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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

Crime

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

Prevention

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

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

Prevention

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

Epidemic

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

Epidemic

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