Category: Prevention

Prevention

New Study Shows that Opioid Overdoses Are Higher in States With Legalized Medical Marijuana

States with Legalized Medical Marijuana See Rise in Opioid Overdoses One of the main arguments for the legalization of marijuana across the United States has been the idea that the drug can help combat the Opioid Epidemic. By giving doctors an alternative to the prescription of Opioids for treating chronic pain, many believe that the … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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How Are Opioids and Sleep Disorders Related?

Can Opioid Addiction Negatively Affect Sleep Habits? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), individuals that have a Substance Use Disorder are 5 to 10 times more likely to also have a co-morbid sleep disorder. Long-term substance abuse physically changes the brain’s sleep architecture, disrupting both sleep patterns and quality. This causes people … Continued

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Current Opioid Lawsuits Miss the Real Problem in America’s Addiction Crisis

The Root of the Problem That Current Opioid Lawsuits Missed On Thursday, May 2, five defendants from the Insys Therapeutics pharmaceutics company were found guilty of racketeering in Boston. The federal jury returned its verdict 15 days after deliberation began, but eventually convicted founder John Kapoor as well as four co-defendants from Insys. US attorney … Continued

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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

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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

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Alabama High Schools Can Now Administer Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone

Alabama High Schools Can Now Administer the Opioid-Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone A new state-wide program will now allow Alabama high schools to administer the Opioid overdose reversal drug, Naloxone. The state is the first in the nation to train administrators, coaches, and teachers to use the lifesaving drug. First proposed by the Alabama Department of Education … Continued