In ongoing attempts to fight the spread of opioid addiction, legislation was passed in The House on June 22, 2018. The legislation gives federal agencies more power to prevent deadly synthetic opioids such as fentanyl from crossing into the country, as well as providing increased resources for addicts. The legislation, named SUPPORT for Patients and Communities, is expected to have a monumental impact on the way we approach opioid medication. The expectation is that ultimately the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions given out will be reduced dramatically and that development of alternative painkillers with less potential to be damaging or harmful will be accelerated.
The opioid crisis has been growing for a long time, and it appears to have come to a head with a sudden rush of fentanyl making its way into recreational drugs and heroin overdoses rising – especially in poor, rural areas.
A visit to the dentist is an anxiety provoking experiencee; dental anxiety and phobia are extremely common. An estimated 9% to 15% of Americans avoid the dentist because of anxiety, and even with the recent advances in dental technology, an astonishing 91% of Americans between 20 and 64 years of age are affected by dental caries.
Psychiatric care is a difficult field for many patients and providers to navigate. The ethics of psychiatry are constantly changing and are held under great scrutiny. In the eyes of the public, treating mental illness is not as straightforward as treating physical illness. People with severe mental illness are more likely to be subject to homelessness, violence and unemployment. For many people with psychotic disorders, they’re likely to experience an involuntary psychiatric hold – known as a 5150, which enables them to be held in a psychiatric hospital for evaluation and potentially to be held longer if they’re deemed incapable of checking themselves out or caring for themselves.