I'm a pharmacologist, freelance science and medicine writer, educator, and speaker with a passion for public understanding of science and medicine. I report on all things pharmaceutical and scientific from Durham, North Carolina, home of the Research Triangle Park.
Today's timely post is an updated version of a story I wrote back in 2007 at my Terra Sigillata blog on ScienceBlogs.com and modified here at Forbes on Halloween in 2012, the first month I wrote in this space, then updated further with what I've learned since. But this story is one that I have been teaching in my pharmacology classes since 1992 at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
My pharmaceutical irony meter exploded earlier this month when I learned that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared a nationwide shortage of many forms of injectable fentanyl citrate. This dosage form of the highly-potent opioid is often used for outpatient surgery and endoscopy procedures, such as colonoscopies. The irony owes to the concurrent, rampant distribution of fentanyl and its chemical relatives in the clandestine drug supply across the U.S. and Canada.
Earlier this month, federal grand juries issued indictments against two Chinese nationals and several Canadian and U.S. citizens in separate conspiracies to import and distribute ton quantities of illicit fentanyl and related opioids. These highly potent opioids are responsible for an estimated 20,000 U.S. overdose deaths and a majority of the nearly 2,500 opioid overdose deaths in Canada.
I drove 200+ miles to a Sears store that still had a Thanksgiving/Black Friday sale on a 22" Craftsman snowblower ($399, reg. $699). I know I chased away much of our last snow with this purchase but I'm like a giddy kid in anticipation of tomorrow. https://twitter.com/NWSRaleigh/status/953228672978378753
I was surprised yesterday--well, maybe bewildered--that many folks on my social media streams objected to others making Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. Day "political." We're at a crisis where compassion and equality are being written out of government policy. Hell, yeah, it's political. https://twitter.com/eveewing/status/952919993200594945
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