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cdc releases grim new opioid overdose figures: 'we're talking about more than an


the national opioid epidemic escalated in 2016, driven by an unprecedented surge in deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opiates, according to new data released thursday by the centers for disease control and prevention.more than 42,000 americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016, a 28 percent increase over 2015. the number of people fatally overdosing on fentanyl and other synthetic opiates more than doubled, from 9,580 in 2015 to 19,413 in 2016. deaths due to heroin were up nearly 20 percent, and deaths from other opiate painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, were up 14 percent.overdose deaths from all drugs, including non-opioids, stood at 63,600 last year, an increase of 21 percent over the 2015 number."it's even worse than it looks," said keith humphreys, an addiction spec






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.        






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...






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…






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.”…






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...






why there's an opioid crisis


the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions in the united states. loads of media outlets, including john oliver, have done stories on the opioid crisis, but few of them are digging into the science of the opioid crisis. this scishow installment explains what opioids do to your brain, why they’re so addictive, and what scientists are doing to help save people from overdosing on opioids. unfortunately, despite the work being done, there’s a still long way to go.full story at youtube.more science. posted by josh urich






report shows differences in chicago, suburban opioid problem


chicago (ap) — the chicago urban league has released a report indicating the opioid problem in the city of chicago, especially among african-americans, is far worse than many believe. cbs chicago reports the study’s co-author is kathie kane-willis. she contends last year the opioid death rate among african-americans in the city was 56 percent higher than for whites. she notes that the narrative about the opioid epidemic from is about its impact on white, suburban and rural america.kane-willis claims that in the suburbs and among whites the main approach to the epidemic is treatment, the main strategy in chicago among african-americans is arrest and prosecution.kane-willis said she hopes the report raises awareness about the opioid problem among african-americans. and she hopes it leads to






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






trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency | news


us president donald trump has declared the country's opioid crisis a "public health emergency", but stopped short of issuing an order that would allocate more federal funds to address the epidemic.opioids are a type of drugs that include illegal substances, such as heroin, and legal painkillers - medications such as oxycodone, codeine and morphine are all types of opioids."effective today, my administration is officially declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law," trump said during a speech addressing the issue on thursday."i am directing all executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis," he said. "we can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic."according to the latest figures from the center for d






minnesota opioid deaths climbing despite attention, 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






minnesota opioid deaths rise despite attention, 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






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






confronting the opioid epidemic: women are affected disproportionately


the opioid epidemic’s disproportionate impact on women is the latest, and most destructive, symptom of wider gender-based disparities that leave millions of american women in worse health than men.data show that deaths among women from opioid overdose have increased at a much faster rate than for men, 400 percent compared with 265 percent. and states where doctors write the most opioid prescriptions per 100 residents are also states with the widest disparities in men’s and women’s health.alabama has the worst ranking in the assessment i did of gender-based health disparities. it is the nation’s biggest dispenser of opioids, with 125 prescriptions written for every 100 residents in 2015. and it is just the beginning. in all, seven of the 10 worst states for gender disparities also show up i






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






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






trump set to make opioid announcement; victims of crisis want action not more wo


president donald trump promised during the campaign to aggressively take on the opioid crisis, but his efforts to address the public health epidemic since taking office have been more show than substance.he has organized a commission to study the issue, but his administration has not addressed the problems outlined in its initial report.he has listened to the stories of people in recovery and the parents of children who have died of overdoses, but much of his public-messaging is focused on telling people to not start taking drugs.and he has promised "to help those who have become so badly addicted," but he has not secured a significant increase in funding for treatment while backing republican health-care plans that would cut medicaid funding instrumental in getting more people treatment.o






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






n. carolina county sues opioid manufacturers, distributors


asheville, n.c. (ap) — a north carolina county has filed a federal lawsuit against multiple drug manufacturers and distributors that it says are responsible for fueling the local opioid epidemic.the asheville citizen-times reports buncombe county commissioners and attorneys with the dallas-based firm baron and budd announced the public nuisance lawsuit during a news conference tuesday. the lawsuit lists 23 defendants, including firms that sell oxycontin, percocet and norco, and alleges they engaged in “false, deceptive and unfair marketing and/or unlawful diversion of prescription opioids.”the county says the lawsuit aims to relieve taxpayers of the economic burden associated with the opioid epidemic. the county hasn’t specified how much it will seek in monetary damages.state data shows bu






gop medicaid cuts would hit states fighting opioid epidemic


washington (ap) — the republican drive to roll back barack obama’s health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that’s not letting up.medicaid cuts resulting from the gop legislation would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis, according to state data and lawmakers in both parties.the house health care bill would phase out expanded medicaid, which allows states to provide federally backed insurance to low-income adults previously not eligible. many people in that demographic are in their 20s and 30s and dealing with opioid addiction.according to data compiled by the associated press, medicaid expansion accounted for 61 percent of total medicaid spending on substance abuse treatment in kentucky, 47 percent in west virginia, 56 percent in mich






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






trump to issue limited emergency declaration to combat the opioid epidemic


president trump plans to direct the u.s. department of health and human services on thursday to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency in response to the deadly opioid epidemic, according to senior administration officials.but the president, who is scheduled to address the epidemic later thursday, will stop short of declaring a broader national emergency and will not make any additional federal money available to confront a crisis that last year killed more than 64,000 americans.administration officials say they hope congress will provide more funding in a spending bill later this year, though officials would not say how much money the white house is seeking.“this is an urgent priority for the president,” one senior administration official said thursday.trump has been under press






trump to issue limited emergency declaration to combat the opioid epidemic – la


president trump plans to direct the u.s. department of health and human services on thursday to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency in response to the deadly opioid epidemic, according to senior administration officials.but the president, who is scheduled to address the epidemic later thursday, will stop short of declaring a broader national emergency and will not make any additional federal money available to confront a crisis that last year killed more than 64,000 americans.administration officials say they hope congress will provide more funding in a spending bill later this year, though officials would not say how much money the white house is seeking."this is an urgent priority for the president," one senior administration official said thursday.trump has been under press






5 suburban counties suing drug companies over opioid epidemic


five suburban counties in illinois filed lawsuits thursday against more than seven pharmaceutical companies, joining a growing effort to hold manufacturers accountable for the nation’s opioid epidemic.prosecutors in dupage, kane, will, mchenry and lake counties said in a statement that the “aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers” has led to a “corporate-caused drug epidemic.”officials said they filed the actions to stem the flow of opioids into communities and hold the manufacturers accountable for the damage done. the lawsuits do not specify the amount of damages sought.“the source of this crisis is not street corners,” lake county state’s attorney michael nerheim said in a news conference in wheaton announcing the litigation. “it’s in boardrooms.”the illin






experts: opioid crisis is hitting georgia especially hard


athens, ga. (ap) — the nation’s deepening opioid epidemic is hitting georgia harder than most states, experts say.that’s one of the messages that came out of a recent conference at the university of georgia.some of the highest opioid use is in the rust belt and the southeast, authorities said.medicaid statistics show high opioid use in parts of southeast georgia, northwest georgia and several counties to the north and east of athens, the athens banner-herald reports .most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.from 2009 to 2014, georgia’s rate of increase in the number of patient encounters related to opioids led the nation, said michael crooks of alliant quality, a healthcare consulting firm.the university of georgia college of public health’s annual “state of the public’s h






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






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…






basic pain pills are as effective as opioids, study finds


emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? a new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as tylenol and motrin worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain. the results challenge common er practice for treating short-term, severe pain and could prompt changes that would help prevent new patients from becoming addicted. the study has limitations: it only looked at short-term pain relief in the emergency room and researchers didn't evaluate how patients managed their pain after leaving the hospital. but given the scope of the u.s. opioid epidemic — more than 2 million americans are addicted to opioid painkillers or heroi






ohio coroner runs out of room for bodies due to spike in opioid deaths


cbs/apmay 23, 2017, 2:40 pmdayton, ohio -- for the second time this year, a coroner's office in ohio has run out of space for dead bodies due to the opioid epidemic, cbs pittsburgh reports. the tribune-review reports the montgomery county office had 13 bodies on monday. twelve of them were overdoses.coroner dr. kent harshbarger, says they have already expanded the cooler once last year because space for 36 wasn't enough. it now holds 42 bodies. "if this pace continues, i'm not really sure what we're going to do," dr. harshbarger told the trib. "it's full every night."in february the coroner's office also ran out of space due to the opioid epidemic. dr. harshbarger said then that he was considering renting space at funeral homes in the community to handle the overflow.he also reportedly ren






ohio coroner runs out of room for bodies due to spike in opioid deaths


cbs/apmay 23, 2017, 2:40 pmdayton, ohio -- for the second time this year, a coroner's office in ohio has run out of space for dead bodies due to the opioid epidemic, cbs pittsburgh reports. the tribune-review reports the montgomery county office had 13 bodies on monday. twelve of them were overdoses.coroner dr. kent harshbarger, says they have already expanded the cooler once last year because space for 36 wasn't enough. it now holds 42 bodies. 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... "if this pace continues, i'm not really sure what we're going to do," dr. harshbarger told the trib. "it's full every nig






opioid epidemic is swamping u.s. hospitals with 1.3m er trips, hospitalizations


the coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.the 2014 numbers, the latest available for every state and the district of columbia, reflect a 64 percent increase for inpatient care and a 99 percent jump for emergency room treatment compared with figures from 2005. their trajectory likely will keep climbing if the epidemic continues unabated.the report, released by the agency for healthcare research and quality (ahrq), puts maryland at the very top of the national list for inpatient care. the state, already struggling with overdoses from heroin and prescription opioids, has seen the spread of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which can be mi






fda to drugmaker: yank opioid opana er from market


trenton, n.j. -- u.s. regulators want a narcotic painkiller involved in the opioid epidemic off the market amid data showing people continue to abuse it.opana er is shown in a file photo from 2013. rich pedroncelli / ap the food and drug administration said thursday it has asked endo pharmaceuticals to stop selling its reformulated, extended-release painkiller, opana er, after concluding the drugs's risks outweigh its benefits.it's the first time the fda has asked a drugmaker to remove an opioid painkiller from the market. the agency said it has seen a "significant shift" from people crushing and snorting opana er to get high to injecting it.endo said in a statement it's "reviewing the request and is evaluating the full range of potential options."wall street responded quickly with a sell-






fda to drugmaker: yank opioid opana er from market


trenton, n.j. -- u.s. regulators want a narcotic painkiller involved in the opioid epidemic off the market amid data showing people continue to abuse it.opana er is shown in a file photo from 2013. rich pedroncelli / ap the food and drug administration said thursday it has asked endo pharmaceuticals to stop selling its reformulated, extended-release painkiller, opana er, after concluding the drugs's risks outweigh its benefits.it's the first time the fda has asked a drugmaker to remove an opioid painkiller from the market. the agency said it has seen a "significant shift" from people crushing and snorting opana er to get high to injecting it.endo said in a statement it's "reviewing the request and is evaluating the full range of potential options."wall street responded quickly with a sell-






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