At 7pm on November 14th at Duxbury High School, our own Dr. Walter Stanwood will presenting a discussion of opioid use and management after a screening of the 38 minute film “If Only”. The film tells the story of teens and prescription medication misuse. To introduce the film, Tony LaGreca will tell the story of his own experience following the loss of his son to opioids.
Misuse of prescription drugs means taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed; taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain; or taking a medication to feel euphoria (i.e., to get high).* The term nonmedical use of prescription drugs also refers to these categories of misuse.
After the film, Dr. Walter Stanwood will be discussing updates on prescribing practices for opioid medications as well as the creation of South Shore Hospital’s new Opioid Task Force. He will also be discussing the reduction and standardization of the amount of opioids prescribed to patients following surgery. Lastly, creating an outreach to facilitate the involvement of other medical specialties to improve communication between groups and help patients reduce their narcotic prescription habits.
Opioids include substances such as morphine, heroin, codeine, and oxycodone. These can be bought illegally or prescribed. The diagnosis of opioid use disorder is often based on criteria by the American Psychiatric Association. These include a preoccupation with a desire to obtain and take opioids, as well as using more than intended despite social and professional consequences due to these behaviors.
For more information about this event, featuring Dr. Walter Stanwood, go to www.duxburyfacts.org