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Colorado Places Bets On Medical Marijuana To Help Curb Opioid Problem

Colorado passed a new law to help slow down the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States. Instead of giving an opioid prescription, doctors can instead recommend the use of medical marijuana to alleviate symptoms of their conditions.

Public Health May 28, 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

North Seattle Health Authorities Issue Public Warning After Sudden Spike In Opioid Overdoses

North Seattle authorities issued a public health warning after a spike in opioid overdoses. Those who use illicit drugs are cautioned not to do so alone.

Public Health January 20, 2019

Parents Of 18-Month-Old Who Died Of Fentanyl Overdose On Christmas Day Charged

An 18-month-old met her untimely demise on Christmas Day because of fentanyl overdose. Her parents were charged with second-degree murder and were found that they manufacture and distribute the synthetic opioid.

January 16, 2019

Pet Painkillers May Have A Hand In The Opioid Crisis

Researchers said the rise in the painkiller prescriptions for pets may have a role in the opioid epidemic America is facing. The study further warned that leftover veterinary drugs may end up in the wrong hands.

Public Health January 12, 2019

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

Opioid Prescriptions Drop After Doctors Get Notified Of Own Patients' Fatal Overdoses

Can sending letters help reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths? Hundreds of doctors were sent notifications of the overdose deaths of their patients, leading to a reduction in opioid prescriptions.

Public Health August 10, 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

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

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

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

How A 25-Year-Old Drug For Nerve Pain Called Gabapentin Showed Up In Opioid Overdoses

Gabapentin, a nerve medication that has been around for 25 years, is now being misused by opioid users. The FDA is going to study the drug to find a solution to the crisis.

Public Health May 5, 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

Transcripts Detail Prince’s Concerning Weight Loss, Mood Swings, And Supper Before Death

Transcripts of different interviews with Prince’s acquaintances were made public on April 17 along with search warrants and other related documents. The documents detailed the observation of Judith Hill, Meron Berkure, and Ray Roberts among others.

Medicine April 21, 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

Surgeon General Issues New Advisory On Naloxone: What To Know About The Opioid Overdose-Reversal Drug

The Surgeon General wants more people to carry Naloxone with them in case of opioid overdose emergencies. How can members of the general public help with this public health crisis?

Public Health April 7, 2018

Surgeon General Advisory Urges The Public To Carry Opioid Antidote Naloxone To Potentially Save Lives

To combat the opioid epidemic, the Surgeon General calls on the public to carry naloxone and to know how to administer it. This is the first surgeon general advisory in 13 years.

Public Health April 6, 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

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

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

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

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

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