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
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
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
North Carolina has sued pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics Inc., accusing it of an illegal opioid scheme. Insys allegedly bribed doctors to prescribe cancer medicine Subsys, and tricked insurers into covering it.
Public Health December 22, 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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