Friday, February 1, 2013

Emergency Room because of Buprenorphine

This article comes from an email I received from

I have not yet, evaluated this article using my critical thinking skills I learned by reading Critical Thinking About Research: Psychology and Related Professions, written by Dr. Julian Meltzoff  I highly recommended to advocates, patients and professionals who wants to improve their skills as consumers of research documents in psychology and related professions (i.e. social worker, counseling, psychiatric nurse, etc). 
This is not a book on research design or high level statistics. I consider it a book of concepts 
and ways of evaluating scientific documents.  I am alarmed by the little number of professionals that actually understand Evidence Based Treatment (which really means Scientific Researched modalities for validity and reliability.  Clinicians in mental health know next to nothing about science.  They sound like they do by throuhing around some statistics and using buzzwords and impressive language. But in close examination, I have come to realized they are actually in full of rubbish (to put it mildly).  Another book that open my eyes on this Evidence Based Treatment movement, which I see may clinicians holding it or taking it as if it was another fad. Which is actually how they now practice. Clinicians are currently practicing by fads and agreement not by evidence. The other book is "Whores of the Courts: Fraud of Psychiatric Testimony and the Rape of American Justice by Dr. Margaret A. Hagen. both books are not fad, but the a growing number of scientifically based well researched, cited and documented record of the practice of a health system going nuts. Ignoring not only the science they claim to practice but the critical Code of Ethics necessary for the welfare of their patients.
Clinicians are actually joyfully oblivious to the harm they are producing to substance use and mental health patients. Unfortunately it is not an exception, but a rule, the conditions are prevalent not only a few examples.

Please help me think about this article, and make some comments on what you read.

Emergency departments reported a significant rise in the number of visits related to the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine between 2005 and 2010, according to a new government report.