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Insys Becomes First Opioid Manufacturer to File for Bankruptcy Protection

Insys, a Major Contributor to the Opioid Epidemic, Faces Justice When billionaire John Kapoor founded Insys Therapeutics in 1990, his company was destined to grow into a painkiller producer worth almost $150 million by 2017. Although Insys was successful for many years, recent awareness of the catastrophic effects of the Opioid Epidemic which Insys helped … Continued

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Update: Ohio Doctor Arrested for Overdose Deaths of 25 Patients

Ohio Doctor, William Husel, Held on $1 Million Bond for 25 Fentanyl Overdoses In December 2018, Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System fired Dr. William Husel, 43, on the suspicion of misconduct in the deaths of 34 patients. On Wednesday, he was arrested and charged by Franklin County, Ohio, for purposely overdosing 25 patients with the … Continued

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Fentanyl Killing More People than Heroin in Northeast

Fentanyl Deaths on the Rise as Heroin Overdoses Decline Since 2010, the tidal wave of prescription Opioid abuse has started to subside with the government crackdown on Opioid manufacturers and distributors. So, too, have rates of Heroin addiction and overdose fallen in more recent years. In 2018, only 4 of New Hampshire’s 397 Opioid-related deaths … Continued

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Access to Naloxone & Reducing Stigma Vital to Saving Lives

Study Shows Naloxone Availability Vital to Saving Lives In the nation’s capital, emergency room visits involving a suspected Heroin overdose fell by 67.5% between 2017 and 2018. Alongside the District of Columbia, ten states (a majority on the eastern half of the US) saw declines in their Heroin-related ER visits. These encouraging numbers come as … Continued

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How Are Opioids and Sleep Disorders Related?

Can Opioid Addiction Negatively Affect Sleep Habits? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), individuals that have a Substance Use Disorder are 5 to 10 times more likely to also have a co-morbid sleep disorder. Long-term substance abuse physically changes the brain’s sleep architecture, disrupting both sleep patterns and quality. This causes people … Continued

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Current Opioid Lawsuits Miss the Real Problem in America’s Addiction Crisis

The Root of the Problem That Current Opioid Lawsuits Missed On Thursday, May 2, five defendants from the Insys Therapeutics pharmaceutics company were found guilty of racketeering in Boston. The federal jury returned its verdict 15 days after deliberation began, but eventually convicted founder John Kapoor as well as four co-defendants from Insys. US attorney … Continued