Washington State Supreme Court Rules Against Psychiatric Boarding

On August 7, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the practice known as “psychiatric boarding” violates the law. Psychiatric boarding refers to housing psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms until space becomes available at specialized treatment facilities.

Supreme Court Psychiatric Boarding Violates Law - PhysicianHealthProgramIn 2013, The Seattle Times reported that psychiatric boarding had become an epidemic in Washington, with more than double the number of patients involuntarily detained in emergency rooms in 2013 than in 2011. The Washington Supreme Court decision [Read more…]

New Opioid Painkiller From Oxy Maker Purdue Pharma Receives Approval

By Lee Johnson

Oxy Creater’s Abusive Resistant Drug Approved - PhysicianHealthProgramThe prescription drug abuse epidemic doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

There have been many suggested approaches to reducing the numbers of deaths from overdoses, but the fact remains that opioid (translation: narcotic) painkillers are always going to be open to abuse.

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The Inner Emptiness Of Addicts And How To Fill It

How To Fill The Inner Emptiness Of Addiction - PhysicianHealthProgramPeople who have never had a problem with addiction often find it hard to understand what makes addicts chase after drugs, alcohol or any other mind-altering substance. The disease of addiction starts long before the person picks up a drink or a drug. It starts with an inner emptiness that feels like it can’t be filled. [Read more…]

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