Category: Opioid Epidemic

Updated Pa. guidelines: All ERs should treat addicted patients with medication

In an effort to curb opioid addictions, Pennsylvania has announced updated guidelines for doctors prescribing opioid medications in the emergency room. The new advice reflects state law limiting opioid prescriptions for people discharged from the emergency room to no more

Yahoo Finance: ‘It didn’t happen overnight’: How the U.S. opioid crisis got so bad

After President Trump signed the nation’s newest opioid law into effect in October 2018, some people raised questions about whether the legislation would be effective and how opioid addiction became such a big problem in the first place. As far back as

TIME: China Has Promised to Crack Down on Fentanyl. Here’s What That Could Mean for Overdose Deaths in the U.S.

As part of a wide-ranging deal between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, China has reportedly pledged to designate the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl and similar drugs as controlled substances, subjecting those who sell them to harsher punishments and potentially

Bloomberg: The Opioid Epidemic’s First Corporate Casualty May Be a Drugmaker That Helped Fuel the Crisis

Sitting in a Boston courtroom in a dark, pinstriped suit, the former top sales executive at Insys Therapeutics Inc., Alex Burlakoff, listened as federal prosecutors read out crimes he and the company had allegedly committed. Insys had bribed doctors and their

The Washington Post: After a record number of U.S. deaths in 2017, the opioid epidemic may be receding

The CDC released the official 2017 mortality and drug overdose data this week, and any way you slice it, it’s bad. The numbers show the United States in the midst of the longest sustained decline in life expectancy since World

Reason: Opioid-Related Deaths Keep Rising As Pain Pill Prescriptions Fall – Hit & Run :

The official numbers for opioid-related deaths in 2017, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today, demonstrate once again the folly of trying to tackle this problem by reducing access to prescription pain pills. The volume of opioids prescribed for American

At HCMC, doctors pursue new way to treat opioid addiction –

Tonya Rainey, left, hugged physician assistant Kitty Earl-Torniainen after a discussion about fighting her heroin addiction. Tonya Rainey estimates that she has cycled through hospital emergency rooms more than 50 times since she became addicted to opioids seven years ago.

Illinois hospitals send overdose antidote home with patients

Two hospitals in a Chicago suburb are sending home an opioid-overdose antidote with patients who seek treatment for opioid overdoses or addictions. Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn recently started giving naloxone kits to patients

Is a recent fall in overdose deaths temporary or a sign of a corner turned? – STAT

The number of fatal drug overdoses nationwide has fallen for six consecutive months, fueling hopes that the downturn marks not just a reprieve but a long-lasting shift in the tide of the addiction crisis. Annual U.S. drug overdoses have been tracking upward

The Washington Post: The Health 202: Here’s how to tell when the opioid crisis is starting to recede

Trump signs opioid bill There was lots of back slapping and handshaking at the White House yesterday as President Trump signed Congress’s bipartisan bill targeting the country’s opioid crisis. Yet the problem of addiction and overdose is still raging across the United States. There