Stay Smart and Safe. Call for help.

Author Archives: drlori

Alabama’s Physicians Want You to Have a Smart & Safe Summer

MONTGOMERY — It is the time of the year for family vacations, spending quality time together swimming, hiking, skiing and boating. However, the perfect day outside can lead to accidents and injuries. That is why Alabama’s physicians and professional community would like […]

Read More

Alabama Could Receive up to $14 Million to Fight Opioid Use Disorders

As Congress continues debating legislation related to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, the White House released the estimated amount of funding each state could qualify for under the new cooperative agreements proposed in President Obama’s budget to expand access […]

Read More

New Law Expands Access to Naloxone to Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

A newly enacted law expands access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse some opioid overdoses in certain emergency situations. The law authorizes State Health Officer Dr. Tom Miller to sign a standing order to allow Alabama’s pharmacists to dispense […]

Read More

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in 20 Years

WASHINGTON — After years of relentless growth, the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States is finally falling, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996.
For much of the past two decades, doctors were writing so […]

Read More

Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs At Middle Age

Imagine you’re in your 50s. You injured your shoulder a while back and it just hasn’t gotten better. You take prescription painkillers — an opioid like OxyContin — to help with the pain. Let’s say you’ve been taking it for […]

Read More

Opioid Epidemic Fueling Hospitalizations, Hospital Costs

Every day, headlines detail the casualties of the nation’s surge in heroin and prescription painkiller abuse: the funerals, the broken families and the patients cycling in and out of treatment. Now, a new study sheds light on another repercussion — […]

Read More

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 30

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will hold its Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30, in an effort to stop drug abuse and potentially harmful contaminants from entering local water systems.
To find a location where you can return […]

Read More

Obama Proposes $1.1B for Prescription Opioid Abuse Treatment

Did you know that more Americans die each year from opioid drug overdoses than car crashes? That, according to White House officials, is just one reason why President Obama is seeking an additional $1.1 billion in funding in the 2017 […]

Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse Initiative Aims to Save Lives

One-in-four Americans has a direct personal link to prescription drug abuse, recent studies indicate, while most first-time abusers get their drugs from a family member or friend, and Alabama is no different.
In order to combat this growing problem, the Medical […]

Read More
Post Image

Public Service Annoucements

Auburn University team physician Dr. Mike Goodlett and University of Alabama team physician Dr. Jimmy Robinson discuss the importance of Smart & Safe. Who better to understand the importance of encouraging smart and safe prescription use, storage and disposal of medication than […]

Read More