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New Prescription – Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville and University of North Florida (UNF) announced the development of a set of guidelines for treating chronic or recurrent pain Sept. 14. The announcement was made by NH Jacksonville’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Lynn Welling and Dr. Yank Coble, director of the of the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at UNF, at a press conference at UNF on behalf of the Quality Collaborative of Northeast Florida. The abuse of prescription pain medication has reached epidemic proportions in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Florida has the highest amount of prescription drug-related deaths in this country. While recent state legislation will help address the problem, the Quality Collaborative Patients First Initiative aims to address the abuse in emergency rooms throughout northeast Florida. More importantly, it means leaders in medical and surgical care are collaborating across the region to provide patients with the most suitable medication for their pain. The voluntary guidelines will assist ER physicians in adequately treating pain while minimizing the misuse or abuse of prescription medications across the region. NH Jacksonville will implement the guidelines in its emergency room Oct. 1 and the other Quality Collaborative organizations including Baptist Health, Duval County Health Department, Duval County Medical Society, Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent’s Healthcare and Shands Jacksonville are expected to do the


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Abuse. Overwork. Deplorable, unsanitary conditions. Drugs,” he said. "The only reason there's no shackles is because now they make the people submit to the cocaine. That's what they use to basically control the people.” Specifically, he found an …
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Growers, state, feds must stop abuse of farmworkers

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One such story involves LeRoy Smith, a drifter with a strong back whose drug addition was used to hold him at a labor camp in the small town of Hastings. The contractor who enlisted Smith had been in trouble for labor practices before but continues to …