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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

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

Addiction

Research Shows ‘Safer’ Opioid Tramadol More Likely to Cause Addiction

Mayo Clinic Investigates: Is Tramadol Safe? According to new research performed by Mayo Clinic, the historically “safer” synthetic Opioid Tramadol poses the same high risk for prolonged use, just like any of the other most common prescription Opioid medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) currently classifies Tramadol as a Schedule IV drug, which means it’s considered … 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

Epidemic

Record-Breaking Drop in Use of Prescription Opioids in 2018, Costs Increase

Use of Prescription Opioids Decreased While Costs and Overdoses Increased The largest single-year drop in prescription Opioid use was recorded in 2018, according to a new report by IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. Use declined by 17.1% in the US, buoyed by federal lawsuits against a number of Opioid manufacturers and distributors. The study … Continued

Crime

How the US Lost the Opium War in Afghanistan

Heroin Production and the Conflict in Afghanistan The Opioid epidemic in America is responsible for killing hundreds of mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers each day. Americans spend millions of dollars in the U.S. treating substance use disorders as a result of Opioid dependence. The U.S. has spent $1.5 million each day fighting a war on … Continued

Crime

Johnson & Johnson Identified as “Kingpin” of Opioid Crisis in Oklahoma Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s Alleged Role in the Opioid Epidemic After securing a hefty financial settlement from Purdue Pharma in March, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is targeting a much bigger pharmaceutical competitor in the upcoming Opioid lawsuit: Johnson & Johnson. This is not a first for the healthcare conglomerate – Johnson & Johnson has been cited … Continued

Prevention

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