Category: Addiction

Epidemic

Record-Breaking Drop in Use of Prescription Opioids in 2018, Costs Increase

Use of Prescription Opioids Decreased While Costs and Overdoses Increased The largest single-year drop in prescription Opioid use was recorded in 2018, according to a new report by IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. Use declined by 17.1% in the US, buoyed by federal lawsuits against a number of Opioid manufacturers and distributors. The study … Continued

Crime

How the US Lost the Opium War in Afghanistan

Heroin Production and the Conflict in Afghanistan The Opioid epidemic in America is responsible for killing hundreds of mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers each day. Americans spend millions of dollars in the U.S. treating substance use disorders as a result of Opioid dependence. The U.S. has spent $1.5 million each day fighting a war on … Continued

Crime

Johnson & Johnson Identified as “Kingpin” of Opioid Crisis in Oklahoma Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s Alleged Role in the Opioid Epidemic After securing a hefty financial settlement from Purdue Pharma in March, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is targeting a much bigger pharmaceutical competitor in the upcoming Opioid lawsuit: Johnson & Johnson. This is not a first for the healthcare conglomerate – Johnson & Johnson has been cited … Continued

Prevention

Opioid Medicines in the UK Will Now Carry Addiction Warning on Label

The Health Secretary’s Attempt to Reduce Opioid Addiction Opioid painkillers issued in the United Kingdom will soon have to carry a prominent warning on their label about the risk of addiction in an effort to tackle growing concerns around prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Secretary of State for Health of the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, proposed … Continued

Crime

First Charges Against Opioid Distribution Company Filed Against Former Executives

Former Execs, Distributors of Oxycodone and Fentanyl Face Criminal Charges Laurence Doud III and William Pietruszewski, top executives of a drug distribution company, are now facing criminal charges for their company’s role and their personal negligence in worsening the current Opioid Epidemic. Doud, 75 years-old and former chief executive of Rochester Drug Co-Operative (RDC), one … Continued

Prevention

Dept of Justice Charges British Opioid Maker with Marketing Fraud

DoJ Claims Drug Manufacturer Made Billions from Fraudulent Opioid Marketing On Tuesday, federal prosecutors indicted British Opioid manufacturer, Indivior, after an investigation alleged the company profited from intentionally misleading healthcare providers and insurers. The 28 fraudulent marketing charges include conspiracy, health care fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. The indictments claim the makers of Suboxone® … Continued

Epidemic

Casa Mia Recovery Program Keeps Addicted Moms and Babies Together in Texas

Recovery House Helps Addicted Moms and Newborns Heal The heartbreak of babies suffering Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome while their mothers battle Opioid addiction is a growing concern. Infants born with Opioids in their system and expectant mothers who abuse Opioids create a cycle of separation and frustration for moms. Mothers feel guilt of exposing their children … Continued

Teen

America’s Foster Care Children and the Opioid Epidemic

Foster Care Numbers, Opioid Addiction on the Rise The number of children in foster care is steadily increasing in America. The American Psychological Association reported a 10% of a national increase in children admitted to foster care between 2013 to 2016. This indicated worrisome trends directly related to neglect via drug abuse by a parent. … Continued

Prevention

China Bans Deadly Overdose-Causing Drug: Fentanyl

China Bans Deadly Overdose-Causing Drug: Fentanyl On Monday, China announced it would ban all variants of the powerful Opioid drug Fentanyl, an effort that could slow the supply of the illicit drug to the United States. According to the CDC, American overdose death rates linked to synthetic Opioids like Fentanyl increased more than 45% from … Continued