Saturday, March 23, 2019

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...

Proposed Oregon Law Would Ban Medicaid Coverage of Opioids After One Year of Use

In Oregon, usually one of the more progressive states in terms of social policy, lawmakers in Salem are considering legislation that would end all Medicaid coverage for prescription opioids.  Under the proposed statute, patients who depend on opioid-based medication for chronic pain management would have twelve months to taper off their...

Oxycontin Makers Will Not Market To Doctors Anymore

The maker of Oxycontin has said that they'll no longer market their opioids directly to doctors. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and attorney Peter Mougey discuss this issue.Transcript:Mike Papantonio: The maker of Oxycontin has said that they'll no longer market their opioids directly to doctors. This move isn't because...

The Company Responsible for the Opioid Crisis Now Wants to Profit From Fixing It

Purdue Pharma, the company that brought us OxyContin and has been targeted in lawsuits by several states over its role in causing the opioid addiction crisis, now has an opportunity to profit from providing a solution.Just before the weekend, the Financial Times broke the story that Purdue was granted...

Eric Holder Saved Opioid Peddlers From Being Thrown In Prison As Deaths Increased

One of the worst aspects of the opioid epidemic is the fact that it could have been fixed YEARS ago, had it not been for corporate-owned politicians. Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this issue.Transcript:Mike Papantonio: One of the worst aspects of the opioid epidemic is the fact that...

New York Greenlights Medical Marijuana to Replace Opioid Prescriptions

Thanks to emergency regulations filed by the New York State Department of Health, any patient who has a prescription for an opioid medication has the ready option of replacing it with one for medical cannabis. The new regulations went into effect on July 12. Prior to that, qualifying conditions...