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.
Native Americans, make up less than 2% of the population, have higher rates of overdose deaths from prescription and illicit opioids than any other racial/ethnic group
Anyone who wants to get opioid overdose drug naloxone can now obtain the drug at any pharmacy in the state without a prescription.
It’s the first ruling to hold a pharmaceutical company responsible for one of the worst drug epidemics in American history.
Colorado, Illinois and New York now allow health professionals to recommend marijuana instead of addictive, potentially deadly opioid pain pills.
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.
In addition to effects on health care use, opioid misuse can also lead to significant declines in employment, which in turn rob states of expected tax revenue.
To stanch the death toll from fentanyl contamination in the illicit drug supply, health officials in New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle reaching out to customers in bars and clubs.
A six-step plan that took a system approach cut use of high-dose opioids by more than 14 percent.
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
All eyes will be on Oklahoma this week when the first case in a flood of litigation against opioid drug manufacturers begins Tuesday.
Federal agencies are urging doctors to evaluate the risks to patients on opioid pain medicines before abruptly tapering them off the highly addictive drugs.
The trend has a big impact on states, whose budgets often already are overstretched responding to the drug crisis and other needs.