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Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database


Following up on The Washington Post's eye-opening article based on the DEA drug tracking database, the Post made this online, searchable version of the database available. The web site allows users to search by state and country to view a breakdown of the total number of pills supplied during the six-year period from 2006 to ...Read more

76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic


A stunning revelation that exposes the magnitude of the pharmaceutical industry abuse that helped kick off the opioid crisis. In a short six year period, enough opioids were pushed to give every man, woman and child in the country more than 200 pills each.  The article paints a picture of massive abuse by a handful ...Read more

The Pharma Companies and Execs Who Fueled the Opioid Crisis Should Face the Same Fate as El Chapo

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Ryan Hampton, a nationally known advocate in the recovery movement, a former White House staffer and author of American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis — and How to End It, points out the discrepancy in the way we treat the pharmaceutical company executives responsible for contributing to the opioid crisis in comparison to our ...Read more

Suboxone maker Reckitt Benckiser to pay $1.4 billion in largest opioid settlement in US history


The largest opioid settlement in history comes, not from a company that oversold opioids, but from a company profiting from the crisis. This should be a strident alarm for any community, city or state considering moving to a model that focuses on making Suboxone or other Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) drugs widely available, particularly when ...Read more

Oklahoma, Teva Pharmaceuticals reach $85 million settlement in opioid case


The state of Oklahoma is going after the drug companies which it blames for helping to create the opioid addiction crisis. Having settled out of court in May with Teva Pharmaceuticals for 85 million dollars, and in March of 2019 Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin for $270 million, they will now take Johnson and Johnson ...Read more

In Newly Released Deposition, OxyContin Owner Defends Response to Reports of Abuse


Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, now has one of it's former Presidents, Richard Sackler, in legal hot water. During his deposition given in March 2019, it became clear that the family made billions of dollars in profit without giving due care or concern for the effects that were created ...Read more

The science of addiction remains unsettled


Conversations about the underlying nature of addiction often turn contentious. Sometimes, they devolve into disputes with the character and zeal of a holy war. The prevailing wisdom holds that addiction is a disease, often likened to diabetes. That perspective is practically the only theory covered in popular media and, in some circles, questioning it is …Read more

Addiction is a Complex Condition


History has made it clear there is no simplistic, single-model solution to addiction. We can’t arrest our way out of the problem, nor can we eliminate drug abuse by trying to scare everyone out of starting. Similarly, it’s long been known there are many pathways to recovery. In our attempts to understand and address drug …Read more

Medication Assisted Treatment: Solution or Set-Up for Opiate Addicts?


This article, written by a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, articulates the problems associated with a single pathway approach to recovery. It focuses on drug treatment approaches that exclude alternatives in favor of long-term reliance on drugs such as methadone or Suboxone. This includes a caution against the likely unintended consequences of wholesale  adoption of ...Read more

Huge national opioids lawsuit moves forward


The seriousness that is often missed when statistics are rattled off on the lives lost to opioids, was brought to a succinct statement by Judge Dan Polster in his ruling of the Ohio suit against Purdue Pharma and others, when he said, "It is accurate to describe the opioid epidemic as a man-made plague, 20 ...Read more