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Study finds link between opioid addiction and criminal justice system

07-12   Study finds link between opioid addiction and criminal justice system

Over 50 percent of Americans who suffer from an opioid or heroin use disorder have also had contact with the criminal justice system, A according to a recent study published in the JAMA Network Open. Tyler Winkelman, M.D., M.Sc. of Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, and one of the co-authors of the study, observed that an […]


New laws limiting opioid prescriptions come into effect in three states

07-05   New laws limiting opioid prescriptions come into effect in three states

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Three U.S. states — Florida, Michigan and Tennessee — are set to comply with the new laws restricting doctors from prescribing excessive opioids to patients. Starting July 1, physicians in Michigan cannot prescribe more than a seven-day supply of opioids for patients battling post-surgical pain, and other painful conditions, such as bone and back injuries. […]


U.S. Policy on the Opioid Epidemic: A State of Confusion

06-05   U.S. Policy on the Opioid Epidemic: A State of Confusion

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By Lise Millay Stevens When it comes to combatting the U.S. opioid epidemic, the current administration appears to be in a self-induced haze. According to WJHL News, agents from the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration raided nine clinics in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee that provide medication-assisted therapy, a bonafide treatment option for opioid addiction. Behavioral […]


FDA approves first non-opioid drug to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms

05-18   FDA approves first non-opioid drug to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 16, 2018 approved the use of first non-opioid drug to manage withdrawal symptoms in chronic opioid users. While the drug, Lucemyra (lofexidine hydrochloride), can help alleviate the misery accompanying opioid withdrawal, experts say the medication may not deal with symptoms completely. Lucemyra is an oral, selective […]


Lawsuits hold drug manufacturers and distributors accountable for rising insurance premiums

05-04   Lawsuits hold drug manufacturers and distributors accountable for rising insurance premiums

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In a first-of-their-kind lawsuits, multiple litigations have been filed in five states against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors over an increase in health insurance premiums. These lawsuits seek unspecified damages from these companies by holding them accountable for the rising health insurance premiums nationwide. The suits charge these companies of conspiring and creating a public […]


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