Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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...

The Opioid Addiction Crisis: Crypto Currencies, the “Dark Web” and Synthetic Opioids

Current efforts to deal with the ongoing opioid addiction crisis in the U.S. have been focusing on the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and market the product. However, a recent story from Portland, Oregon about an 18-year-old girl who died from an opioid overdose highlights another, even more sinister aspect...

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...

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...

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...

Big Pharma: Creating a Nation of Addicts for Profit

It isn't a new story. Back in the days, celebrities like Judy Garland, Alan Jay Lerner and Elvis Presley were made into addicts by the physicians to whom they had entrusted their health care concerns. Those were unscrupulous doctors who saw opportunities to exert control over their well-heeled patients...

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...

Opioid Overdoses Continue to Rise – Among Children!

While the judiciary is attempting to hold Big Pharma accountable for the epidemic of opioid abuse across the U.S., that epidemic is growing worse – and tragically, it’s growing fastest among children and adolescents.This shocking news was recently published in Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. It was...

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...

A New Study Shows That OTC Painkillers Work Just as Well as Opioids for Pain Relief (and Aren’t Addictive)

There are many persons and institutions that bear responsibility for America's opioid epidemic, including drug companies and their distributors, dishonest physicians who operate “pill mills,” and even the Department of Justice. However, in too many cases, opioid addiction starts with a trip to the emergency room in the wake...