opioids and COVID

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Opioid-Related Deaths

  The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has forced states across the US to implement lockdown measures. As a result, authorities have reported increased cases of opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Although there is no precise estimate as to how many individuals have overdosed on opioids this year, there is an expectation that the figure will surpass …

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Opioid Deaths Nationwide: WTOP Radio 103.5 FM Interview

Dr. Christo visited WTOP Radio 103.5 FM in Washington D.C. to discuss the topic of opioid deaths nationwide. Are the deaths related to COVID? Are we improving our opioid death rate as a country? Listen below for the 2 part series! Part 1 Part 2

Is Telehealth Effective for Treating Chronic Pain?

Telehealth or telemedicine refers to the various ways healthcare professionals can provide their services to people through telecommunication and other technologies. With regards to pain treatment, perhaps the most impressive application of telehealth right now is the use of virtual reality (VR) to distract burn patients when they are having their wounds cleaned as well …

Life On Planet Earth: Podcast Featuring Dr. Paul Christo

DR. PAUL CHRISTO: Pain management expert on another pandemic admidst COVID 19, a suspected surge in opioid overdoses. Dr. Christo of Johns Hopkins University, hosts Aches and Gains on SIRIUS XM Radio. Life on Planet Earth Listen on Apple Podcasts  Opioid related deaths in the United States have been on the rise since the COVID 19 …

COVID-19 Increases Risk of Overdose

WATCH RECORDING ON NEWS WATCH 12 COVID-19 joined a crowded field of American public health crises. The unprecedented stress, changes, and uncertainty appear to be making those other problems worse. Especially when it comes to overdoses. The CDC released new data showing 2019 had an uptick in overdose fatalities. About half of those were due …

Opioids May be Appropriate for Chronic Pain

Opioid May be Appropriate for Chronic Pain (Christo – J Law Med Ethics – July 2020) Read the article published by Dr. Christo in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics in favor of using opioids with chronic pain patients when necessary.

Kelly Preston died on July 12 following a two-year battle with breast cancer

Kelly Preston Dies of Breast Cancer at 57: ‘She Was a Bright, Beautiful and Loving Soul’ “On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer,” a family representative tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical …

Too Early to Link COVID-19 to Spike in Opioid-Related Deaths, Health Officials Say

It is unlikely that the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for the increase in opioid-related deaths that occurred in Maryland during the first quarter of this year, according to a former secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. From Jan. 1 to March 31, 561 people in Maryland died of opioid-related deaths, according to data …

COVID-19 and NSAIDS: A Narrative Review of Knowns and Unknowns

Abstract Concern about the appropriate role of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in COVID-19 speculate that NSAIDs, in particular ibuprofen, may upregulate the entry point for the virus, the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) 2 receptors and increase susceptibility to the virus or worsen symptoms in existing disease. Adverse outcomes with COVID-19 have been linked to cytokine storm but …

How to Avoid Back Pain While Sitting at the Office

Our bodies were meant to be in an active state the majority of the time. As humans have evolved, we have found easier ways to complete everyday tasks using technology. Although these advancements have created easier and more efficient ways of doing things, they also encourage us to move around less. With this in mind, …