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No Strong Evidence That Medical Marijuana Reduces Chronic Pain: Study

A large study from Australia found no strong evidence that medical marijuana eased the chronic non-cancer pain. The four-year study is among the longest in-depth analysis on opioid medication for chronic pain.

July 6, 2018

U.S. Hospitals Are Suffering From Shortage Of Opioid Painkillers Causing Delay With Surgeries

Since 2017, hospitals have been suffering from a shortage of opioid injections, which has caused doctors to ration the supplies they have. This has also led to higher medical expenses for patients.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 27, 2018

Researchers Discover More Than 70,000 People Have Died From Opioid Overdoes In The Past 17 Years

A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh discovered that over 70,000 drug-related deaths were due to opioid overdoses. The researchers of the study claim that these deaths were unaccounted for.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 27, 2018

Opioid Crisis: Children Below 6 Years Old Are Unintentionally Overdosing On Drug Called Buprenorphine

A recent study found that children as young as 5 years old are accidentally overdosing on a drug called buprenorphine. The drug, which is an opiate itself, was meant to treat opioid addiction among adults.

Medicine June 26, 2018

China Weighs In On US Opioid Overdose Crisis: Cut Demand To Stop Supply

China said that for the U.S. to address illegal shipments of fentanyl, it should first cut the demand from the Americans. The statement was issued after a year-long investigation found that fentanyl is being shipped from China.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Retail Stores Install Blue Lights In Restrooms To Try To Fight Back Against Opioid Epidemic

Retails store chains are participating in a field test for blue lights in their restrooms. The blue lights are being used to deter drug users from injecting themselves in the stalls, as part of the fight against the opioid crisis.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Here’s How Many Young People In The US Overdosed On Opioids In 2016

It’s no secret that the opioid crisis in the United States is worsening. But did you know how many young lives it claims every year? A new study looked into it and found devastating numbers.

Public Health June 3, 2018

More Drivers Killed From Fatal Car Crashes Are Testing Positive For Marijuana And Opioids

New statistics show that more fatal car crashes are being caused by drugs, marijuana, and opioids. A 2016 statistics showed that at least 44 percent of drivers who died in crashes had some trace of drug in their system.

May 31, 2018

Insys Sales Representative Admits Bribing Doctors To Prescribe Opioid Painkiller Subsys

Michelle Breitenbach said that Insys sales representatives promoted the Speakers Bureau Program to boost the sales of the drug Subsys. How were doctors rewarded for prescribing the fentanyl-based opioid painkiller?

Public Health May 31, 2018

Mussels In Puget Sound Test Positive For Opioids, Other Drugs: Should People Stop Eating The Shellfish?

Traces of the opioid painkiller oxycodone, as well as antidepressants, a potentially carcinogenic chemotherapy drug, and surfactants used in detergents, were detected in mussels in Puget Sound. Is it still safe to eat shellfish?

Public Health May 27, 2018

Fentanyl Bust In Nebraska Seizes 118 Pounds Of Opioid Drug Enough To Kill 26 Million People

More than $20 million worth of fentanyl drug were seized by the Nebraska State Patrol during a routine traffic stop. It was the largest fentanyl seizure in the history of Nebraska.

Public Health May 27, 2018

How Mussels In Seattle's Puget Sound Tested Positive For A 100-Year-Old Opioid

Mussels from the Puget Sound have tested positive for oxycodone, which is an opioid. Scientists believe that the water likely got contaminated from wastewater treatment plants.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 24, 2018

FDA Approves Lucemyra, The First Non-Opioid Drug For Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Up To 14 Days

The Food and Drug Administration approved of Lucemyra, a treatment for adults suffering from opioid withdrawal symptoms. It has been approved for patients to use up to 14 days.

Medicine May 16, 2018

Study Finds That Doctors Who Receive Perks From Drug Companies Prescribe 9 Percent More Opioids

A May 2018 study found that doctors who received more gifts from drug companies prescribed 9 percent more opioids to patients. The gifts included payments, speaking fees, and free meals.

Public Health May 14, 2018

Positive Drug Tests For Marijuana, Meth, And Cocaine Is At Its Highest In America, According To Quest Diagnostics

Since 2017, more American workers have tested positive for marijuana, meth, and cocaine. The rates for the usage of opiates has declined over the past 10 years.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 11, 2018

Authorities Issue Warning Against Loperamide Abuse After Imodium Overdose Kills Man In Illinois

Randolph County Sheriff’s Office issued a public service announcement warning every one of increased excessive consumption of Imodium, with an active ingredient Loperamide. The announcement came in the wake of a 23-year-old man's death from Imodium abuse in Illinois.

Public Health May 9, 2018

A New Report Shows That Thousands Of Suspected Overdoses In Connecticut Were Due To Opioids

According to new information collected from the Department of Public Health in Connecticut, thousands of suspected overdoses could be related to opioids. The information was gathered from the months of January to April of this year.

Public Health May 9, 2018

Walmart Restricts Opioid Prescriptions To A 7-Day Supply: Will Other Pharmacies Also Do This?

Walmart and Sam's Club announced plans to restrict opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply in 60 days. It will also use NarxCare, and will require e-prescriptions by 2020.

Public Health May 7, 2018

Synthetics Kill More People Than Prescription Opioids: What You Should Know About Fentanyl Overdose

The rate of fatalities due to fentanyl, a type of synthetic opioid, is higher compared to deaths due to prescription opioids. Deaths due to fentanyl overdose reached 46 percent in a data analysis published in the journal JAMA.

Public Health May 2, 2018

Synthetic Opioids Are Now The Leading Cause Of Overdose Deaths, Accounting For 45 Percent Of Them

A new study revealed that synthetic opioids account for more overdose deaths than prescription opioids. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is easier and quicker to produce than prescription fentanyl.

Public Health May 1, 2018

Maine Doctors Suggest That Medical Marijuana Could Be Used To Help Fight Addiction To Opioids

According to doctors in Maine, medical marijuana has helped treat several patient's addictions to opioids. Since 2016, nearly 66% of the deaths that were drug-overdose related were due to an overdose of opioids.

Medicine April 30, 2018

Experts Reveal What Causes Stiffness In Adults, Here Are Ways To Treat Back Pain Naturally

Managing back pain apparently should not require surgery, injection, or opioid. Several studies showed that cognitive behavioral therapies and simple exercises are more effective than medications and physical therapy.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 6, 2018

Dentists Voice Out Support For 7-Day Limit For Opioid Prescriptions

The American Dental Association becomes one of the first major health units to advocate support for statutory limits on opioid prescriptions. All dentists are encouraged to uphold new policies to curb America’s growing opioid crisis.

Medicine March 27, 2018

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

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