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Health insurer Aetna to waive co-pays for Narcan beginning 2018

12-14   Health insurer Aetna to waive co-pays for Narcan beginning 2018

To address the worsening opioid epidemic in the United States and increase the access to health care services, insurance provider Aetna has decided to waive the co-pays for Narcan, a powerful opioid antidote, for its fully-insured commercial members, beginning January 2018. This initiative will help in removing the financial barriers to the lifesaving medication. For […]


West Virginia witnesses surge in use of anxiety medicines

12-11   West Virginia witnesses surge in use of anxiety medicines

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West Virginia has recorded the highest use of anxiety and nerve medicines among all the states in the United States, reported the West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA). According to Dr. Brad Henry, president, WVSMA, benzodiazepine abuse in West Virginia is rising—with a 71.9 prescription per 100 people in the state. It is way above […]


Insufficient insurance coverage may push mentally ill toward drug addiction

12-11   Insufficient insurance coverage may push mentally ill toward drug addiction

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Being a victim of physical abuse as a child, in addition to a tumultuous and troubled environment at home, 17-year-old Jeremy Jones (name changed) was pushed to spend more time outside.  Jeremy struggled with bipolar episodes since the age of 14, but he never got professional help to combat the condition. When he made an […]


FDA approves monthly injection for combating opioid addiction

12-04   FDA approves monthly injection for combating opioid addiction

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Amid the Trump administration’s efforts to combat the overdose crisis in the country, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 30, 2017, approved a monthly injection-based medicine to treat patients recovering from addiction to prescription opioids and heroin. According to federal authorities, the buprenorphine injection is capable of minimizing deadly relapses that could occur […]


Heroin overdose cases doubled in West Virginia since drug monitoring database came into being, says study

11-22   Heroin overdose cases doubled in West Virginia since drug monitoring database came into being, says study

As the United States continues to struggle with the never-ending opioid crisis, different federal agencies have been taking one step after the other hoping to curb the menace. One such important step is the state drug monitoring database. Statewide prescription drug monitoring programs are being used in 49 states, with 36 of them passing laws […]


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