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New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

The app, called ODMAP, is designed to track drug overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal, by location, as they happen. And because the same application can be used by all state and local authorities, the resulting database is the first to support a nationwide map.

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

Drug testing, driven by the nation’s epidemic of painkiller addiction, generates profits across the doctor-owned network of 54 clinics, the largest pain-treatment practice in the Southeast. Medicare paid the company at least $11 million for urine and related tests in 2014, when five of its professionals stood among the nation’s top billers.

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

Studies have found that these confidential programs have about an 80 percent success rate, far higher than the typical success rate of 50 percent for the general population. Researchers believe its rewards-based strategy and extensive follow-up care could help many more of the roughly 20 million Americans who suffer from opioid and other drug and alcohol addictions.

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
In opioid declaration, Trump promises to speed Medicaid waivers for more beds

In opioid declaration, Trump promises to speed Medicaid waivers for more beds

In declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, President Donald Trump promised a variety of initiatives aimed at making more treatment available to people who are addicted to heroin and prescription pain pills.

October 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Desperate quest for herpes cure launched ‘rogue’ trial

Desperate quest for herpes cure launched ‘rogue’ trial

The lead U.S. researcher, William Halford, openly acknowledged he was flouting Food and Drug Administration regulations in the consent forms they signed. He would be injecting them with a live, though weakened, herpes virus without U.S. safety oversight.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

Outrage over the high cost of cancer care has focused on skyrocketing drug prices, including the $475,000 price tag for the country’s first gene therapy, Novartis’ Kymriah, a leukemia treatment approved in August. But the total costs of Kymriah and the 21 similar drugs in development — known as CAR T-cell therapies — will be far higher than many have imagined, reaching $1 million or more per patient.

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

The data show that the situation is dire and getting worse. Until opioids are prescribed more cautiously and until effective opioid addiction treatment becomes easier to access, overdose deaths will likely remain at record high levels.

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Illicit fentanyl found locally in fake opioid pills

Illicit fentanyl found locally in fake opioid pills

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug which is approximately 100 times more powerful than other opioids. Fentanyl can be in pills, powder and heroin. Public health officials are concerned about the potential for an increase in fentanyl in our region because it has caused dramatic increases in overdose deaths in other parts of the country.

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do pharma’s claims on drug prices pass the mell test? We found 5 stinkers.

Do pharma’s claims on drug prices pass the mell test? We found 5 stinkers.

Inventing, testing and launching a drug costs $2.6 billion, calculates the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. But industry substantially finances the center’s work. An independent study found the median cost of developing 10 cancer drugs was $648 million, while the median revenue per drug was $1.7 billion.

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted. It’s difficult to explain how drug addiction develops over time. To many, it looks like the constant search for pleasure.

September 30, 2017 | By | Reply More