Category: Epidemic


Are Purdue Drug Reps the Real Perpetrators of the Opioid Crisis?

The Deceptive Marketing of OxyContin by Purdue Pharmaceuticals The start of the American Opioid Epidemic can be traced back to the early 1990s and Purdue Pharmaceutical’s influence over the prescription of Opioid medications. During that time, pain specialists in the United States began to argue that the nation faced an epidemic of untreated chronic pain. … Continued


5 Signs Your Teen Is Using Opioids and 5 Factors That Put Them at Risk

How to Recognize Signs Your Teen Is Using Opioids Historically low rates of Opioid (and drug) use among teens is a promising sign that prevention efforts are working. Between 2013 and 2018, Vicodin® use fell by 58% among 8th graders, 75% among 10th graders, and 67% among 12th graders. Moreover, teens are also reporting that prescription Opioids are … Continued


Kansas Doctor Sentenced to Life in Prison for Patient’s Opioid-Related Death

Cash-for-Pills Doctor Gets Life in Prison Kansas physician, Dr. Steven R. Henson, was sentenced to life in federal prison this past Friday due to his involvement in the distribution of prescription Opioids that resulted in the death of one of his patients in 2015. The sentence was handed down in Wichita Federal Court by District … Continued


Can Kratom Be Used to Combat the Opioid Crisis?

Kratom: Friend or Foe? Due to a surge in the interest of hallucinogens for opioid addiction treatment, Kratom has been a subject of recent news discussions. Mitragyna speciosa or Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia. It has been used to increase energy and help with painful physical ailments; however, in rare cases, Kratom … Continued


International Women’s Day: Removing Gender Stigma and Improving Access to Treatment

International Women’s Day: How Opioid Addiction Disproportionately Affects Women and Mothers International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8 around the world, is an opportunity to further educate and empower women, as well as discuss topics that disproportionately affect them. The stigma of Opioid addiction, prescription drug misuse, and fatal overdose all affect women differently than men, … Continued


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


FDA Requiring Pharmaceutical Companies to Reevaluate Opioid Effectiveness

FDA to Require Drug Manufacturers to Reexamine Patients’ Need for Opioids The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon require pharmaceutical companies that produce Opioids to study their effectiveness in dealing with chronic pain. This decision comes out of the government’s attempts to further rein in the rampant Opioid epidemic. Yet, the new study comes … Continued


Insurance Companies Making It Harder to Treat Opioid Addiction

Insurance Companies Make It Harder to Treat Opioid Addiction Although it seems that the public has become more aware of the dangers and addictive nature of Opioid medications, there have been few regulations by insurance companies to aid in the fight against Opioid addiction. A study conducted by clinician-scientists at Oregon Health & Science University … Continued


Recent Surges in Fentanyl Prescriptions Concern Many

Fentanyl Prescriptions on the Rise A recent CNN report documented the high number of American patients who have been exposed to Fentanyl. Typically, doctors and pharmacists have written Fentanyl prescriptions to cancer patients and patients with high Opioid tolerance. However, as the report shows, thousands of patients who received prescription Fentanyl did not have cancer … Continued