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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wants to cautions US Doctors to the dangers of Opioids

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In the next few days, every doctor in the United States will be receiving this letter, from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

It marks the first time since the position’s inception America’s top doctor has reached out to all physicians.

But Murthy is sending the letters for an extremely urgent reason: Americans are dying each year by the tens of thousands from overdoses of prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin.

“I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic,” Murthy wrote.

In the letter, Murthy empathizes with those doctors who are simply seeking to help their ailing patients.

“It is important to recognize that we arrived at this place on a path paved with good intentions,” he wrote.

But at the same time, he explains those same good intentions have regressed into something far worse.

For a 15-year period between 1999 and 2014, more than 165,000 people in the U.S. died from overdoses that were related to opioid pain medications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While some of those perished bought their drugs on the street illegally, several others did not. In 2012, healthcare providers around the nation wrote 259 million prescriptions for such medication — the same amount would equate to enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle.

“The results have been devastating,” Murthy wrote.

He told doctors he was inspired to write the letter after touring the nation and learning that despite widespread media attention to the opioid overdose epidemic, many doctors still didn’t realize how dangerous the drugs could be.

He said even a friend of his didn’t know.

“I was having dinner with him and I said, ‘Can you believe that we were taught that these opioid medications weren’t addictive in our training?’ ” Murthy told a group at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado in June.
 
“And he put down his fork and he looked up at me and he said, ‘Wait, you mean they are addictive?’ ” Murthy added.

As many other doctors would have, his friend, a cardiologist in Florida, learned in medical school and in residency that opioids weren’t addictive as long as a patient was truly in pain, Murthy said.

“He’s trained at some of the best institutions in the country. He’s one of the most compassionate doctors that you’ll ever meet,” he said.

 “Many clinicians have told me they weren’t aware of just how bad the problem had gotten,” Murthy said. “Many were not aware of the connection between the epidemic and prescribing habits.”

Essentially to retrain physicians, Murthy included in his mailing a card with tips for prescribing opioids. The card instructs physicians that they should try other pain relief approaches, such as physical therapy or nonaddictive medications, with most patients before prescribing opioids.

If they do choose to prescribe opioids, he instructs them to “start low and go slow” — meaning to prescribe the lowest dose for the shortest duration of time.

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Indian PM Modi to address the United Nations in September

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session on September 28th. He is also expected to attend a multitude of high-level summits while in New York. He will also speak at a diaspora event in Houston on September 22nd.

India and the U.S. are “very close” to resolving all their trade-related differences, with Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal planning to meet the U.S. Trade Representative in the next month.

India is the only major Asian economy that’s grown its export share since the start of the tariff wars in 2018. It’s also the one with the fewest trade links to China.

As opioid epidemic spreads globally, the Savera Medical Centre in Edmonton, Canada is perhaps the first clinic to focus on treating South Asians affected by opioids

And in a story but you’ve got to see to believe, there were more than students attending class at IIT Bombay. This cow wanted to in on some of the technical training.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Communities around the nation are gathering to take in firework spectacles to commemorate America’s independence this fourth of July. The biggest celebration of them all will take in Washington DC, where with much controversy, U.S. Army tanks and other military hardware will be incorporated at the behest of President Trump.

Protests were held in various parts of India following the lynching of a Muslim man suspected of stealing a motorcycle by a Hindu mob in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. The beating went on for more than 12 hours, with the crowd forcing him to chant praises to Hindu gods.

Every year, a mysterious disease lingers around the eastern Indian city of Muzaffarpur, killing poor children under the age of 10 seemingly at random. Researchers continue to be baffled by it.

Cable channel Bravo has greenlighted ‘Indian-ish’, which they say will be a comedic docuseries, following families from India who have relocated to America.

And there’s a new wax statue of actress Priyanka Chopra getting attention, styled to match her appearance at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US calls out China for protecting Masood Azhar

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticized China for “shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims,’’

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticized China for “shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims,’’ referencing China’s treatment of Muslims within its borders, while blocking India’s proposal at the UN to sanction Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar over the Pulwama attack.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is making the rounds in Washington meeting political leaders that include Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla and President Trump. The President tweeted Pichai told him Google is totally committed to the US military, days after he accused the tech giant of helping China and its army. Trump added the meeting went well, and the two discussed everything from political fairness to things Google can do for the U.S.

In San Jose, Dr. Venkat Aachi pleaded guilty to health care fraud and for distributing opioids outside of his medical practice. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and fines in excess of $1,000,000.

A new $20 million charter high school named after cardiologist and philanthropist Dr. Kiran C. Patel will open this August in a Tampa Bay suburb. It will start with 300 students in 9th and 10 and offer a project-based curriculum. Enrollment is being done by lottery.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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