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Fatal Overdoses from Synthetic Opioids Surpass Prescription Opioid Deaths

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reports that according to research from the National Vital Statistics System “overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like illicit fentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids” since 2016.   Study co-author Emily Einstein, a health science policy analyst at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said   We have been focused on the threat of prescription opioid overdose deaths, and this paper shows us that we need to remain vigilant about the ever shifting nature of the crisis.

Dr. Wilson Compton warned, 
We are seeing fentanyl being included in cocaine, we are seeing it included in methamphetamine, we are seeing it included in many classes of drugs sold on the street”  in fake pills and powders

CNN says a new report,also found that nearly 80% of deaths involving synthetic opioids also involved other drugs, including other opioids, cocaine, benzodiazepines, alcohol, and antidepressants, “suggesting ” either intentional drug mixing or contamination of other drugs with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that has a history and needs to be understood.  Great information is available at drugabuse.com

Oral Cancer Cause

 

Oral Cancer Cause is an interesting nonprofit which may be helpful to those in need.

The video below demonstrates an actual oral cancer screening and helps you understand what to expect.

oralcancercause.org

 
The Mission of Oral Cancer Cause, Inc is to improve the quality of life for oral cancer patients through financial support so that they may face the world with peace and dignity during and after medical treatment.

“Right to Try” What is it?

“I’m the ideal person to support “Right to Try”.  But I can’t- its a disaster in the making.”

Michael D. Becker, Oral Cancer Patient

My Cancer Journey by Michael Becker

Michael Becker is one person who is battling Oral Cancer everyday.  He has a site at mdbcancerjourney.com where he shares information and an ongoing blog about his journey.  I have found that reading through his blog and watching his videos has really put a face on the disease.   Share any of this information from our site NMOMS.com or Michael’s site mdbcancerjourney.com with friends and family.  You could save a life.

A Walk with Purpose by Michael Becker

Michael Becker’s Oral Cancer Journey and his drive to wipe out HPV.

Be Aware of Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Be aware and informed

We care about you 😀 

The most common symptoms of Oral Cancer include:

  • Swelling/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth.
  • The development of velvety white, red, or speckled ( white and red) patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Persistent sores on the face, neck,or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
  • A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
  • Ear pain
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Dramatic weight loss

Make an appointment with your doctor or dentist if you have any persistent signs and symptoms that bother you and last more than two weeks.  Your doctor will likely investigate other more common causes for your signs and symptoms first, such as an infection.