Addiction

Abuse-deterrent opioids cross an ethical line

The Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, addressing agency staff in May 2017, called the problem of opioid abuse “unquestionably, our …

Tangled Incentives Push Drugmakers Away From an Opioid Solution

For the drug industry, building a better pain pill is a problem.<p>Pharmaceutical companies have introduced new medicines to treat dependence, reverse …

Business

Spoiling for an opioid fight: Lawyers lobby cities and counties to sue drugmakers

When Mike Eidson went to see Miami-Dade’s mayor about the county’s opioid crisis, the lawyer had a suggestion for some urgent action: Hire him and …

Coral Gables

Health Department steps up efforts to tackle opioid epidemic

The city Health Department is stepping up efforts to tackle the growing opioid epidemic.<p>It is investing an additional $3 million to raise awareness …

Inquest stalls over hospital drug query

An inquest was halted midway as questions were raised about drugs given to a Wigan man in hospital.<p>Coroner John Pollard said he wanted information …

Manchester

Dlamini launches anti-substance and alcohol abuse campaign in Western Cape

Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, on Thursday, launched her department’s festive season anti-substance and alcohol abuse campaign in …

News (South Africa)

Opinion: Relaxing patient privacy rules would worsen the opioid epidemic

As the national opioid epidemic continues to escalate, policymakers are increasingly desperate for solutions to stem the tide of devastation. Those …

Opioid Crisis

The 5 most addictive substances on the planet

Definitively ranking how addictive various substances are is tough work, even for scientists.<p>Each of us reacts differently to distinct drugs, from …

Doctors Who Hate Drug Users Are Fueling the Opioid Crisis

SPOS—or subhuman piece of shit—is old hospital slang for drug users. That attitude is still all over America's response to a drug epidemic.<p>For decades, many people dealing with addiction have been branded with an obscene label by their own doctors: SPOS—an acronym for “subhuman piece of shit." It's …

Medicine

A naloxone kit can reverse an overdose. Here’s how you can get one, and help save a life

By now, you’ve likely seen a naloxone kit.<p>It’s a small, zippered black case marked with a grey or red cross that holds a syringe and a life-saving …

CANNAPRESS: CBN: Cannabis for opioid recovery

We know about THC and CBD. Are you familiar with CBN?<p>My first introduction to this cannabinoid came while researching the potential benefits of …

Cannabis

Decision on supervised injection site in core coming soon

"I'm very supportive," said Eisenberger. "I'm hopeful council will accept this notion that this is going to be a positive thing, not a negative …

Canadian News

'I Went Through Sex-Addiction Therapy—Here's What It Was Like'

"Like sex addiction itself, the therapy wasn’t about sex at all."<p>In my mid-twenties, I was so terrified of acting on my sexual impulses that I hid inside my house.<p>My adolescence was spent feeling neglected and unloved by hardworking parents, and I turned to drinking and boys to take away the pain. …

One way to end meth addiction? Alter the DNA of addicts using gene therapy

Addiction Antibody<p>In a major step forward in addiction treatment, a group of scientists at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has …

Genetics

The Evidence Says Legal Marijuana Reduces Opiod Deaths But Chris Chistie Won't Believe It

Christie, chairman of a presidential commission on the opiod addiction epidemic, links marijuana to overdose deaths despite all the evidence to the contrary and none in support.<p>He may soon be out as governor of New Jersey, but Chris Christie continues to have an impact on one of his favorite …

Cannabis

You Can’t Treat Opioid Addiction While Ignoring Nicotine Addiction

Smoking cigarettes could increase risk of relapse into other drug use, experts say.<p>America is in the throes of an opioid crisis—and yet, it could be argued that tobacco is still a greater killer. About 64,000 people died of opioid overdose fatalities last year, while cigarette smoking causes more …

Health

Ex-drug dealer warns of marijuana addiction at cannabis legalization forum

Sherwood Park — Utah Johanson wears three rings on his fingers: a skull to show that death is always close, a Harley-Davidson ring from his dad and a …

Canadian News

Does Rehab for Sex Addiction Really Work?

The wave of Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals has put sex addiction in the spotlight —along with the treatment programs that address it.<p>Following …

Kevin Spacey

25 Investigates uncovers thousands of missing pills from local pharmacies

Updated: Nov 21, 2017 - 10:55 PM<p>Loading...<p>BOSTON -- 25 Investigates found more than 38,000 pills, patches and liquids have been reported lost or …

Cox Media Group

Opioid prescriptions in Canada on the rise over last 5 years

More than 21 million painkiller prescriptions dispensed last year alone<p>The overall number of prescriptions for opioids has increased over the last …

Nova Scotia

Price Theory Explains the Opiate Crisis

The American opioid epidemic reaches new highs every year. Last year, the number of Americans killed by overdosing on opiates surpassed the number of …

Conservative View

New report says opioid prescriptions on the rise in Canada, despite overdose crisis

Amid the horrific opioid crisis in B.C. and across Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information says the number of prescriptions for opioids …

Canada

Maryland testing a central piece of Trump's opioid response

Bernard Gyebi-Foster had a problem this year that underscored, on a small scale, the challenge facing public health officials battling the opioid …

Health Care

For opiate addiction, study finds drug-assisted treatment is more effective than detox

Say you’re a publicly-insured Californian with an addiction to heroin, fentanyl or prescription narcotics, and you want to quit.<p>New research suggests you can do it the way most treatment-seeking addicts in the state do — by undergoing a medically-supervised “detoxification” that’s difficult, …

Research

White House: one year of the opioid epidemic cost the US economy more than $500 billion

The White House’s estimate is considerably higher than previous studies’.<p>The opioid epidemic in 2015 cost the US economy more than $500 billion, according to a new report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).<p>The CEA analysis concluded that the opioid epidemic in 2015 cost between …

Politics

Substituting methadone for opioids could save billions

(Reuters Health) - Policymakers and insurers have been pushing people addicted to opioids into abstinence-based detox programs, but a new study concludes that methadone and similar drug-maintenance treatments save lives and money.<p>If the nearly 47,000 Californians who began treatment for opioid-use …

Annals of Internal Medicine

'The elephant in the room': Crystal meth use in Vancouver rises 600% over last decade

Before the current opioid crisis, doctors were struggling with skyrocketing crystal meth use — and still are<p>Crouched on the wet floor of the Overdose …

Vancouver

Opioid prescription crisis: Everyday Aussies not 'doctor shoppers' at heart of crisis, experts say

It's the innocuous prescription at the end of a six-minute consultation with a GP that usually starts it.<p>It might be a family member who's undergone …

Medicine

As opioid crisis worsens, a drug used to reverse overdoses can be difficult to access

A drug used to reverse opioid overdoses has been hailed for saving thousands of lives nationwide, but some municipalities are having trouble accessing it.<p>There has been a widespread push to distribute the drug, naloxone, to first responders and civilians in places that have been affected by the …

News (U.S.)

Opioid crisis driven by shady drug company tactics, investigators say

Many say the opioid crisis that has killed more than 183,000 Americans since 1999 is driven by crooked pharmaceutical executives who have done just …

Corruption