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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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