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08-23   Mexican soldiers confiscate 140 pounds of fentanyl at the border

The officers of the Mexican Army’s Second Military Zone in northern Mexico seized an astonishing 140-pound consignment of fentanyl from a truck near a highway checkpoint close to the American border on Aug. 22, 2017. The soldiers said that the drug consignment comprised of bricks wrapped in plastic sheets and concealed in the insulated floor […]

08-23   Mixed response to confirmation of Trump’s nominee for new ‘Mental Health Czar’

The recent confirmation of Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz as the new “Mental Health Czar” by the United States Senate has attracted both praise and criticism from various quarters. The Trump administration created the new position of “Mental Health Czar” in April 2017 to monitor the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinate […]

08-22   Tackling opioid emergency: National e-prescribing of controlled substances bill filed

Things have already started falling into place after President Donald Trump recently declared the ongoing opioid mayhem in the country as a national emergency and a scourge. One important development in this field is the filing of the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act (EPCS) earlier this month, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Once the […]

08-21   National Senior Citizens Day: Prescribing opioids to senior citizens can be tricky

Posted in Addiction

The act of prescribing opioids to senior citizens needs a lot of care and caution. It is a sensitive issue which should be handled by doctors carefully. Senior patients, over the past decade, have received regular prescriptions of opioids like hydrocodone, codeine and oxycodone. These are the most abused opioids in the United States. Senior […]

08-16   Drug companies dole out over $46m to doctors for pushing their opioids, says study

Posted in Addiction, Opioid

Thousands of doctors have received lucrative kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies for prescribing opioids rampantly, revealed a recent study by the Boston Medical Center. The study found that between 2013 and 2015, as many as 68,177 doctors received over $46 million in payments from drug companies. The researchers felt that it was important to establish a […]

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