Marijuana Is Not a Prescription Medicine Information Briefing from the Kansas City Medical Society THREE PROPOSALS will go before Missouri voters on the November 6, 2018 ballot to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. This document from the Kansas City Medical Society is designed to inform the public about these proposals, what is known and not known about the effects of marijuana, and the considerations on why we and other physician organizations recommend voting against these proposals.
We love to hear stories of how the Kansas City Medical Society, via the work of the Kansas City Medical Foundation changes lives. Our partners at El Centro, recently put some of our stories in their newsletter. We are happy to see ways we are having an impact in the greater Kansas City community.
An Alternative to the Hospital Emergency Room for Persons with Substance Use Disorder or Severe Mental Illness By Lauren Moyer, LSCSW, LCSW Kansas City assessment and triage center provides short-term stabilization for up to 23 hours. In cities across the country, individuals with behavioral health issues routinely present at emergency departments or even worse are jailed. Such interventions rarely, if ever, change behavior or resolve a crisis.
Opioid-Related Deaths in the Kansas City Area - Jackson County Medical Examiner's office points to oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl as the leading cause. Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and other synthetic analogues just to name a few. Opioid drugs, typified by morphine, produce their pharmacological actions, including analgesia, by acting on receptors located on neuronal cell membranes. The presynaptic action of opioids to inhibit neurotransmitter release is considered to be their major effect on the nervous system. Deaths are usually attributed to respiratory depression.
Last year, for the first time ever, the number of women entering medical school in the United States surpassed the number of incoming men. Compare that to 1970, when barely 5 percent of American doctors were women. It’s easy to conclude from this headline-making news that women have reached full equality in the profession, but medical school matriculation is only the beginning of the story.
Medication-First Approach to Treating Opioid Use Disorder Many studies show the effectiveness of medications over abstinence; primary care practices can provide treatment. By Doug Burgess, MD In the United States, drug overdoses, the majority of which are related to opiates, kill around 64,000 people every year.1 If current trends continue for the next five to six years, the number of drug overdose deaths in the 21st century will approach one million people. Present-day drug overdose deaths exceed those numbers seen during the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. However, unlike the HIV/AIDS epidemic, deaths related to drug overdose have not fallen, even though highly effective treatments exist (Fig. 1). In fact, recent data indicates that from 2016-2017, deaths related to drug overdose have increased by 22% over the previous year.
We asked our Leadership Council a few questions to get insights on their philosophy of practice and to learn a bit about their background. Here is our Q & A with Dr. Stefanie Ellison.
The Summer Social, an event hosted by the Kansas City Medical Society (KCMS), was held August 23rd at Boulevard Brewery’s Brewhouse Bar and featured Kansas City barbecue from Jack Stack. Guest included KCMS members, area resident physicians and medical students, and Missouri House Representative, Richard Brown. The event provided an opportunity for networking in a relaxed setting.
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Get ready to drink local beers, eat local food and meet local Physicians! Join us at Boulevard Brewing Company and enjoy beverages and appetizers on Wednesday, August 29th from 6-8pm.