the task of educating guests in areas likeÂ Ethics and the Law in Clinical Practice,Â Clinical Supervision Skills for a Changing Treatment World,Â Eating Disorder Boot Camp:Â Training in the Treatment of Eating Disorders,Â The Silver Tsunami of Aging and AddictionÂ andÂ SAP Qualification and Requalification Training.
The conference even addressed subjects on the periphery of addiction, likeÂ Starting a business in the Recovery Industry? Is it for you?