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Doctors Are Still Prescribing Opioid To Large Number Of Teens And Young Adults

Majority of opioid prescription among teenagers and young adults are given to treat dental disorders, new research has found. The findings cause serious alarm because young people are at high risk of drug misuse.

Public Health May 29, 2019

Insys Therapeutics Founder, Execs Found Guilty In Opioid Crisis Scheme

A Boston court has found Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor and four other executives guilty of racketeering conspiracy. The defendants allegedly paid doctors to prescribe the company's opioid painkiller and then lied to insurance companies about its use.

Public Health May 6, 2019

Opioid Medication Must Now Come With Prominent Warning Labels

Opioid painkillers in the United States will add a warning that highlights the risk of life-threatening addictions that come with taking the drug. In England and Wales, the rate of an opioid prescription rose by 60 percent in the past decade.

Medicine April 30, 2019

Children Are Also Dying From Accidental Opioid Poisoning

A report from Yale University researchers found that almost 9,000 children and teens died from opioid poisoning in the past 18 years. Majority of the deaths involving children were due to accidental ingestion of narcotics either a prescription or illegally procured.

Public Health December 29, 2018

Pennsylvania To Distribute Free Naloxone On Dec. 13 To Combat Opioid Overdoses

The government of Pennsylvania will be giving out free Naloxone in various locations in the state on Dec. 13. It is a part of the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Public Health December 8, 2018

Dark Web Sellers In UK Delisting Fentanyl To Avoid Police Attention

Fentanyl will be more difficult to acquire even from dealers in the dark web. Major sellers have delisted the synthetic opioid because they do not want to risk getting caught by the cops.

Medicine December 3, 2018

University Announces Professor Of Cannabis Science To Look Into Pot Use For Opioid Treatment

Can cannabis help people who are suffering from opioid use disorder? The University of British Columbia has assigned a pot professor to look into the use of cannabis to aid in the treatment of substance misuse.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 24, 2018

Obituary For Woman Who Died Of Opioid Addiction Goes Viral, Highlights Crisis

A woman's obituary went viral for its moving message about the opioid crisis. She leaves behind a young son, highlighting the devastating effects of the opioid crisis on the families of the affected.

Feature | Health October 21, 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

Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma and Sackler Family For OxyContin Profiteering Amid Opioid Crisis

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for misleading doctors into prescribing excess OxyContin. Eight members of the Sackler family, the owner of Purdue, were named in the complaint.

Public Health June 13, 2018

North Carolina Sues Pharmaceutical Company Insys Over Opioid Scheme

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

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

Zebrafish Willingly Work To Get Opioid Doses: Study

Researchers experimented on zebrafish to observe the science of drug addiction and withdrawal. The addicted fish voluntarily worked harder to gain access and self-administer opioids.

Animals August 26, 2017

Officers Taken To Hospital After Responding To Fentanyl Overdoses

A car crash related to drug overdose in Chelsea sent three police officers to the hospital after rescuing the casualties. Reports say fentanyl was involved.

Public Health August 6, 2017

Hundreds Of Medical Professionals Charged With Health Care-Related Scams

The federal government has concluded its largest takedown operation on health-related scams with hundreds of fraud charges. Doctors were accused of prescribing unnecessary opioids to patients and addicts.

Public Health July 15, 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

Cherokee Nation Files Lawsuit Against CVS, Other Pharmacies Over US Opioid Crisis

Cherokee Nation is suing pharmaceutical companies for not doing enough to prevent widespread circulation of prescription drugs. Lawsuit holds the companies and their pharmacists liable for the opioid crisis.

Medicine April 23, 2017

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