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Attorneys general from over three dozen states are urging health insurers to review their coverage policies for pain treatment to help reduce the role that prescription painkillers continue to play in the deadly opioid epidemic. More than 40 Americans die each day from overdoses involving…Read More >
Speaking to a National Press Club Luncheon in Washington, D.C., recently, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said, "We've watched over a 10 or 15 year period this epidemic grow in proportion. And even as we've tried to take measures to intervene in various ways, the epidemic was always 5 steps…Read More >
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Former White House 'Drug Czar' says more is needed to "make a significant impact on the trajectory of the worst health crisis of our time." After saying for months he would declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, which his own special commission has urged since July, President Donald J.…Read More >
It will take years of sustained, coordinated efforts to "contain and reverse" the prescription and illicit opioids epidemic, says a new, far-reaching report to the Food and Drug Administration from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Contrary to current thinking,…Read More >
A group of public health officials and doctors have filed a "Citizen Petition" with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking the agency to remove ultra-high dosage unit (UHDU) opioid painkillers from the market. The petition specifically targets oral and transmucosal painkillers providing…Read More >
A study of nearly 90,000 pediatric patients, ages 13 to 21 years, has found that new, persistent opioid use following surgery “may represent a significant pathway to nonmedical opioid use among adolescents.” In fact, compared to a control group of non-drug-using, non-operative…Read More >
Physicians from lower-ranked medical schools prescribe nearly three times as many opioids per year as graduates from top-tier institutions, says a new study by two Princeton University economics professors. Clinical use of prescription opioids has quadrupled since 1999, almost exactly…Read More >
The state of New Hampshire has filed suit against OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma for its alleged role in helping create the opioid epidemic afflicting the nation. New Hampshire, which President Donald Trump recently dubbed a “drug-infested den,” is number two in the country for opioid…Read More >
Let them die. Three strikes and you're out. This was the suggestion by Middletown, OH, Councilman Dan Picard recently for opioid overdose victims who've already been saved twice before by the city's overworked paramedics. A third overdose? Just refuse to send the ambulance and paramedics.…Read More >
In 1999, North and South Dakota were the only states in America with zero deaths from drug overdoses. America’s escalating prescription opioid epidemic had begun a few years earlier, and everywhere else in the country drug deaths were increasing. The highest drug overdose rates in the country…Read More >
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