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Stemming the Tide

The Opioid Epidemic

Drug Overdoses and Prescription Misuse
The Opioid Epidemic by the Numbers

130 people die from an overdose of an opioid every day in the United States. Death from overdoses reached a staggering 47,600 people in the United States in 2017 – to put that into perspective that’s a 130 people per day, or 1 person every 11 mins, and now in the top 10 causes of death in the United States. The problem has been getting worse with an increase in preventable opioid deaths of 26% in 2016 which is only overshadowed by the 544% increase we have seen since 1999.

The background and causes to the problem are varied but in many cases, the start of addiction begins with medically prescribed medication and far too frequently end tragically with death from overdose. With the rising incidence, the epidemic is having a wide impact with barely anyone left untouched.

Opioid Epidemic
Jim Kopetsky and his Parents

For some struck by tragedy, such as Ed Kopetsky, the CIO for Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Salter Packard’s Children’s Hospital, they have turned devastation into a drive to action. Ed sadly lost his son, Jim, to an overdose following a history of exposure to opioids that dated back to high school. Take a look at the video of two of the stories from CHIME members here.

“If we can save just one more person from that addict path by speaking up and using our voices and using the power of CHIME and the power of the people all united to try to change, I think we will make a difference”

Together with his colleagues and friends from CHIME they formed the CHIME Opioid Task Force. Their mission is to harness the unique insights and assets of their healthcare leaders and institutions to make a real difference to address the crisis. They are united in their goal of combatting the increasing addiction and growing mortality of the Opioid Crisis by raising awareness, publicizing leading healthcare practices, providing data for medical research, policy advocacy and leveraging our leadership talent in unique and powerful ways.

NTT DATA Give Back

NTT DATA has a long history of giving back to worthy causes and this year at HIMSS19 as joined forces with The CHIME Opioid Task Force, DisposeRx (who offers a unique and safe method for disposal of unused or expired medications) and Luster Mosaics to create a mosaics picture from individual user-contributed pictures posted on Twitter and Instagram.

For every post using the hashtag #NTTDWhyICare NTT DATA is donating $5 (up to 15,000) to the CHIME Opioid Task Force and will use the pictures to create a unique mosaic image live on the show floor. To get involved, simply snap a shot, post it to Instagram or Twitter using #NTTDWhyICare with a statement about why you care.

You can click here to create a tweet with the correct hashtag

Or this link:

Join in at HIMSS 2019

Stop by booth #3301 at HIMSS19 in Orlando to see the mosaic as it gets put together and see if you can find your picture. While you are there, pick up a DisposeRx packet and see how easy and effective it is to safely dispose of any medication in your home.

Come join us for a reception on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:00 pm EST at the NTT DATA HIMSS19 booth #3301 as NTT DATA and DisposeRx present a check and reveal the completed hashtag-driven social media mosaic art to the CHIME Opioid Task Force.

If you’d like to donate directly to the CHIME Opioid Task Force, you can do so here


Stemming the Tide was originally published on Dr Nick – The Incrementalist


Happy Birthday to my Best Friend

Posted in Inspiration, Kenya, life by drnic on April 19, 2017


I married my best friend and today is her birthday. This post: If You Want To Be Successful, Marry Your Best Friend detailed exactly why.

In this world of individualized culture that focuses on independence and self-reliance I am happy to say I am not. We are one and success and failure is our success and failure. We are programmed to have relationships and to belong — for those of you skeptical or feeling like you need independence you might just be suffering from the “dependency paradox”. I give up nothing and gain everything.

people who are more dependent on their partners for support actually experience more independence and autonomy, not less

This is what I would term “Healthy Dependency” and something that contrary to some viewpoints that see this as a negative quality in a relationship it is not but rather makes me a better person, stronger and more independent, successful and happier. I depend on her — we share the ups and downs of life and travel this journey called life together

Happiness is an experience best shared and I am lucky to be sharing this with my best friend and wife

Palazzo Vecchio with Uffizi in the Background

“The need for someone to share our lives with is part of our genetic makeup and has nothing to do with how much we love ourselves or how fulfilled we feel on our own. Once we choose someone special, powerful and often uncontrollable forces come into play. New patterns of behavior kick in regardless of how independent we are and despite our conscious wills.”

I love traveling this road with you and wish you a very Happy Birthday — We are One

Or the African version from this African boy

Happy Birthday to my Best Friend was originally published on Dr Nick – The Incrementalist

Happiness is Contagious

Posted in Healthcare Information by drnic on December 5, 2008

Latest research published in the BMJ yesterday (Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study) proves that happiness is contagious and spreads from people to others around them

relationship between people’s happiness extends up to three degrees of separation (for example, to the friends of one’s friends’ friends)

So surround yourself by happy people and be a happy person – this is in social networks and not seen with coworkers. The “silver lining” is that unhappiness is not as contagious and has a weaker effect….

Happiness clustering and linkages represented graphically (or download as a ppt):

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