Category: Opioid Epidemic

Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER | Health Care | US News

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For people seeking treatment for a migraine in the emergency room, a commonly prescribed opioid called hydromorphone (Dilaudid or Exalgo) doesn’t seem to work as well as at least one other medication, a

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Local News: Helping others beat addiction (10/18/17) | Monett Times

Doctor, counselor share experiences in jobs Many have heard the debilitating effects that methamphetamine has on the individuals who choose to use it, and no one is more familiar with those effects than the emergency room physicians who treat patients

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60 Minutes investigation: Congress and drug companies crippled DEA – Business Insider

A joint investigation from the Washington Post and CBS’ “60 Minutes” concluded that members of Congress alongside the pharmaceutical industry may have helped fuel the opioid crisis. Drug distributors — of which the three biggest are Cardinal Health, Amerisource Bergen, and McKesson — are in charge of shipping

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Opioid overuse doesn’t begin in the ER, study finds

When it comes to emergency room physicians, there’s a perception that they hand out opioids “like candy,” said Mayo Clinic researcher Molly Jeffery. That perception, though, is wrong. Jeffrey, the scientific director for the Mayo Clinic Division of Emergency Medicine

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Cigna to stop covering prescriptions of powerful painkiller

Insurance giant Cigna announced they will no longer cover prescriptions for OxyContin starting Jan. 1, 2018. It is an effort to curb drug abuse, although they are replacing it with a drug that is equally addictive. It is reported that

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East Texas county becomes first in state to sue pharma companies over opioid crisis | Dallas News

Upshur County is suing more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in opioid addiction, a problem taxing the resources of cities and states across the country. The lawsuit announced Wednesday makes the East Texas county the first

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East Texas county sues drug companies, alleges role in opioid crisis | The Texas Tribune

Upshur County is suing a slew of prescription painkiller manufacturers and distributers in federal court, accusing them of fueling a nationwide opioid addiction epidemic. Other Texas governments may follow suit. An East Texas county is suing a slew of prescription painkiller manufacturers

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Cortland hospital may team up with Pennsylvania health system

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Dr. Ross Sullivan used to tell heroin and painkiller overdose patients in Upstate University Hospital’s emergency room to stop using drugs and go to local addiction treatment programs for help. Sullivan quickly learned that approach didn’t work

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Forum Raises Question: Can EMS Providers Help Treat Addiction Before An Overdose?

One hundred health care and first-response experts will convene to share ideas, strategies, and specific tools for fighting Connecticut’s opioid epidemic in a first-of-its-kind conference at UConn Health in Farmington on Wednesday. Focused on pre-hospital preventative care, the forum, co-hosted by UConn

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America’s huge problem with opioid prescribing, in one quote

If you want a clear explanation of just how much of an outlier the US is in prescribing the powerful drugs that led to the opioid epidemic, consider this statistic given by Stanford drug policy expert Keith Humphreys last week (emphasis

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