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drug industry undermined dea as opioid epidemic exploded


in april 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in u.s. history, congress effectively stripped the drug enforcement administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets.by then, the opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of u.s. military deaths in the vietnam war. overdose deaths continue to rise. there is no end in sight.a handful of members of congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the dea and the justice department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by the washington post and “60 minutes.” the dea had opposed the effort for years.th






senator demands docs from big pharma as she probes their role in opioid epidemic


sen. claire mccaskill of missouri is investigating the role of five top opioid manufacturers in the national drug epidemic.






cvs to limit opioid drug prescriptions amid national epidemic


the cvs pharmacy benefits division will limit opioid distribution in an effort to combat an epidemic wreaking havoc on the lives of millions.        






trump’s drug czar nominee could be in trouble after report on drug industr


manchin calls on trump to withdraw drug czar nomination, saying marino is "unfit" for job and can't be trusted to confront opioid epidemic.        






four things americans should know about dr. scott gottlieb, the new head of the


america, you have a new commissioner at the food and drug administration.dr. scott gottlieb, a 44-year-old physician, was confirmed by the senate this week in a 75-42 vote. many democrats expressed concern about gottlieb’s financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. but sen. lamar alexander (r-tenn.), who chaired the panel that forwarded the nomination to the senate floor, countered that gottlieb’s extensive experience in the drug industry would be an asset in his regulatory role.here are four things you’ll want to know about gottlieb.his first priority is to address opioid drug use in the united states, but there’s only so much he can do.in his senate confirmation hearings in early april, gottlieb told senators that the epidemic of opiate drug abuse in the united states "is a public he






cvs to cap prescriptions to seven-day supply amid battling opioid epidemic


cvs pharmacy is battling the opioid epidemic with a new prescription plan that limits new patients to a seven-day supply, the company announced thursday. the drug store chain will also reach out to doctors about prescriptions that seem to be excessive, and put a cap on daily dosages. company officials...






jeff sessions won’t use weed to fight opioid epidemic


attorney general jeff sessions has a prescription for opioid and heroin addicts—and it’s not marijuana. sessions said in a statement that he was “astonished” by suggestions that medical marijuana could be a cure for the epidemic that’s ravaging the u.s,, telling reporters in richmond that medical use of the drug has “been hyped, maybe too much.”…






hepatitis c in pregnant women almost doubles amid opioid epidemic


the opioid epidemic currently plaguing the country is being blamed for a dramatic increase in the number of pregnant women with hepatitis c.an estimated 3.5 million americans live with hepatitis c, making it the country's most common blood-borne infection.a new report released thursday finds that hep c infections among pregnant women nearly doubled from 2009 to 2014. rural areas of states including tennessee and west virginia – the same areas hit hardest by the opioid epidemic – were disproportionately affected."if i overlayed a map of the united states and looked at rates of newborn opioid withdrawal after birth, it would be very similar," lead author stephen patrick, m.d., an assistant professor of pediatrics and health policy at vanderbilt university medical center, told cbs news. "we s






can chris christie put a dent in the opioid epidemic?


gov. chris christie, who’s been tapped by president trump to lead a task force on opioid and substance abuse, said wednesday that he’s ready to get to work.“this issue causes enormous pain and destruction to everyday families in every state in this country,” christie, a republican, said during a listening session at the white house.playvideocbs evening newsdoctors group issues recommendations on opioid epidemic an influential group of doctors demanded a top-to-bottom change in the way the u.s. handles addiction. over 22 million americans need treatment f... the focus on drug addiction and treatment is not new for christie. as governor of new jersey, he’s pushed to expand the availability of drug treatment and rehabilitation services, and he’s enacted measures to crack down on the opioid ep






blackburn cites ‘unintended consequences’ of opioid law


nashville, tenn. (ap) — republican rep. marsha blackburn, a candidate for the u.s. senate in tennessee, is calling for immediate addressing any “unintended consequences” of a federal law she co-sponsored that dialed back federal power to stop companies from distributing opioids.the washington post and cbs’ “60 minutes” reported sunday that the pharmaceutical industry-friendly law passed last year undermined the drug enforcement administration’s efforts to restrict the flow of pain pills that have led to tens of thousands of deaths.a blackburn spokesman noted that the legislation passed unanimously and was signed into law by democratic president barack obama.former rep. stephen fincher, who is also considering a republican senate bid, said the opioid epidemic is a top issue to tennesseans,






california atty. gen. xavier becerra announces probe of drugmakers over epidemic


citing an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths across the country, state atty. gen. xavier becerra said friday that california is joining with more than 26 other states to investigate whether drugmakers have used illegal marketing and sales practices.becerra said the probe would focus on whether drug manufacturers have played a role in creating or extending the opioid problem.makers of opioids have been under heat in recent years as the addiction crisis has intensified. a 2016 times investigation revealed that purdue pharma, which manufactures oxycontin, knew its drug's painkilling effects might not last as long as long as marketed, which could potentially promote addiction. the investigation also found purdue pharma collected extensive evidence of criminal trafficking of its drug but in man






slashing medicaid is probably the worst way to fight an opioid addiction epidemi


most readers know by now that deep cuts to medicaid over the next decade are a central feature of the healthcare reform proposal before the u.s. senate this week — and a terrible policy that would put health coverage out of reach for millions of americans. but here’s yet another reason why senators should think twice about voting for the better care reconciliation act: doing so would pull the rug out from under those fighting to stop the raging opioid epidemic.that should resonate with president trump, not just because opioid addiction has disproportionately affected states that powered his victory in november, including ohio, west virginia and kentucky, but also because trump promised on the campaign trail to stop the opioid scourge. in march, in fact, he formed a commission to study the






slashing medicaid is probably the worst way to fight an opioid addiction epidemi


most readers know by now that deep cuts to medicaid over the next decade are a central feature of the healthcare reform proposal before the u.s. senate this week — and a terrible policy that would put health coverage out of reach for millions of americans. but here’s yet another reason why senators should think twice about voting for the better care reconciliation act: doing so would pull the rug out from under those fighting to stop the raging opioid epidemic.that should resonate with president trump, not just because opioid addiction has disproportionately affected states that powered his victory in november, including ohio, west virginia and kentucky, but also because trump promised on the campaign trail to stop the opioid scourge. in march, in fact, he formed a commission to study the






long-term opioid addiction can start in the er


there’s a common thread in many accounts of opioid addiction: it all started with a single prescription after a minor injury or other medical issue.there are plenty of culprits in the opioid epidemic raging across the country, including the pharmaceutical industry, drug traffickers and economic stagnation. but there is little doubt that many thousands of opioid users got their first introduction to an opioid from a physician who wanted to treat their pain. and we’ve found unsettling evidence that whether you are prescribed an opioid, and whether a first opioid prescription turns into many, could be just a matter of chance.as medical researchers, we wanted to know how much pain treatment, and opioid prescribing in particular, depends on the practice style of the physician who happens to tre






long-term opioid addiction can start in the er


there’s a common thread in many accounts of opioid addiction: it all started with a single prescription after a minor injury or other medical issue.there are plenty of culprits in the opioid epidemic raging across the country, including the pharmaceutical industry, drug traffickers and economic stagnation. but there is little doubt that many thousands of opioid users got their first introduction to an opioid from a physician who wanted to treat their pain. and we’ve found unsettling evidence that whether you are prescribed an opioid, and whether a first opioid prescription turns into many, could be just a matter of chance.as medical researchers, we wanted to know how much pain treatment, and opioid prescribing in particular, depends on the practice style of the physician who happens to tre






the opioid epidemic and the pharmaceutical industry's role (2 letters)


rj sangosti, denver post filecolorado attorney general cynthia coffman is joining a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general across the country that is investigating whether, and possibly how, drug manufacturers broke any laws in marketing opioids — and any connection their work may have to the painkiller and heroin epidemic in colorado and nationally.re: “how culpable are opioid makers? ask your state’s attorney general,” june 20 editorial. thank you for the editorial about the culpability of opioid makers. it’s about time the questionable ethics and obvious greed of these pharmaceutical companies get called out. we have a nationwide opioid epidemic, a crisis initiated by the medical community and supported enthusiastically by the opioid makers.i hope the investigations that colorado att






pennsylvania congressman to be named drug czar by trump


pennsylvania congressman tom marino is expected to step down from his seat to take on a new role in the trump administration. multiple sources tell cbs news that marino will head up the office of national drug control policy (ondcp), assuming the informal title of drug czar. a source familiar with personnel moves in the white house says that marino is in the final stages of completing his paperwork and an official announcement is forthcoming. when asked for comment, the white house said it had no personnel announcements at this time. marino’s office had no comment.marino, who is serving his third term representing pennsylvania’s rural 10th congressional district, was appointed to serve on the house’s bipartisan committee combating the opioid epidemic in 2016 after the enactment of two bill






america’s heroin epidemic starts in mexico – the denver post


by polly mosendz,bloombergamerica faces its worst drug crisis in decades, with heroin and opioid use tripling since 2010. as various federal agencies roll out their annual strategy reports, the government declared that-as was the case in previous drug frenzies-all of the heroin used in the u.s. comes from abroad. only now, instead of southeast asia’s golden triangle or remote south america, the primary source is just next door, in a country with already delicate u.s. relations.this week, the state department delivered some 600 pages to congress detailing the transnational drug trade, putting together data from the u.n., drug enforcement administration, immigration and customs enforcement, and a variety of other entities. “the opioid epidemic demands urgent action as a top priority of u.s.






how smoking weed can help ease the crack epidemic


north america is in the midst of a drug overdose disaster. in british columbia, canada, where nearly 1,000 people died of overdose in 2016, officials have declared a public health emergency. while over-prescription of painkillers and contamination of the illegal opioid supply by fentanyl, a potent synthetic analgesic, are at the heart of the problem, opioid…






president says he will declare national opioid emergency next week


washington – president donald trump said monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in rep. tom marino, r-pa., his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that marino helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies.trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a washington post/"60 minutes" investigation that marino was a key lawmaker in supporting the bill that sailed through congress last year with virtually no opposition.democrats also called on trump to drop marino as his pick to lead the office of national drug control policy.speaking in the white house rose garden, trump said he will have a "major announcement, probably next week" about






the u.s. has an opioid epidemic, and the trump administration is cracking down o


toby talbot, associated press filein 2015, drug overdoses took an estimated 52,000 american lives, about two-thirds of the cases tied to abuse of opioids, including oxycontin.police near daytona beach, fla., recently came upon an suv with the motor running and three little kids in the back. the parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose.the city of east liverpool, ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another dead overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open from a heroin overdose, a 4-year-old strapped in back. as its facebook page explained, “it is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis.”an opioid epidemic is upon us. in 2015, drug overdoses took an estimated 52,000 lives, about two-thirds of the cases tied to opioid abuse. opioids






philadelphia to mull safe injection sites in opioid fight


philadelphia (ap) — a task force charged with outlining ways for philadelphia to combat its opioid epidemic has recommended the city consider allowing safe sites, where drug users could inject heroin.gov. tom wolf was on hand friday as mayor jim kenney outlined the task force’s findings. kenney convened the 23-member group in january.“the opioid epidemic has been taking lives, destroying families and undermining the quality of life of philadelphians across the city,” kenney said. “this report and its recommendations offer a roadmap as to how, together, we can take action and adequately address this problem to reduce use and the devastating loss of life this epidemic is causing.”experts predict philadelphia’s opioid deaths this year will exceed 2016 numbers, reaching nearly 1,200 deaths, sa






links found between childhood emotional abuse and opioid epidemic


is opioid drug abuse in adults linked to emotional abuse they might have faced during their childhood? if you are to believe the researchers at the university of vermont, then these two have a close association. a new study published in an issue of the journal addictive behaviors found that children who have been emotionally abused…






church hands out opioid reversal drug at family festival


cincinnati — some people have questioned an ohio church's decision to hand out the opioid reversal drug naloxone at a family festival.wlwt-tv reports (http://bit.ly/2rwbiue ) holy family catholic church in cincinnati's east price hill neighborhood partnered with the ohio attorney general's office to distribute nearly 70 overdose kits last weekend.parish operations manager jeremy bouer said providing the kits was the right thing to do because people need to be equipped to save lives when someone overdoses.not everyone agrees. one woman at the festival said it was an inappropriate setting and sends the wrong message to drug users. another woman said the church should help those in need.naloxone has become widely available in recent years as the opioid epidemic has taken root in ohio, killing






amid opioid epidemic, white house may cut drug control office budget


budget cuts are apparently being eyed for office of national drug control policy        






to curb opioid epidemic, california bill would tax painkillers to fund treatment


as concerns mount over prescription drug abuse, a california legislator wants to impose a tax on addictive opioid medications and use the funds to expand prevention and rehabilitation services. assemblyman kevin mccarty (d-sacramento) has introduced a bill that would impose a one-cent-per-milligram surcharge on prescription opioids sold in california. the tax would be imposed on wholesalers who import the medication into the state, not at the point of sale, and it would require a two-thirds approval vote in the legislature. “california’s opioid epidemic has cost state taxpayers millions and the lives of too many of our sons and daughters,” mccarty said in a statement. “we must do more to help these individuals find hope and sobriety. this plan will provide counties with critical resources






christie compares today’s opioid epidemic to aids crisis in ’80s


atlantic city — addressing a conference of addiction treatment professionals friday, gov. chris christie said the state’s opioid addiction epidemic reminds him of another disease outbreak: the hiv and aids crisis in the 1980s. “there’s a lot of similarities,” he said. “people who are in denial about the lives that are being lost; certain value judgements…






li churches, schools form group to fight opioid addiction


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe rev. eric olsen, seen on sunday, april 23, 2017, is one of the founders of the long island covenant to end the opioid epidemic, which is planning its first event, action against opioids, at st. anthony's high school on wednesday. (credit: steve pfost) churches, school districts and students are forming a new front against the opioid crisis on long island as they prepare for their first event next week.the long island covenant to end the opioid epidemic was developed over the past year by a multifaith coalition with the goal of providing “pastoral care and support” for victims of substance abuse after clergy had become frustrated with the...






u.s. drug deaths rising faster than ever


akron, ohio – drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the united states, according to preliminary data compiled by the new york times.the death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. our estimate of 62,500 deaths would be a 19 percent increase over the 52,404 recorded in 2015.drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among americans younger than 50, and all evidence suggests the problem has continued to worsen in 2017.because drug deaths take a long time to certify, the centers for disease control and prevention will not be able to calculate final numbers until december. the times compile






florida legislature looks at combating opioid epidemic


tallahassee, fla. (ap) — despite having spent years investigating drug crimes and slayings in philadelphia, a florida sheriff told a state senate committee on tuesday that he hasn’t seen anything like the current opioid epidemic in florida.“when i first started in law enforcement in 1987 it was crack cocaine and the open air drug markets. then they moved to houses,” said volusia county sheriff michael chitwood. “now the addicted person sits in front of their computer and the postal service delivers to their homes.”combating opiate addiction will be a major priority of the florida legislature when next year’s session begins on jan. 9. chitwood was one of eight professionals from law enforcement, emergency services and treatment centers who testified in front of the health policy committee.g






opioid prescribing is falling in the us, but not everywhere


new york — a new u.s. report finds overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but rising in more than 1 in 5 counties.the report released thursday is the latest to show a decline in opioid prescribing as regulators and others have pushed doctors to cut back.the overall prescribing rate fell 13 percent between 2010 and 2015. but researchers found local differences. opioid prescribing is six times higher in some counties than others.the report presents county-level data from 59,000 pharmacies. prescribing declined in about half of u.s. counties between 2010 and 2015, but rose in many others.the researchers say closing pill mills and other factors may have shifted rates from place to place.opioids are driving what is the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in u.s. histo






police: 7 arrested in ongoing effort to fight drug trade


nashua, n.h. (ap) — new hampshire police say they’ve arrested seven people in an ongoing effort to break up the drug trade in nashua.the investigation and subsequent arrests thursday are part of the nashua police department’s granite shield operation. the nashua telegraph reports the operation is funded through a state program aimed at targeting drug dealers during the current opioid epidemic.the state awarded $261,000 to city police last month to fund drug investigations through the granite hammer program. this is the second year in a row nashua has been awarded grant money.police lt. brian kenney says the city has seen a 25 percent drop in opioid overdoses, and drug dealers with large operations have stopped coming into the city.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks._






minn. opioid deaths are on the rise despite intervention


deaths from opioid overdoses increased again in minnesota last year, despite heightened law enforcement and a massive decline in doctors prescribing opioid painkillers.a star tribune analysis of state death certificate data found 402 opioid-related deaths in 2016, up from 344 in 2015.overdoses of illicit heroin and potent synthetic opioids such as fentanyl drove the increase. there was little change in the number of deaths caused by common painkillers such as hydrocodone that have been blamed for starting the opioid epidemic.the trend suggests that efforts to reduce painkiller prescriptions won’t be enough to reduce fatalities, because many who started abusing prescriptions have switched to heroin.“it’s kind of like we let the cat out of the bag, and now there is a separate opioid epidemic






sen. claire mccaskill opens probe of opioid drugmakers


sen. claire mccaskill, d-mo.(photo: jack gruber, usa today) 12 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — a top senate democrat is investigating the role drug companies may have played in fueling the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic— demanding internal documents from five leading drugmakers on the marketing tactics for opioid painkillers and what, if anything, the companies knew about the dangers of those drugs.sen. claire mccaskill, d-mo., on tuesday requested reams of information from the nation’s top five opioid manufacturers, including:any internal studies that may have detailed the possible risks of addiction and abuse associated with painkillers such as oxycontin and other powerful opioid medicationsmarketing and business plans — including quotas for sales representatives — to increase s






sen. claire mccaskill opens probe of opioid drugmakers


sen. claire mccaskill, d-mo.(photo: jack gruber, usa today) 23 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — a top senate democrat is investigating the role drug companies may have played in fueling the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic— demanding internal documents from five leading drugmakers on the marketing tactics for opioid painkillers and what, if anything, the companies knew about the dangers of those drugs.sen. claire mccaskill, d-mo., on tuesday requested reams of information from the nation’s top five opioid manufacturers, including:any internal studies that may have detailed the possible risks of addiction and abuse associated with painkillers such as oxycontin and other powerful opioid medicationsmarketing and business plans — including quotas for sales representatives — to increase s






trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee who helped weaken dea


president donald trump said monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in rep. tom marino, r-pa., his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies.trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a washington post/"60 minutes" investigation that marino helped guide legislation that sailed through congress last year with virtually no opposition.trump said "we're going to be looking into" the investigation, while many democrats and at least one republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. democrats also called on trump to drop marino as his pick to lead the of






travel ban ruling: 9th circuit will not reinstate travel ban


the 9th circuit court of appeals announced it will not reinstate president trump’s 90-day ban on travelers from seven countries: iraq, iran, syria, sudan, libya, yemen and somalia. the government had asked for a stay of a temporary restraining order that suspended the implementation of the travel ban.“[t]he emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is denied,” the ruling read. this is not a decision on the merits -- it merely keeps the temporary restraining order suspending the travel ban in place. a three-judge panel heard arguments over the phone on tuesday and will rule on whether to keep in place a lower court’s temporary restraining order that blocked the travel ban from being implemented.on urday, judge james robart, a george w. bush appointee, issued a temporary nationwide restrain