Category: Epidemic

Epidemic

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

Prevention

New Utah Moms Suffering High Rates of Opioid-Related Deaths 

New Mothers Affected by Postpartum Depression and Opioid Addiction The Opioid Epidemic continues to devastate the lives of many, and new sources reveal expecting mothers are also victims of the addiction and overdose crisis. They may often go unaccounted for in the calculation of national statistics, according to a University of Utah Health study. The study … Continued

Prevention

Patients Who Need Opioids Protest New Regulations, Stigma

Caught in the Middle of a Crisis A mother with breast cancer pulls her car over and records her frustrations after leaving a Rite Aid pharmacy. April Grove Doyle discloses her experiences through a tearful confession that she was frustrated and only gets her pain pills once each month to last 2 or 3 weeks. … Continued

Epidemic

Pharmaceutical Company Studies Doctors to Better Market Opioids

U.K. Doctor Learns of Pharmaceutical Company’s Sinister Study Pain specialist Dr. Cathy Stannard can recall the glamorous promise of being filmed as she traveled from the U.K. to New York. Stannard and her group indulged in dining at luxurious “smart hotels” and attended Broadway shows, all sponsored by a pharmaceutical company for pain management education. Napp … Continued

Crime

American Pain Society Considers Filing for Bankruptcy

The American Pain Society’s Alleged Role in the Opioid Epidemic As the first Opioid trial began in Oklahoma two weeks ago, it’s been front-page news that the manufacturers of Opioid painkillers such as Teva Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson are being held responsible by state governments for inciting the nationwide Opioid Crisis. However, what many people … Continued

Crime

Teva Pharmaceuticals Reach $85 Million Settlement in OK Opioid Lawsuit

Settling the Oklahoma Opioid Lawsuit Last week, Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay an $85 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma – just days before the company was set to go to trial over allegations the company helped fuel the U.S. Opioid epidemic. Teva was cited by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter as creating a … Continued

Prevention

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

Crime

‘Opioid Alternative’ Herbal Drug, Kratom, a Cause of 91 Overdose Deaths

CDC Links Kratom to At Least 91 Fatal Overdoses A recent report on state overdose data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Kratom was a cause of death in at least 91 overdoses between 2016 and 2017. A total of 152 of the overdose victims tested positive for Kratom at … Continued

Crime

Doctors, Nurses Caught Stealing Prescription Opioids

Fentanyl and OxyContin Fuel Demand for Stolen Prescriptions As huge corporations continue to face legal repercussions in federal court for their role in the Opioid Crisis, doctors and nurses are being punished in criminal courts for stealing prescription Opioids. In another instance of medical malpractice, 19 patients were infected by medical technician Kristen Parker after … Continued