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Purdue Pharmaceuticals Says It Will Stop the Aggressive Opioid Marketing That Made It Billions

Purdue Pharmaceuticals, one of the companies which has made billions of dollars selling massive amounts of opioids across the country even as …

To understand why America’s opioid epidemic keeps getting worse, just look at this map

If we don’t provide even the bare minimum in evidence-based treatment, this crisis will keep getting worse.<p>America’s opioid epidemic keeps getting worse, with the latest data showing that drug overdose deaths in the US climbed by roughly 21 percent between 2015 and 2016 — from a record high of more …

5 suburban counties suing drug companies over opioid epidemic

Five suburban counties in Illinois filed lawsuits Thursday against several pharmaceutical companies, joining a growing nationwide effort to hold drug manufacturers accountable for the opioid epidemic.<p>Prosecutors in DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry and Lake counties said in a statement that the …

Wave of addiction linked to fentanyl worsens as drugs, distribution, evolve

NASHUA, N.H. — Michelle MacLeod died in a tough part of town known as the Tree Streets, where many of the streets have names like Ash, Palm, Chestnut and Walnut. Kevin Manchester, who provided the fentanyl that killed her, lived on Pine.<p>After MacLeod's death, Nashua police wired her fiance and …

Dominican Republic

America’s opioid epidemic is so bad it’s causing average life expectancy to drop

A new study looks at the numbers — and they’re fairly grim.<p>The typical American was expected to die a little earlier in 2015 than 2014 — and a dramatic rise in drug overdose deaths is largely to blame, according to a new study in <i>JAMA</i>.<p>The study examined changes in life expectancy between 2000 and …

Painkillers

How disreputable rehabs game Google to profit off patients

She turned to Google for help getting sober. Then she had to escape a nightmare.<p>Leasha Ali had been drunk for the last two days, but she didn’t want to be anymore. The 39-year-old math teacher and mother of two was in a spiral familiar to anyone who’s struggled with addiction. A difficult event — a …

Drug Addiction

Ohio's Opioid Suit Should Be Thrown Out, Purdue Pharma Argues

The state of Ohio’s lawsuit against opioid maker Purdue Pharma should be thrown out because it runs afoul of federal drug regulations and doesn’t …

Medicine

There's only one deadly conspiracy Americans really need to think about

I get angrier still thinking about the conspiracy going on right under everyone's noses — one that is never framed as such. We talk about it, but never the right way. The opioid crisis didn't fall out of the sky. It was the outcome of a concerted effort by some drug companies to get as many people …

Opioids

Report: Drug company faked cancer patients to sell drug

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> When Insys Therapeutics got approval to sell an ultra-powerful opioid for cancer patients with acute pain in 2012, it soon discovered a problem: finding enough cancer patients to use the drug.<p>To boost sales, the company allegedly took patients who didn't have cancer and made it …

Corruption

Want to understand how big pharma helped create the opioid epidemic? Read this report.

A new, blistering Senate report shows how one opioid company misled patients and insurers to sell its drug.<p>A major pharmaceutical company lied and misrepresented its powerful opioid product for profit, putting people at risk in the worsening opioid epidemic, according to a new bombshell report by …

Medicine

Nelsan Ellis' family helped fight addiction stigma by speaking out about his death

In the immediate wake of Nelsan Ellis' death from complications following heart failure, his family did something remarkable.<p>On Monday, after news of …

Mental Health

In 2016, drug overdoses likely killed more Americans than the entire wars in Vietnam and Iraq

The latest harrowing statistic from America’s opioid epidemic.<p>Every year for the past few years, we’ve gotten even more horrible statistics showing the harrowing impact of the opioid epidemic on America. In 2015, overall drug overdose deaths, largely as a result of the opioid crisis, reached a new …

This Drug Could Help End Opioid Addiction

So why are only 3 percent of doctors prescribing it?<p><i>Read the rest of Tonic's opioid coverage here.</i><p>By just about all accounts, buprenorphine is a pretty good way to help those who are addicted to heroin and other opiates reduce their use or quit altogether. Since it was approved for clinical use by …

Prosthetics

The opioid crisis changed how doctors think about pain - Vox

WILLIAMSON, West Virginia — This town on the eastern border of Kentucky has 3,150 residents, one hotel, one gas station, one fire station — and about 50 opiate overdoses each month.<p>On the first weekend of each month, when public benefits like disability get paid out, the local fire chief estimates …

The One-Paragraph Letter From 1980 That Fueled the Opioid Crisis

Because it was published in the most prestigious U.S. medical journal, its influence snowballed in a dangerous way.<p>What do you do when a letter in a prestigious medical journal has been so routinely mis-cited it’s taken on a life of its own? Like when pharmaceutical companies have used its data to …

Home-Based Drug Treatment Program Costs Less And Works

Hannah Berkowitz is 20 years old. When she was a senior in high school her life flew off the rails.<p>She was getting high on whatever drugs she could get her hands on. She was suicidal. Berkowitz moved into a therapeutic boarding school to get sober, but could only stay sober while she was on campus …

Drug Addiction

The Most Exhilarating Drives in California

It’s easy to think of driving in California as a series of directions from one freeway to the other. Yes, taking the 405 to the 101 to the 5 to the …

The Most Exhilarating Drives in Arizona

Arizona isn’t just desert and sky. Arizona is chock full of brilliant roads for serious driving enjoyment. Every driver with three pedals or a direct …

Drug Companies Have Been Pumping Opiates into West Virginia

Nine million oxycodone doses into a town of 392 people.<p>Another rousing cheer for local reporting. (Please, for the love of god, subscribe to your local newspaper.) Let's make the huzzahs muted, however, because what Eric Eyre brings to us here in <i>The West Virginia Gazette-Mail</i> is an almost …

Medicine

Brain, Mind, Body And The Disease Of Addiction

The standard definition of drug or alcohol addiction is that it's a chronic, incurable disease of the brain.<p>In a comprehensive report on the topic, published last month, the surgeon general gives this familiar definition a more positive spin. He eschews the "cure" word and focuses instead on the …

Consciousness

Congress Is About To Pass A Bill That Shows D.C. At Its Worst -- It May Also Turn Around The Opioid Crisis And Cure Cancer

WASHINGTON ― In 1996, Purdue Pharma introduced a new painkiller it said carried a low risk of abuse or addiction. It called the drug “OxyContin.”<p>In reality, of course, OxyContin was extremely addictive — and Purdue knew it. A decade later, three Purdue executives, and the company itself, pleaded …

Mitch McConnell

U.S. surgeon general issues 'a new call to action' on addiction

When Dr. Vivek Murthy left his Massachusetts hospital to become U.S. surgeon general, the nurses who had known him since he was a resident had a parting plea: Do something about addiction.<p>On Thursday, Murthy tried to make good on that request with the release of a first-of-its-kind report calling …

Prisons fight opioids with $1G injection: Does it work?

U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released, but skeptics question its effectiveness and say the manufacturer has aggressively marketed an unproven drug to corrections officials.<p>A single shot of …

Drug Addiction

How North America Found Itself in the Grips of an Opioid Crisis

From pharmaceutical deception to prohibition without rehabilitation, we look at the mistakes that got us here.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>The story of today's prescription opioid overdose crisis didn't start this year, or ten years ago, or even 100 years ago. It starts with a …

Medicine

Why the Codependency Myth of Drug Addiction Needs to Die

The dubious idea that we might "enable" our partners or loved ones suffering from addiction lingers—despite being unscientific and straight-up harmful.<p>Chances are, if you have been affected by drug addiction or just watched enough reality TV, you've heard something about the concept of …

Drug Addiction

The Way We Talk About Drug 'Abuse' Is Harmful -- And It Needs To Change

Substance use disorder is a medical circumstance ― a brain disease that can be targeted and treated. But when we use words like “junkie” and “crackhead,” we frame the issue in moral terms, suggesting that people with substance use disorders simply lack the willpower to get better.<p>And that’s not …

Mental Health

Reducing prescription opioid addiction by switching receptors

Addiction to opioid painkillers is a growing concern. A study, published this week in <i>Cell Reports</i>, investigates the possibility of targeting a …

Purdue Pharma rejects request from New Hampshire attorney general for information on suspected diversion of OxyContin

The top law enforcement official in New Hampshire, a state ravaged by the opioid epidemic, accused the manufacturer of OxyContin on Friday of stonewalling demands for information the company collects about suspected criminal trafficking of its painkiller.<p>"They are just refusing to turn over …

US surgeon general sends warning letter to all doctors on opioid epidemic

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the next few days, every doctor in the United States will be receiving this letter (PDF) from the US surgeon general.<p>It's the first time that America's top doctor has reached out to all physicians.<p>But Dr. Vivek Murthy has an urgent reason: Americans are dying each year by the tens of …

Medicine