Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Annual Cost of Opioid Addiction to the U.S. Economy: Half a Trillion Dollars

Late in October, Trump finally decided to acknowledge the seriousness of America's opioid addiction crisis. Considering that federal funds available to deal with the crisis total less than $60,000, his declaration – like so many of his so-called “actions” over the past 11 months – is meaningless. This week,...

Opioids and Crack: The Tale of Two Addiction Crises & Race in America

Today, opioid abuse is considered one of the most serious addiction crises society faces. However, thirty years ago, the addiction crisis was all about a different drug: a highly-addictive form of cocaine, known as crack.What is telling about American society is the stark difference in how the media, policymakers...

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...

Opioids: Nearly 80 Americans Die Every Day From Overdoses

In a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General's Office, entitled “Facing Addiction in America,” an average of 78 people in the U.S. die each day as the result of opiate overdose. That's greater than the number of auto-related fatalities, and costs the U.S. economy twice as much as...

Investigation by a U.S. Senator Reveals Pharmaceutical Companies Paid Big Bucks in Order to Influence Public Perception of Opioid Safety

As the current federal Administration under its current poor excuse for leadership continues to flail about incompetently in the face of the nation's opioid addiction crisis, litigators who have taken up the cause of holding manufacturers and suppliers accountable have been given new ammunition for their cases, thanks to...

Deaths From Opioid Overdose Cause Morgues to Overflow While Big Pharma Profits

It almost seems like a conspiracy; Big pharmaceutical companies continue to dump highly addictive opioid painkillers on to the market, enabling an addiction epidemic that is reaching crisis levels. As they export this epidemic abroad, they conspire to make treatments unavailable by raising prices to unaffordable levels – making...

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,...

Papantonio: Daily Death Tolls Caused By Big Pharma’s Opioid Epidemic

According to data by the Center for Disease Control, 91 Americans die every day from overdosing on opioids, in the form of both prescription drugs and drugs like heroin. But its that first class – prescription painkillers – that is a major cause for concern. America’s Lawyer Mike Papantonio...

More Studies Confirm Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Abuse

While Trump continues to bluster and make his usual empty “promises” and legislators on Capitol Hill have nothing better to offer than “thoughts and prayers,” states that have made medical cannabis available to their residents are seeing significant reductions in rates of opioid addiction. At the same time, dire...

Cherokee Nation Suing Big Pharma Over Their Gross Opioid Push

Attorneys representing the Cherokee Nation have filed a lawsuit against the nation’s top pharmaceutical companies and distributors for what they say was a deliberate effort to flood Oklahoma communities with opioids.The Cherokee Nation is arguing that Big Pharma engaged in a deliberate campaign to flood vulnerable communities with highly-addicted...