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Support grows for civil commitment of opioid users

Support grows for civil commitment of opioid users

Amid an opioid addiction epidemic that is killing more than 90 Americans every day, there is a growing movement to make it easier for relatives and health care providers to quickly secure court orders to forcibly confine and treat people who are addicted to drugs.

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

An estimated 1 in 9 Medicare beneficiaries are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and prescriptions for inhalers like Spiriva and Advair account for billions in Medicare spending each year. Yet, even with Medicare coverage many enrollees can’t afford their copays.

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Coaching overdose survivors to avoid the next one

Coaching overdose survivors to avoid the next one

Nationwide, tens of thousands of opioid overdose victims have been saved over the last two decades by first responders, friends, family and bystanders who administered naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote. But the majority of those who are rescued from near death go back to using drugs as soon as they leave the hospital, pushed by the brutal withdrawal symptoms that accompany an opioid overdose reversal.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma  best-sellers

Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma best-sellers

An ad campaign for a relatively rare neurological condition has helped fuel the controversy over how direct-to-consumer advertising — typified by ads that call on you to “ask your doctor” about a possible treatment — takes niche medicine and promotes its use for a broad range of patients and fosters the use of pricey prescription products when cheaper ones might suffice.

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
New meth surge gathers momentum

New meth surge gathers momentum

By Christine Vestal Stateline An Oklahoma narcotics agent displays 20 pounds of Mexican crystal meth seized from a drug dealer. As federal, state and local health officials focus on the opioid epidemic, the supply and use of methamphetamine is surging in Oklahoma and other Western, Midwestern and Southern states. © Courtesy of the Oklahoma Bureau […]

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

Recent research has linked the proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to serious side effects, including chronic kidney disease. The risk of chronic kidney disease is as much as 50 percent higher in people who’ve taken the drug compared with those who’ve not — although no causative link has been proven and manufacturers insist they are safe.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Public restrooms become ground zero in the opioid epidemic

Public restrooms become ground zero in the opioid epidemic

Increasingly, opioid users are using public bathrooms to inject drugs, forcing restaurant and shop owners to deal with overdoses. Some doctors, nurses and public health workers argue any solution to the opioid crisis will need to include safe injection sites, where users can get high with medical supervision.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overdose deaths from fentanyl and related drugs in Washington state on the rise

Overdose deaths from fentanyl and related drugs in Washington state on the rise

The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in Washington in 2016. Fentanyl is a fast-acting, powerful opioid – 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
As fentanyl spreads, states step up responses

As fentanyl spreads, states step up responses

As the deadly illicit opioid fentanyl spreads, state and local governments are accelerating their public health and law enforcement responses.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

The Washington State Department of Health for the 2016-2017 school year, 85 percent of kindergartners had received the required vaccinations to start school Nearly 5 percent of kindergartners have an exemption or waiver from immunizations on file for a medical, personal, or religious reason.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More