Tag: opioid

For Doctors, More Opioid Prescriptions Mean Bigger Payouts, Says Harvard Analysis

A new analysis by CNN and Harvard researchers reveal a startling medical practice that brings legal and ethical questions. It appears doctors who prescribe more opioids receive more money from opioid manufacturers.

Medicine March 13, 2018

People Are So Addicted To Opioids But They’re Not Even Better Than Painkillers, Says New Study

America’s opioid crisis is worsening at a point where health officials are encouraged to prescribe them only as a last resort. Well, it turns out painkillers may just be enough.

Medicine March 8, 2018

Opioid Overdose Among Children Nearly Doubles, DOJ Creates Task Force

The Department of Justice announced the creation of a task force to combat the prescription of opioid drugs. A recent study showed that pediatric admissions for opioid overdose and poisoning among children nearly doubled in 20 years.

Medicine March 6, 2018

Lawsuit Seeks Money To Cover Treatment Of Babies Born Addicted To Opioids

A medical-legal team filed the first lawsuit in the United States that aims to protect children born with NAS. The suit was filed to several drug makers and distributors, which include Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson.

Public Health February 28, 2018

The FDA Is Taking Steps To Combat Opioid Addiction, Plans Expanded Access To Medication-Assisted Therapy

New Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar has vowed to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addicts. He also announced that the FDA will issue two new guidances to combat America’s opioid crisis.

Medicine February 27, 2018

FDA Recalls And Razes Products With Opioid Kratom Linked To Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA is not batting an eye after discovering kratom as the culprit behind this recent Salmonella outbreak. For public protection, products with the opioid substitute are now being recalled and destroyed.

Public Health February 25, 2018

Swimming In Cold Water Could Be An Alternative To Pain Killers And Physiotherapy For Pain Relief

A man said that his post-operative pain disappeared after an open water swimming. Can pain sufferers now ditch taking strong medications and physiotherapy for swimming in cold water?

Public Health February 13, 2018

Oxycontin Maker Purdue Pharma To Stop Agressive Marketing Of Opioids

Purdue Pharma announced that it has reduced its sales force with its decision to stop promoting its blockbuster drug Oxycontin to doctors. Will this have a significant impact on the opioid epidemic?

Medicine February 11, 2018

Regular Use Of Herbal Supplement Kratom May Lead To Drug Dependence

A 2014 study showed that half of those who regularly used kratom for six months developed kratom dependency. Besides addiction, here are other potential side effects of using the herbal supplement.

Public Health February 9, 2018

Some People Are Using Diarrhea Meds To Get High, And The FDA Is Concerned

Individuals are abusing loperamide, an over-the-counter anti-diarrhea drug, by ingesting as much as 400 pills a day. Some patients say it can provide the same high feeling heroin and morphine can.

Public Health February 3, 2018

FDA Shifts Aim At Loperamide Packaging In War Against Opioid Abuse

As part of its efforts to alleviate the opioid epidemic, the FDA imposed new regulations on loperamide packaging. New blister packs should be smaller, with enough dosage only for short-term treatment.

Public Health February 2, 2018

Drug Distributors Flooded Small West Virginia Town With 20.8 Million Opioid Painkillers

In just 10 years, two drug wholesalers has sent more than 20 million painkillers to a town in West Virginia, which only has 2,900 population. Other small towns also received excessive number of prescription painkillers.

Public Health January 31, 2018

Two Men Sent To Prison For Having Enough Fentanyl To Kill Everyone In New York City And New Jersey

Two men were sentenced to prison for possession of heroin and fentanyl, with intent to distribute the drugs. Police seized from them 45 kilograms of fentanyl, which contained over 18 million lethal doses of the powerful opioid.

Public Health January 30, 2018

Philadelphia Officials Approve Safe Injection Sites To Alleviate Opioid Crisis

Philadelphia shook the entire country with its recent announcement. With a rising number of deaths due to opioid addiction, city officials proposed establishment of a facility that offers both clean needles and recovery.

Public Health January 25, 2018

US Life Expectancy Drops Amid Surge In Opioid Deaths

A surge in opioid deaths is dropping the life expectancy rate in the United States. Know why the trend is a matter of concern for the nation.

Public Health December 21, 2017

Montana Sues OxyContin Manufacturer Purdue Over Its Contribution To The Opioid Crisis

Pharma Purdue, the drugmaker behind OxyContin, marketed its medication so aggressively that it contributed to the opioid crisis. That’s according to a new lawsuit by the state of Montana.

Public Health December 6, 2017

FDA Gives Green Light To Monthly Injection For Opioid Addiction

The FDA gave its approval to a once-a-month injectable treatment for patients recovering from opioid addiction. What's the monthly cost of Suboxone and what are its side effects?

Medicine December 2, 2017

Kentucky Sues Drug Company Endo For Opioid Epidemic

Andy Beshear, the attorney general of Kentucky, is filing a lawsuit against Endo International PLC for allegedly deceiving people - through its marketing practices - about the safety of its product, Opana ER.

Medicine November 8, 2017

Doctor Loses Medical License Because Of Lax Computer Skills

An elderly physician lost her medical licence due to lack of computer skills, which is mandatory in New Hampshire to access its electronic drug monitoring program. The doctor has appeared in court in an effort to get reinstated.

November 6, 2017

Opioid Crisis: Georgia Mourns Death Of Two Friends On Same Day And Just Half A Mile Apart

Two teenagers died of fentanyl overdose in Georgia. The pair, who were friends, had reportedly bought the opioids from the same dealer.

October 30, 2017

CVS Health To Limit Opioid Prescriptions To 7 Days

CVS Health is taking part in the war against the worsening opioid abuse epidemic in the United States. The drugstore chain revealed it will only allow seven-day supplies of opioids for certain prescriptions.

Public Health September 23, 2017

Wife Of Marine Vet Who Died From Fentanyl Overdose Wants To Know How Husband Obtained Opioid Drug

Retired Marine Lance Cpl. Hank Brandon Lee's death certificate says he died from fentanyl overdose but how did this happen? How was he able to obtain the powerful opioid painkiller while under VA's watch?

Feature | Health August 7, 2017

Ohio Sheriff Refuses To Equip Police With Opioid Overdose Antidote Narcan

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says there is no law that requires police officers to carry Narcan. Here are his reasons why he does not want deputies to carry the opioid antidote.

Public Health July 10, 2017

Endo Pulls Opioid Opana ER From The Market After FDA Request

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that they will voluntarily be removing Opana ER from the market as per the FDA's request. Despite this move, the company still believes in Opana ER's safety and efficacy.

Medicine July 8, 2017

Ohio City Proposal For Opioid Abuse: No One Will Help On Third Drug Overdose Call

Responding to drug overdose calls costs money and other resources. A councilman in Middletown City in Ohio proposed a controversial solution for drug addicts who keep overdosing opioids.

Public Health June 30, 2017

Fentanyl Spill At Police Station Prompts Changes To Drug Evidence Repackaging Procedures

Two people were transporting drug evidence when fentanyl leaked through a box. The incident became a hazmat situation and prompted GBI's Crime Lab to modify current procedures for repackaging and returning drug evidence.

Public Health June 30, 2017

Librarians Learn To Use Narcan As Libraries See Increase In Drug Addicts Who Overdose On Opioids

The opioid epidemic in the United States have become so bad, librarian in at least three cities now learn how to treat drug addicts who overdose with Narcan. One librarian has saved at least six people since April.

Public Health June 25, 2017

'Fraud, Deception' Led To Opioid Crisis In Missouri, Says Attorney General

Missouri has accused three pharmaceutical companies of putting up a "deliberate campaign" of fraud and deception that led to the current opioid crisis. On Wednesday, June 21, the state's attorney general filed a lawsuit against these companies.

Public Health June 21, 2017

US Opioid Epidemic Poses Potentially Deadly Threats To First Responders

Police officers and paramedics face potentially deadly threats when responding to drug overdose incidents. They still face these threats even when they observe safety precautions such as wearing gloves and masks.

Public Health June 8, 2017

How Did The US Opioid Epidemic Start? Study Points To A 1980 Doctor's Letter On Painkiller Addiction

Researchers suggest the U.S. opioid epidemic may have started with a 100-word letter, published in 1980 in a medical journal. The brief note tackled the addiction risk of opioid painkillers in certain conditions and was blatantly misquoted in the scientific literature.

Public Health June 1, 2017

Spirit Airlines Pilot And Wife Died From Overdose After Ingesting Cocaine With Elephant Tranquilizer

Overdose from cocaine and carfentanil, a drug so powerful it is used to sedate elephants, killed a pilot and his wife in Ohio. The fatal accident occurred a week after the Spirit Airlines pilot's last flight.

Public Health May 31, 2017

Opioid And Drug Theft Rampant At Veterans Affairs Hospitals: Report

Veteran Affairs hospitals have more cases of opioid and drug theft than private hospitals. Doctors and other employees in VA medical centers and clinics are suspected to be behind the missing drugs.

Public Health May 30, 2017

Drug Counselors At Addiction Facility Found Dead After Overdosing On Opioids

Residents in recovery at an addiction facility in West Brandywine, Chester County, found their two counselors dead after they overdosed on opioid drugs. Police discovered used needles and heroin laced with fentanyl near the bodies.

Public Health May 25, 2017

‘Gray Death’ Explained: How Dangerous Mix Is Changing The Face Of America’s Opioid Epidemic

What is gray death? Find out what it is, why experts call it one of the scariest opioid combinations ever seen in almost 20 years, and what it means for the worsening opioid epidemic in the country.

Public Health May 8, 2017

At 91 Overdose Deaths A Day, Opioid Epidemic May Still Be Underestimated: CDC Report

A new CDC report has warned that the total number of opioid-related deaths may still be underestimated and a few cases may be missed. Find out more from the example of Minnesota drug overdoses.

Public Health April 25, 2017

FDA Warns Use Of Kids Cough Syrup And Pain Meds That Contain Codeine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against the use of drugs containing codeine in children under the age of 12. Here’s why.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Next Blockbuster Painkiller Could Be Inspired By Opioid-Like Venom Of Aquarium Fish

The tropical aquarium fish called fang blenny injects predators with opioid peptides that act like heroine or morphine. What makes this venom ideal for the development of new painkillers?

Animals April 3, 2017

Tropical Fish Injects Heroin-Like Venom To Disable Predators

A new study has revealed tiny tropical fish fang blennies as having a unique way of repulsing predators by injecting them with heroin-like venom. The study said the big fangs that deliver venom could have evolved earlier.

Animals March 31, 2017

Children Age 5 And Below Get Exposed To Opioids: How To Keep Kids Away From Prescription Drugs

Sixty percent of young people exposed to opioids are children 5 years old and below. What can parents do to protect their children from the dangers of prescription drugs?

Medicine March 21, 2017

Opioid Addiction Can Start As Early As 5 Days Of Use, According To Study

A new report by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that a few days on opioid drugs are enough to trigger opioid dependence among Americans.

Public Health March 18, 2017

Fentanyl Analogue And Chemical Ingredients Make It To UN’s List Of International Controlled Substances

The United Nations has put chemical ingredients used in the production of the illicit drug fentanyl and a similar substance under its international watch list. What does it mean for America’s drug abuse crisis?

Public Health March 17, 2017

Opioid Abuse Linked To Emotional Abuse During Childhood: Study

In a new study, emotional abuse appeared to be more strongly tied to opioid addiction than physical and sexual abuse as well as other forms of maltreatment. The authors call for a more integrated treatment of opioid abuse.

Public Health March 17, 2017

1 In 4 Drug Overdoses In The US Is Related To Heroin

Latest figures from the CDC showed that 25 percent of drug overdoses in the U.S. are related to heroin. What's behind the rising use of this opioid drug in the country?

Public Health February 26, 2017

Drug Overdose Deaths On The Rise In US, Mortality Rate Rose Twice Since 1999

A new report has been released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report suggests that the U.S. has seen a tremendous increase in the death rates due to drug overdose since 1999.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 25, 2017

Doctors' Frequent Opioid Prescriptions Linked To Long-Term Use In Patients: Study

A new study suggests the frequency of opioid prescriptions by doctors is linked to higher chances of long-term opioid use in patients. Researchers say much stricter guidelines on opioid prescriptions are needed.

Medicine February 16, 2017

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