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Emergency Medicine Career Articles of Interest
ED Doctors Faced With Treating More Synthetic Drug Overdoses
There’s been no surprise there has been an alarming rate of opioid overdoses in the last several years, but cases involving synthetics has also continued to grow. One ED physician says that "every year there would be two or three deaths, presumably linked to those synthetic agents and these cases are even harder to deal with because unlike opiates and heroin, there really isn't an antidote for these unpredictable synthetic drugs.” Doctors worry that the synthetic drug fentanyl that is added to heroin could only make this issue worse.View the complete article here.
New Protocol for Migraine Treatment in the Emergency Room
Source: Neurology Advisor
More than half of the 1.2 million individuals who seek treatment for migraines are prescribed opioids, despite the known risks. There is also a great deal of variation in the different types of medication used to treat migraines. This persuaded the American Headache Society to form an expert panel to review the evidence and decide which medications should be considered treatment for acute migraines in adults in the ED. The different types of medications used include migraine-specific drugs, anti-dopaminergics, opioids, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and antihistamines.”Read the complete article here.