Category: Opioid Epidemic

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

The opioid epidemic leveled off in early 2018. But don’t celebrate yet. – Vox

All of a sudden, the news seems a bit more optimistic about America’s opioid epidemic. On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who serves under President Donald Trump, pointed to new preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some patients are in pain. Some just want drugs. How do I tell them apart?

Brittany was a drug-seeker I knew by name, and I was not surprised when she rolled into the ER for the third time that month. As she lay on a wheeled paramedic bed pushed by an ambulance crew through big

As opioid crisis raged Insys pushed higher doses of addictive drug and pushed salespeople to own doctors – MarketWatch

To sell addictive opioids, sales representatives were encouraged to “own” doctors, keeping a close eye on how and how much they prescribe. Speaker programs that helped drive sales left out safety problems and, in one instance, didn’t say that Insys,

Doctors Urge CDC to Clarify Rx Opioid Guideline 

Dr. Kertesz believes many chronic pain patients have suffered under the guideline, because it has led to widespread tapering and discontinuation of opioids. He invited other healthcare professionals to co-sign the letter. To date, well over 200 have. To see