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Walmart Fights Opioid Abuse Stigma

Princeton Daily Clarion recently asked a provocative question: Is Walmart an opioid villain? The article reviews a recent history of the mega corporation, starting with allegations from U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas that Walmart lent a sinister hand in the nation’s opioid crisis by...

Higher Strength Opioid Doses Remain Common After Knee Surgery

The same prescribing practices that stirred the country’s opioid crisis continues, according to a recent study published in BMJ Open. The study, which analyzed a database of national insurance claims, concluded that 36 percent of knee surgery patients received opioid prescriptions stronger than the amount recommended by...

Mail-Order Pharmacy’s $11 Million Opioid Settlement

For Injured Workers Pharmacy (IWP), speed and volume trumped patient and public safety, and the Andover, Mass. business is paying the price for its questionable practices—to the tune of $11 million.The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office alleged that the mail-order pharmacy took inadequate safety...

Top Insys Therapeutics Executives Found Guilty on Federal Racketeering Charges

After a ten-week-long trial, the former billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics, John Kapoor, was found guilty this past week of bribing physicians and lying to insurance companies in order to drive and maximize sales of the company's highly addictive fentanyl-based pain medication, Subsys. Four other top-level company executives were also found guilty. The...

Fentanyl: The Deadliest Opioid, Says CDC

Among the ten most frequently mentioned drugs in reports on overdose fatalities, the synthetic opioid fentanyl leads the way. This is according to a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control. From 2011 through 2016, the number of fentanyl-related deaths rose by a whopping 1,000 percent. Prior to 2016,...

Once Considered a Rural Phenomenon, the Opioid Epidemic Moves Into Eastern Cities

Since awareness of the issue of opioid addiction began to reach public consciousness in the late 1990s, opioid addiction has been seen as a largely rural problem affecting whites of lower socio-economic status (SES). Increasingly, this is no longer the case. A study published last Friday in the Journal of the American...

The Opioid Epidemic is Resulting in More Infection Related Strokes

Earlier this week, a prominent vascular neurologist who spoke at the recent annual conference of the American Stroke Association shared a grim report: opioid abuse is driving a rise in the number of strokes. Dr. Setareh Salehi Omran, lead author of a study soon to be published in the journal Stroke,...

The Alarming Increase in Opioid Overdose Fatalities Among Middle-Aged Women

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a disturbing report about the nation's current opioid crisis. It appears that the fastest growing number of fatal opioid overdoses is among women between the ages of 30 and 64. According to the report, the annual drug overdose death rate in general...

Judge Says Big Pharma Doesn’t Have To Pay For Opioid Epidemic In New York

A judge in Manhattan has blocked an effort by lawmakers to make drug manufacturers and distributors pay for the costs of cleaning up the opioid epidemic that they created. The judge said that these drug makers can’t be held financially liable because that would violate the commerce...

As the Nation Struggles With an Addiction Epidemic, the FDA Approves a New Opioid-Based Pain Medication

Just before the weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its approval for a new, powerful and fast-acting opioid medication, despite serious concerns that it will only add to the current addiction crisis.  The product, manufactured by small San Francisco-area pharmaceutical company, was approved by an FDA committee...