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Tag: Opioid Epidemic

US Drug Overdose Cases Fell In 2018: CDC

Preliminary figures from the CDC reveal that fatal overdose cases in the United States has dropped to 68,500 in 2018 from 72,000 in 2017. This translates to a 5 percent drop in overall overdose death cases nationwide.

Public Health July 18, 2019

Cannabis-Derived CBD May Help Treat Heroin Addiction: Study

The CBD, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, already provides relief for a slew of health conditions. Now, it's showing promise in helping curb cravings and anxiety of heroin-addicted individuals.

Public Health May 21, 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

Generic Anti-Overdose Nasal Spray Gets FDA Approval

The first generic naloxone nasal spray has been approved by the FDA. The move is a response to the increasing number of people who have died due to opioid overdose in the United States.

Public Health April 20, 2019

Hy-Vee Pharmacies Change Policies To Help Stop Opioid Abuse

Hy-Vee pharmacies changed prescription policies to help combat the national opioid epidemic in the United States. According to the CDC, more than 47,000 deaths in 2017 werer related to opioid abuse, the highest number ever recorded in a given year.

Public Health January 6, 2019

Newborn Child Of Mother Who Drank Kratom While Pregnant Treated For Withdrawal: Report

A newborn had to undergo withdrawal treatment after his mother drank kratom during her pregnancy. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. says that this case is not unique.

Public Health November 9, 2018

FDA Approves New Opioid Despite Concerns Over Abuse And Misuse

The FDA just approved a powerful new opioid despite criticisms and concerns over its potential to contribute to the opioid crisis. Why was Dsuvia approved?

Medicine November 3, 2018

Pharmacist Admits To Filling Fake Opioid Prescriptions For Sexual Favors

A pharmacist in Maryland admitted to filling out fake opioid prescriptions for three women in exchange for sexual favors. When one woman rejected his advances, he called the doctors to report the fraud.

Public Health August 26, 2018

FDA Warns Veterinarians Of Pet Owners Potentially Using Animals To Get Opioid Prescription

The FDA is fighting on all fronts when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Veterinarians are called to partner with the agency in fighting the public health crisis.

Public Health August 16, 2018

Pet Owners May Be Harming Pets On Purpose For Opioid Prescriptions: Study

Are people bringing their pets to veterinarians in hopes of opioid prescriptions? A new study finds that even veterinary clinics are not immune from the opioid epidemic.

Public Health August 12, 2018

Number Of Pregnant Women With Opioid Use Disorder Quadrupled In 15 Years

More and more pregnant women are being affected by the ongoing opioid epidemic in the country. Even the infants are affected, and some of them even experiencing withdrawal symptoms after birth.

Public Health August 11, 2018

Unapproved Antidepressant Is Causing Opioid-Like Symptoms, Raises Drug Abuse And Misuse Concerns

Tianeptine is considered an effective antidepressant drug that can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, its toxicity and opioid-mimicking characteristics make it a potential public health risk.

Public Health August 4, 2018

Opioid Epidemic Affects Working Dogs: Drug-Sniffing K-9s Overdosing During Searches

The ongoing opioid epidemic affects many people, but it also affects working dogs during routine searches. Several K-9s have already overdosed on opioids, but there's not enough access to the care required in such cases.

Public Health June 16, 2018

Opioid Overdose Medication Naloxone Recalled Due To Presence Of Particulate Matter

Naloxone, the drug that can reverse the results of an opioid overdose, has been recalled by its maker. The drug is being recalled due to the presence of a particulate matter.

Public Health June 5, 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

Purdue Pharma Knew Oxycontin Was Being Abused Since The Late '90s

A document was leaked that Purdue Pharma knew Oxycontin was being abused by users since the late '90s. Apparently it didn't stop the drugmaker from continuing to aggressively market the drug.

Public Health May 29, 2018

Children More Likely To Experience Serious Side Effects From Hydrocodone-Based Cold Medicines

Children are more likely to experience serious side effects after ingesting cough and cold medication containing hydrocodone. Researchers say that it appears to be more concerning than ingesting medication that contains codeine.

Medicine May 23, 2018

Opioid Overdose Deaths Boost Number Of Transplantable Organs

Organ donations from donors who died of a drug-overdose has increased over 10-fold in the United States since the year 2000. Is this related to the opioid epidemic?

Medicine May 17, 2018

Police Officer Administered With Narcan After Accidental Exposure During Drug Arrest

First responders often have to bring Naloxone just in case of an opioid overdose emergency. In Ohio, police officers had to administer Narcan on a colleague after the then-unknown substance blew into his face and he fell ill.

Public Health April 14, 2018

Legalizing Marijuana May Help Alleviate Rise Of Opioid Epidemic

Two new studies find that legalizing marijuana may help offset the number of opioid prescriptions. Opioid deaths are ravaging through every state in the U.S.

Public Health April 3, 2018

CDC Releases Report Showing 115 Americans Die Everyday Due To The Opioid Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new report showing the effects of the opioid epidemic. It shows that the opioid epidemic is affecting every segment of the U.S. population.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 29, 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

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

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

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

'Pill Mill': Doctor Indicted For Distributing 2.7 Million Opioids, Causing Five Overdose Deaths

A doctor has been indicted by the federal government for operating a "pill mill." He allegedly distributed millions of opioids, which led to five overdose deaths.

Public Health December 22, 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

Prescribing Basic Painkillers May Curb Growing Opioid Crisis: Study

A recent study showed that managing ER pains is possible through a combination of simple painkillers. Rather than haphazardly prescribing opioids, doctors should first consider using non-prescription medications as the first line of treatment.

Medicine November 8, 2017

City Of Newark Sues Opioid Manufacturers For False And Deceptive Advertising

The city of Newark sued pharmaceutical companies for false marketing and advertising. According to the civil lawsuit, the companies committed fraud and created a public nuisance.

Public Health October 7, 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

Endo Pulls Opioid Opana ER From The Market After FDA Request

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

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

FDA Seeks For Removal Of Opioid Painkiller From Market: Understanding Substance Abuse

Amid the opioid epidemic, the FDA requested for a voluntary removal of an injectable prescription opioid painkiller. Just how exactly does a drug go from painkiller to an addictive drug?

Public Health June 10, 2017

Gray Death: Authorities Warn About Latest And Scariest Opioid Drug Threat

Authorities warn the public about a new drug mix that could lead to more deaths in the opioid epidemic. Heroin and a drug used as elephant tranquilizer are just some of the dangerous components of gray death.

Public Health May 4, 2017

Cardinal Health Agrees To Pay $44M To Settle Allegations Of Suspicious Painkiller Shipments

Cardinal Health, the Ohio-based pharmaceutical company, has agreed to pay $44 million as its settlement against the allegations of suspicious shipment of painkiller drugs. The company was charged with shipment of drug oxycodone from pharmacies of Washington State, New York, Maryland, and Florida.

Public Health December 26, 2016

100 Million Prescription Opioids Go Unused Every Year After Wisdom Teeth Removal

The surplus of prescribed opioid pills that are left unused in the United States is one of the potential causes of the ongoing opioid epidemic in the country. Limiting opioid painkiller prescription and giving adequate information on the proper disposal of excess pills could help contain opioid abuse.

Public Health September 25, 2016

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