Prescription  |  Vol 11 Issue 3  | September 2016
From The Executive Director
Kevin Rich, Executive Director
Students are back in school, football games have started and cooler weather is coming.
As we approach the busy cough, cold and flu season, remember to stay healthy mentally and physically. If you find yourself struggling, reach out for help. OPHP is readily available. 

Self-reporting issues of mental health or chemical dependency ensures you are able to get well or get into recovery. If there are no legal issues or complaints, the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy does not get involved.

In this issue of "Prescription," Tom House of Partnership for Professional Wellness (PPW) wrote about being prepared for a drug test. Almost everyone will have to prepare for a drug test, possibly for employment or if you are in a monitoring program. Knowledge of expectations can take away your fear.

Also in this issue, Dr. Harold Clifton Urschel III, M.D., MMA, Chief Medical Strategist, Enterhealth, a treatment center based in Dallas, has contributed an article called
"Recognizing Addiction for What It Is: A Chronic Bain Disease,"  Dr. Urschel reveals the scope of the problem. I hope this article stimulates discussion and possible change to the approach of treating addiction and co-occurring issues. 

If you know a pharmacist or student pharmacist who is struggling, call the OPHP Help Line now. It is the best thing you could do for a family member, friend, colleague or yourself.
OPHP Helpline:
800-260-7574 x 5773 (statewide)
405-557-5773 (local)
The Utah Experience
The  The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) hosted the second annual Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies in June at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. OPHP Executive Director Kevin Rich attended along with two other pharmacists, six student pharmacists from Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy, and two student pharmacists form the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. 

The eight students and two pharmacists who attended agreed to anonymously share their reflections on the event. We've collected their impressions; click the link below to read more. 

CARXEBeing Prepared for a Drug Test 
Thomas R. House | Partnership for Professional Wellness

Random drug testing is an essential ingredient of an aftercare protocol for a medical professional wishing to return to practice, is a "fitness for duty" assessment. 

Abstaining from drugs is expected, as well as a plan to demonstrate 100 percent sobriety. It might seem obvious that a highly educated adult, forewarned, would take the necessary actions be prepared. 

But it's not that simple.

slipperyslRecognizing Addiction For What It Is: A Chronic Brain Disease
Harold Clifton Urschel III, M.D., MMA  |  Enterhealth

The Washington Post recently reported that the mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than a college education increased markedly between 1999 and 2013. That marks a sharp, and shocking, reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.

The culprits cited by the  study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was drugs, alcohol and suicide.

 
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