Category: Awareness

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

Prevention

Small Percentage of People in Need of Opioid Addiction Treatment Medications Get Them

Study Reveals How Opioid Treatment Is Unavailable to Those Who Need It A new, federally-funded report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine shows that more than 80% of the estimated 2 million people with an Opioid addiction aren’t getting addiction treatment medications. Medicines like Methadone and Buprenorphine – government-approved since 1972 and … Continued

Prevention

FDA Advisors Petition Agency to Stop Approving New Painkillers

FDA Advisors Petition Due to ‘Dangerously Deficient Oversight’ In a petition sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week, two FDA advisors are claiming the agency has suffered “dangerously deficient oversight” in its approval of new prescription Opioids in the past decade. Dr. Sidney Wolfe (former drug safety committee advisor to the FDA) … Continued

Prevention

How Mindfulness Can Encourage Recovery From Addiction

Why Does Mindfulness Matter When Treating Addiction? Mindfulness is a powerful word denoting wellbeing and stress management. Mindfulness can aid in reducing stress and feelings of anxiety that can serve as reinforcements of chemical dependencies and addiction. ‘Very Well Mind’ notes mindfulness is “the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment—non-judgmentally and … Continued

Crime

Pennsylvania Court Overrun by Stalled Opioid Litigation

Multiple Lawsuits Against Pharmaceutical Companies Converge in One County Currently, there are hundreds of cases around the country accusing companies that manufactured prescription Opioids of false advertisement and downplaying the risk of addiction, subsequently causing the country’s Opioid Crisis. In 2017, Delaware County became the first county in Pennsylvania to file a claim against, and … Continued

Epidemic

New App Tracks and Helps Manage Opioid Dependency

App Tracks Buprenorphine Doses to Manage Opioid Withdrawal The Opioid Epidemic remains a common concern for Americans for several reasons. The first: more than 115 Americans die of an Opioid-related overdose per day. A second, ongoing concern is the role pharmaceutical drugs still play in the Opioid crisis. Many of the individuals suffering from Opioid addiction have … Continued

Prevention

Ocasio-Cortez’s Misleading Claim About Trump and Opioid Epidemic Funding

Washington Post Fact-Checks Ocasio-Cortez’s Tweet Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is in hot water after being fact-checked by members of the Washington Post. While retweeting a video clip of herself from C-SPAN, the representative contrasted President Trump’s push to use emergency funds for a border wall, but not for the Opioid Epidemic. Yet, as Post fact-checkers … Continued

Crime

Opium-Addicted Parrots Raid Poppy Farms in India

Opium Raids Parrots across India have been raiding medicinal poppy fields dozens of times each day. The large group of birds have become such a problem that they’ve caused a decline in poppy production for farmers. Madhya Pradesh, a district in India that is home to a large portion of the country’s poppy fields, has … Continued

Epidemic

The Unexpected Consequence of State Opioid Prescribing Limits

Opioid Prescribing Limits Linked to Rise in Opioid Prescriptions As overdose deaths reached record-breaking highs and officials around the U.S. declared public health emergencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) moved prescription Opioids into a more restrictive, “tougher-to-refill” group of drugs. The new Opioid prescribing limits were intended to reduce the number of prescriptions patients received … Continued