OPINION: Pharmaceutical fraud drives the opioid crisis

By Jayme Hykes*

In 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimated 2 million people in the United States suffered from “substance use disorder” related to prescribed pain relievers. Pharmaceutical companies introduced opioids to healthcare providers in the 1990s claiming they were nonaddictive. Since then, opioid addiction has become a well-known epidemic and has taken thousands of Americans’ lives. The problem is twofold: pharmaceutical fraud is relative to opioid distribution, and corrective action for those addicted is lacking. It is time for the United States to take action to stop the cycle of white-collar crimes in pharmaceutical corporations. Continue reading “OPINION: Pharmaceutical fraud drives the opioid crisis”

OPINION: Volunteering benefits more than those you serve

By Danielle Stuart*

Activities are psychologically important for long-term care patients for many reasons. Activities have the ability to prevent social isolation, decrease depression, engage memory, provide purpose, and bring structure to their days. When depression hits residents it often results in a lack of engaging in activities that they enjoy. Continue reading “OPINION: Volunteering benefits more than those you serve”