Overdose of prescription opioid pain relievers, which is often unintended, results in a greater number of deaths than do heroin and cocaine combined.
Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) December 04, 2012
The December issue of the Journal of Medical Toxicology (JMT), the official journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), focuses on the misuse and abuse of opioid analgesics. This special journal issue will be featured on Dr. Wolf’s Take Charge of Your Health, a weekly radio show aired from Cincinnati, Ohio. The Editor-in-Chief of JMT, Dr. Leslie Dye, will host the show, which will air live on WKRC 550 AM from 6pm to 7pm on Sunday, December 9, 2012. One of the guest editors of the special JMT issue and past president of ACMT, Dr. Lewis Nelson, will join Dr. Dye to discuss toxic effects and medical challenges related to misuse of opioid analgesics.
Opioid analgesics are potentially dangerous and addictive morphine-like pain relievers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. The December issue of JMT is dedicated to understanding reasons for and potential solutions to the current epidemic of opioid–related poisonings.
“Overdose of prescription opioid pain relievers, which is often unintended, results in a greater number of deaths than do heroin and cocaine combined. Our special issue focuses medical professionals on this public health crisis and our radio show aims to inform the public,” said Editor-in-Chief, Leslie R. Dye, MD.
Some of the topics covered in the special JMT issue include addiction in healthcare professionals, the role of prescription drug monitoring programs in preventing overprescribing, the abuse potential of widely used prescription opioids and the use of laboratory testing to detect opioids. The JMT special issue is part of an ongoing effort by the ACMT to educate and inform medical professionals so they are better prepared to address and prevent opioid addiction and intoxication in their patients.
Dr. Wolf’s Take Charge of Your Health is aired weekly on WKRC 550 AM and can be accessed from the Internet on iheartradio.com.
ACMT is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. The College is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology through a variety of activities.