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02-13-18 Category: Opioid

Exposing the nexus between opioid manufacturers and patient advocacy groups, a recent Senate report has found that five pharma companies paid nearly $9 million to such groups to drive an agenda encouraging the use of prescription painkillers in the United States. Released on Feb. 12, 2018, the report is the outcome of an extensive investigation […]


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People overdosing on opioids may suffer from memory loss

In 2012, when a 22-year-old man showed up at a hospital in Boston suburb complaining of memory loss and extreme confusion following a possible opioid overdose, doctors were quick to diagnose him with an inability to form new memories, known as anterograde amnesia. The lead neurologist, who examined the man at that time, observed something […]


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US Postal Service collaborates with other agencies to fight opioid crisis
01-11-18 Category: Medicine, Opioid, Substance Abuse

In the past 20 years, opioid abuse has spread like wildfire across the length and breadth of the United States without a definite end in sight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, has quadrupled since 1999. The CDC data […]


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11-06-17 Category: Addiction, Drug Abuse, Opioid

Pharmacies in the San Diego County area have become soft targets of a spate of armed robberies and late night break-ins. These recent robberies occurring in the pharmacies have left both the owners and the authorities perplexed. Gun-wielding people have often been seen barging into chemist shops and running away with stacks of opioids from […]


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Is-America’s-response-to-opioid-epidemic-influenced-by-racial-bigotries
10-10-17 Category: Opioid

As the United States continues to reel from the opioid and heroin epidemic decade after decade and we try to reach at the root of the problem, it emerges that it has persisted not just for years or a couple of decades, but for well beyond that. According to Ekow N. Yankah, law professor at […]


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11.5-million-Americans-misused-prescription-painkillers-in-2016-says-NSDUH
09-11-17 Category: Addiction, Opioid

“A strange sensation overtook me after I had my first dose. My pain had diminished, but there was something else happening. I started to feel euphoria. I wanted more of it,” said 17-year-old Andrea (name changed) of New York, addicted to OxyContin. For the 43-year-old Jonathan (name changed) of Los Angeles, the addiction reached the […]


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Pain-Awareness-Month-Managing-chronic-pain-in-patients-misusing-opioids
09-07-17 Category: Chronic Pain, Opioid, Treatment

Estimates from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) show that 126 million American adults experience some type of pain — 25 million suffer from daily chronic pain and another 23 million experience severe pain. With a significant section of the population battling moderate to severe pain and opioids continuing to be the “drug of […]


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President-Trump-declares-the-opioid-crisis-a-national-emergency
08-11-17 Category: Alcohol, Heroin Treatment, Opioid

President Trump has officially declared the nation’s opioid crisis a national emergency. The declaration came on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at a news conference that President Trump attended with Vice President Pence at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. According to the President, “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now […]


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Opioid-overdoses-are-claiming-more-victims-than-any-other-drug-in-America
08-10-17 Category: Addiction, Heroin Treatment, Opioid

Studies show that in the United States, prescription drugs are the most widely abused class of drugs, immediately after alcohol and marijuana, and succeeded by street drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Medicines, such as painkillers, prove to be effective only if they are taken as prescribed by a doctor for the purpose of […]


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American-senators-vote-down-Obamacare-repeal-bill
07-26-17 Category: Chronic Pain, Drug Abuse, Opioid

Senators cast their votes narrowly on July 25, 2017, to initiate a debate on a bill aimed at overruling significant provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, in a matter of hours, Republicans had to deal with a major blow when their exhaustive plan to repeal the former President Barack Obama’s health care law […]

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