opioid epidemic

  • opioid epidemic Dec 23, 2019

    To Battle Opioid Crisis, Some Track Overdoses in Real Time

    Overdose tracking systems are giving near real-time glimpses into the ravages of the opioid-fueled drug crisis. The Hudson Valley Interlink Analytic System in New York is among a number of surveillance systems being adopted around the country by police, government agencies and community groups.

  • opioid epidemic Dec 18, 2019

    Walk-in Clinics for Opioid Addiction Offer Meds First, Fast

    Every time she got out of jail, Jamie Cline started hustling again for heroin, driven by an addiction she didn’t understand. “You want to get clean so bad. You know something’s killing you and you can’t stop,” said the 33-year-old who used heroin for 10 years.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    Fighting Pain Without Prescriptions

    Recovering from surgery or an injury can be painful, but there’s an increase in alternatives to powerful narcotics.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Parents Press Harvard to Remove Opioid Maker’s Name From Museum

    Parents whose children fatally overdosed on opioids are demanding Harvard University remove the name of a family whose company makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin from a building that housed one of its art museums. About two dozen parents protested Friday outside the building the housed the Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

  • Aug 29, 2018

    Some Mental Health Experts Say Hypnosis Could Help Opioid Epidemic

    As the nation struggles with an opioid epidemic, mental health experts say hypnotherapy could be a possible solution — allowing a patient’s brain to adjust to the pain.

  • Mar 6, 2018

    Prescription Opioids Fail Rigorous New Test for Chronic Pain

    A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. And they provided slightly less pain relief, Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few...

  • Feb 28, 2018

    ‘Late Night’: The Check-in on the Opioid Epidemic

    Seth Meyers takes a break from breaking news to check in on President Donald Trump’s promise to do everything in his power to fight the opioid epidemic.

  • Feb 27, 2018

    White House Pressed to Expand Mental Health Treatment

    Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is “actively exploring” ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds. President Donald Trump again brought up the issue of mental hospitals in a meeting with governors this week, invoking a time when states maintained facilities for mentally ill and developmentally disabled people.

  • Nov 14, 2017

    FDA Warns of Injury, Death With Herbal Supplement Kratom

    Federal health authorities are warning about reports of injury, addiction and death with a herbal supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs The supplement, kratom, made from a plant native to Southeast Asia, has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. Users have opposed efforts...

  • Nov 7, 2017

    Study: Pain Relievers Worked as Well as Opioids in ER Patients

    Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain. The results challenge common ER practice for treating...

  • Oct 4, 2017

    New Medical Techniques Aim to Reduce Risk of Opioid Addiction

    The race is on to find alternatives to the dangerous, addictive painkillers blamed for thousands of deaths.

  • Aug 17, 2017

    Top US Drug Middleman Express Scripts to Limit Opioids; Doctors Concerned

    The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing criticism from the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S.,...

  • Aug 8, 2017

    Disparity Between Infant Mortality Rates in Appalachia, Rest of US is Growing, Study Finds

    Placing much of the blame on smoking, a study chronicling the ongoing health crisis in Appalachia has concluded that the 13-state region suffers from a growing disparity in infant mortality and life expectancy, two key indicators of “a nation’s health and well-being.” The study, published in the August issue of Health Affairs, compared infant mortality and life expectancy rates in...

  • Jul 31, 2017

    Trump Drug Commission Calls for Emergency Declaration

    President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic. The commission sent an initial report to the Republican president on Monday saying the approximately 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is “equal to September 11th every three weeks.”

  • Jul 13, 2017

    Doctors Accused of Selling Drugs to Addicts and Dealers Charged in Federal Bust

    Federal officials have located a Connecticut doctor accused of fleeing the country after being named a suspect in an investigation into what authorities are calling the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the federal Medicare Fraud Strike Force in the country.

  • Jul 11, 2017

    AG Sessions Speaks in Grapevine on Opioid Epidemic

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited North Texas on Tuesday to take a hard line on drug abuse and ending the opioid epidemic.

  • Jul 3, 2017

    GOP Voters Blame Congress, Not Trump, for Lack of Progress

    In firm control of the federal government, President Donald Trump and his Republican Party have so far failed to deliver on core campaign promises on health care, taxes and infrastructure. But in New York’s Trump Tower cafe, the Gentry family blames Congress, not the president. Like many Trump voters across America, the Alabama couple, vacationing last week with their three...

  • Jun 22, 2017

    How the Senate Health Bill Compares to House Bill, ‘Obamacare’

    The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured....
    The bill’s impact on personal health care costs would be uneven: Premiums would likely...

  • Jun 21, 2017

    Republican Medicaid Cuts Would Hit States Battling Opioid Epidemic

    The Republican drive to roll back Barack Obama’s health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that’s not letting up. Medicaid cuts resulting from the GOP legislation would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties. The...

  • May 5, 2017

    Trump Moving to Slash Budget for White House ‘Drug Czar’ Whose Office Fights Opioid and Heroin Crisis

    The proposed $364 million cut would leave a budget of just $24 million for the office and would eliminate its two major grant programs.

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