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Topic: News

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Biden picks former West Virginia health official as nation’s drug czar

July 29th, 2021|

Rahul Gupta, ally of Sen. Manchin (D-WV), would oversee drug policy strategy if confirmed

Gupta, a primary-care doctor who previously served as West Virginia’s health commissioner, led Biden’s transition efforts for the drug policy office and serves as the top health official at maternal and child advocacy group March of Dimes, would be the first physician to serve as drug czar if confirmed by the Senate.

The Deadliest Year In the History of U.S. Drug Use

February 3rd, 2021|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Increases in abuse of fentanyl, meth and cocaine are adding to the existing drug addiction crisis. It also appears that part of the pandemic's collateral damage includes an increase in overdose deaths. As covered in the article: The largest overdose spike happened from

Research Identifies Pain Manage­ment Strategy That Reduces Opioid Exposure

January 29th, 2021|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Another study indicating that non-opioid solutions for pain management can be effective, i.e. opioids do not need to be the first line approach to pain management. Information such as this, had it been widely available and implemented, could have helped avoid the problems

Benzo­diazepine scripts reach ‘disturbing’ levels in the US

May 29th, 2020|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Benzodiazepine prescriptions reach ‘disturbing’ levels in the US Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  New Scientist (1/17/2020)     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... This article reports on a disconcerting trend -- a high level of benzodiazepine prescription in the US and abroad. In too many cases, the benzodiazepine's were co-prescribed with opioids even though the combination of the two can be

Florida Forces Opioid Abusers to Get Help

March 9th, 2020|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Florida Forces Opioid Abusers to Get Help Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  Pew Charitable Trusts (March 7, 2018)    |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Where do your Constitutional rights end? Do they end when you are convicted of a crime, or in this case, when someone who is not a judge, can determine, without your consent, that you should be involuntarily

Pharma Executive Sentenced To 66 Months In Prison In Opioid Trial

February 2nd, 2020|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Pharmaceutical Executive Sentenced To 66 Months In Prison In Opioid Trial Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  NPR (1/23/20)     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... The sentencing of a former pharmaceutical executive to more than five years in prison is being hailed as a potentially important warning to other pharmaceutical executives. Although this trial will hopefully signal the start of other

Suing the Opioid Companies

February 25th, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Two well-informed academics discuss the legal maneuvers and the possible successes of the various lawsuits that have been brought against opioid manufacturers, distributors and big retail pharmacies. They point out that "in the past four years, roughly 400 cities, counties, and states initiated

Christiana Care reports progress in cutting use of opioids

February 13th, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Christina Care, Delaware's largest health care provider, took a strong action of dramatically cutting back the amount of opioids that were prescribed. This was done as a plan to lower the chronic use of opioids, cut-back the number of opioid addicts and thus

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