Patient “brokers” can make initial commissions of as much as $2,000 for each patient they recruit for for-profit opioid treatment programs.
Fentanyl has been found in illicit M30, V48 and A215 pills and various powder products.
Anyone who wants to get opioid overdose drug naloxone can now obtain the drug at any pharmacy in the state without a prescription.
Clinics tout high success rates that appeal to vulnerable people suffering from addiction, even if there’s no solid evidence to support their claims or methods.
Study identified 412 counties are at least twice as likely to be at high risk for opioid overdose deaths and to lack providers who can deliver medications to treat opioid use disorder.
A six-step plan that took a system approach cut use of high-dose opioids by more than 14 percent.
Heroin and opioids continue to be the most common drugs associated with fatal overdoses, while deaths involving methamphetamine continued to rise sharply.
Life inside the seesaw struggle of dual addiction.
As opioid addiction and overdoses escalated into an epidemic, many surgeons continued to hand out far more pills than needed for postoperative pain relief
The opioid crisis is not, at its root, a problem of pain. It is a mental health crisis.
People with an opioid addiction are at much higher risk for suicide than the rest of the population.
The trend has a big impact on states, whose budgets often already are overstretched responding to the drug crisis and other needs.
More than a third of those visits involved a diagnosis of mental illness.