Month: February 2021

A Quick Comment on the Impact of Opioids on the Environment

By Steve Dechan  In 2021, it is widely accepted that the Earth is facing an environmental emergency. Sea levels are rising, land and ocean temperature records are being broken, carbon dioxide levels are at an all-time high and people generally feel they have the causes figured out. However, one aspect of environmental degradation that has …

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My Musings on Use of Opioids for Pain Management in the UK

By Steve Dechan What are opioids? If you search for the word, google will tell you that ‘Opioids are a broad group of pain-relieving drugs’. They work by attaching to receptors found on cells in different parts of the body. This stops the receptors transmitting messages signalling pain through the central nervous system to the brain.  …

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Steve Dechan’s P14 moves to improve pain management in the UK

By Steve Dechan Chronic pain is something I’ve always cared deeply about. I’ve known people who have suffered, often alone, in the knowledge that the NHS simply can’t care for them. Faced with a choice of waiting it out for years to see a pain specialist the choice for patients is often the consistent use …

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