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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

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

Heart Disease Deaths Plunge But Drug Overdoses Rise: CDC

Latest figures from the CDC showed that deaths by drug overdose in the United States have risen by around 20 percent in 2016. What's behind the increase in death rate?

Public Health November 4, 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

Scientific Panel Seeks Harsher Strategy, Total Policy Overhaul To Solve Opioid Problem

An FDA-commissioned scientific panel recommends sweeping changes in doctors’ opiod prescription practices and health policy, in general, to stop the growing opioid epidemic in the United States. Here are the details on the new report.

Public Health July 14, 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

Opioid Prescriptions Have Dropped But Remain High: CDC

Opioid prescriptions in the United States have dropped 18 percent from 2010 to 2015 but they remain high overall, according to a new CDC report. Learn the opioid prescription trends that fuel a drug overdose epidemic in the country.

Public Health July 7, 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

New Fentanyl Strains Resistant To Opioid Overdose Antidote Narcan

Naloxone, more popularly known as Narcan, can help bring back people from overdose. Two new strains of highly potent fentanyl, acrylfentanyl, and tetrahydrofuran are likely resistant to this drug.

Public Health June 29, 2017

Oklahoma Doctor Charged With 5 Counts Of Murder After Prescribing High Amounts Of Opioids To Patients

The Oklahoma Attorney General has filed charges against a Midwest City doctor after several of her patients died because of opioid drug overdose. The victims had dangerously high toxicity levels as a result of taking multiple controlled substances.

Public Health June 24, 2017

Synthetic Opioids Found In Fake Prescription Pills

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released preliminary findings on fake Percocet pills that had caused four deaths across Central and South Georgia. The yellow pills contain a mixture of deadly drugs.

Public Health June 9, 2017

Drug Overdose Crisis In Georgia: What Are These Deadly Yellow Pills?

Police and health authorities warn the recent wave of drug overdose hospitalizations in Georgia is linked to counterfeit medication. The mysterious yellow pills sold on the streets are designed to mimic Percocet, a prescription opioid painkiller.

Public Health June 8, 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

Ohio Leads In Nation's Fatal Drug Overdoses With 4,000 Dead In 2016: Survey

The Columbus Dispatch's new survey has revealed more than 4,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in Ohio. Learn more about the opioid overdose epidemic in the state and the role of powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

Public Health May 29, 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

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

Oxymorphone Hydrochloride: Opioid Painkiller OPANA ER Has More Risks Than Benefits, Says FDA Panel

A panel of experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirms safety suspicions against oxymorphone hydrochloride, otherwise known as OPANA ER, which is a prescription opioid by Endo International Plc.

Medicine March 17, 2017

Drug Overdose Deaths Plague West Virginia, Deplete State Funding For Indigent Burials

Fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia have kept increasing and are nearly three times the national average. They are taking their toll on the state burial assistance program, which is facing a looming budget deficit.

Public Health March 8, 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

Grandma Charged After Baby Overdoses On Methadone

A grandmother in Maryland has been charged with child abuse and other raps when her 1-year-old grandson was rushed to the hospital for signs of poisoning. The incident was deemed a case of methadone overdose.

Medicine February 13, 2017

Kaleo Pharmaceuticals Questioned Over 550 Percent Price Hike Of Naloxone Injector Evzio For Opioid Overdose

The price of naloxone auto-injector Evzio has increased from $690 to $4,500. Senators questioned Kaleo Pharmaceuticals over the increase amid an opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.

Medicine February 10, 2017

10-Month-Old Massachusetts Baby Revived Twice After Being Exposed To Deadly Fentanyl

A 10-month-old baby girl had to be resuscitated by doctors twice after she had suddenly stopped breathing. It was later discovered that the child had ingested traces of the dangerous opiate fentanyl in her system.

Public Health January 3, 2017

Faulty Nasal Spray Device For Heroin Antidote Naloxone Voluntarily Recalled

The atomization device used to dispense naloxone to treat against drug overdoses was recalled by Teleflex after the company received complaints about the nasal spray's effectiveness.

Public Health November 9, 2016

Opioid Poisoning Among Children More Than Doubled In 16 Years: Study

An increasing number of children in the U.S. have fallen victim to painkiller poisoning over the past decade and a half, a new study says. Teenagers have been found to be the most vulnerable to deliberate opioid overdosing.

Public Health November 1, 2016

Police Release Video Of Mom Who Overdosed Beside 2-Year-Old In Dollar Store

A woman overdosed at a dollar store, much to the distress of her 2-year-old daughter, who tried her best to revive her mother. Police released a video of the incident to shed light on the opioid crisis sweeping the nation.

Public Health September 26, 2016

FDA Turns To Technology, Launches App Competition To Combat Opioid Overdose Epidemic

FDA announced a tech challenge called 2016 Naloxone App Competition to contain deaths caused by opioid overdose. Innovators are urged to develop an app to help overdosed individuals connect with people carrying the reversal drug naloxone.

Public Health September 21, 2016

Could Medical Marijuana Help Reduce Opioid Abuse?

Medical marijuana use on the rise in the United States, and it is getting to a point where it could replace some drugs. One such drug is opioid, as a new study shows that people who use marijuana instead of opioid, fair beter than those who do not.

Public Health September 16, 2016

Elephant Tranquilizer Carfentanil Blamed For At Least 8 Overdose Deaths In Ohio

Carfentanil, a drug used to sedate big animals such as elephants, is being blamed for overdose deaths in Ohio. Users may not even be aware they are taking the powerful synthetic opioid.

Public Health September 7, 2016

New Drug Relieves Pain Like Morphine But Does Not Cause Addiction, Other Side Effects Linked To Opioid Use

The compound PZM21 does not cause side effects associated with use of opioid painkillers. In a study on mice, the drug did not cause respiratory suppression, constipation or addictive behaviors.

Medicine August 17, 2016

Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Saving Lives But Critics Say Not Without Consequences

Naloxone saves lives by reversing opioid overdoses. Critics, however, are unconvinced it’s doing any good, seeing the drug as actually paving the way for worse addictions.

Public Health July 27, 2016

Ex-Prisoners Face Higher Risks Of Opioid Overdose Death

Ex-prisoners face higher risks of overdose-related deaths, particularly from opioids, in the period immediately following their release. Findings suggest there is a great need for human intervention including the improved access to naloxone, which blocks the effects of opioid drugs.

Medicine July 9, 2016

State Laws Have Little Effect On Opioid Overdose Among Disabled Workers: Study

Opioid-related state laws have little effect on misuse and overdose cases among disabled Medicare beneficiaries. Report findings suggest that laws passed between 2006 and 2012 failed to address the fundamental pain and isolation that lead many Americans toward opioid abuse.

Medicine June 27, 2016

Over Half Of Patients Prescribed With Opioid Painkillers Receive Extra, Many Share Them

Patients are getting more opioid painkillers than what they really need, a new study found. Many share their opioid medications with others and do not receive adequate information on how to properly store and dispose of them.

Medicine June 14, 2016

Car Crashes No Longer The Leading Cause Of Accidental Deaths In The US

Vehicular accidents are no longer the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Instead, a growing number of Americans die unintentionally because of drug overdoses.

Medicine June 12, 2016

Opioid, Heroin Overdose Antidotes Becoming Easier To Buy

Antidotes for opioid and heroin drug overdoses are easier to buy today compared with years ago. Almost every state has made it legal to buy them even without a prescription.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 7, 2016

Many Patients Continue To Take Prescription Opioid Painkiller Months After Hip, Knee Replacement

Some patients continue to use opioids months after a successful joint replacement surgery despite improvements in pain. What causes them to continue using prescription opioid painkillers?

Medicine June 4, 2016

Prince Died From Accidental Overdose Of Opioid Fentanyl, Toxicology Tests Reveal

Toxicology tests reveal that the iconic singer Prince died from an accidental overdose of opioid fentanyl, which is 25 to 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

Feature | Health June 3, 2016

Fatal Mix Of Drugs May Be Cause Of Prince's Death

Police suspect that a fatal mix of drugs may be the reason for singer Prince's death. Although the investigations are not yet finished, the authorities are particularly interested to see if combination medicines are present in his body.

Medicine May 19, 2016

US House Passes Opioid Legislation To Fight Prescription Drug Addiction

U.S. Congress passed a package of opioid legislation to address the addiction problem in the country. The White House, however, thinks the lack of necessary funding will make these bills amount to nothing.

Public Health May 13, 2016

Prince's Death Highlights Problems With Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone

Prince's death is said to highlight problems about opioid antidote naloxone. If authorities confirm that the pop star's cause of death is indeed opioid overdose, then it would spark a surge of frustrations among authors of naloxone access programs.

Public Health May 11, 2016

Search Warrant Identifies Doctor Who Prescribed Drugs To Prince

Search warrant after review of Prince's medical records involved Minnesota doctor who prescribed drugs to the singer. The doctor was said to have visited the singer twice, including on the day of the tragic death.

Life & Style May 11, 2016

OxyContin's 12-Hour Dosing May Up Drug Abuse Risk: How To Recognize And Prevent Opioid Addiction

Purdue Pharma's painkiller drug OxyContin has been tagged as one of the reasons for the increase in opioid abuse among Americans in recent years. Find out how you can avoid falling victim to the debilitating effects of opioid addiction.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 9, 2016

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