Category: Epidemic

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

Crime

Purdue Pharma to Pay $270 Million in Settlement of Oklahoma Opioid Lawsuit

The Outcome of the Historic Oklahoma vs. Purdue Pharma Lawsuit Purdue Pharma, the makers of Oxycontin®, has agreed to pay $270 million to settle the lawsuit that was brought forth by the state of Oklahoma’s attorney general, Mike Hunter, in 2017. Hunter accused Purdue and the Sackler family of aggressively marketing the Opioid painkiller and fueling a … Continued

Crime

Rampant Addiction, Sex Trafficking in Ohio (Pill Mill) Town

Addiction and Sex Trafficking Reports in Portsmouth Attract National Attention In a town of less than 18,000 people along the Ohio River, rumors of corrupt local officials heading a sex trafficking organization were public knowledge for years. That is, until an 80-page federal affidavit for a wiretap was filed by the Drug Enforcement Administration in … 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

Crime

Woman Suing U.S. Prisons to Allow Addiction Treatment

Inmates Banned from Receiving Addiction Treatment Stephanie DiPierro was sentenced to a federal prison after pleading guilty last fall to theft of public funds. DiPierro, 38, has been receiving daily doses of Methadone from a clinic since 2005. Now that she is heading to prison and will be unable to continue her scheduled addiction treatment, … 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