Tag Archives: Opioids

Medical Marijuana Probably Won’t Stop the Opioid Crisis

A new study throws cold water on hopes that more liberal cannabis policies could stem the opioid epidemic. Nearly five years ago, a team of researchers performing a study on medical cannabis came to a startling conclusion: The 13 states that had legalized medical marijuana had a 25 percent lower rate of opioid mortality than […]
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Fee on drug companies would fund addiction treatment

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is proposing a fee on opioid manufacturers that would boost funding for addiction treatment by $2 billion per year. The Opioid Treatment Surge Act would boost federal funding from $20.8 million to $44 million for Oregon, with the money coming through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program. Source: […]
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News Roundtable | Opioid Tapering | Death Penalty – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Last week the Oregon Health Authority voted to remove a requirement that patients with neck and back pain taper off of opioids. The requirement had drawn criticism from chronic pain patients, Human Rights Watch and others. Dr. Dana Hargunani, Chief Medical Officer at Oregon Health Authority, and Dr. Kevin Olson, who chairs the committee that […]
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Some Communities Pin Hopes For Funds On The Coming Opioid Lawsuits 

As pharmaceutical companies prepare to square off with states and local communities in courts around the U.S., a growing number of state and local officials say the industry should pay to cover the cost of the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic. “I think they are as complicit in this as the dealers that are dealing on […]
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Editorial: Oregon makes a good move on opioids

Oregon has had one opioid problem of its own creation. In 2016 the state put in place guidelines to mandate tapering long-term opioid users suffering from neck and back pain from their drugs. The good intention was clear: Get more people off addictive opioids. The practical impact was not so good. Source: Editorial: Oregon makes […]
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Oregon Does U-Turn On Opioid Tapering

Two years after trying to taper opioid users off the drug, Oregon has ended the policy. Give or take a few breaks, Kelly Howard has been on opioids for 17 years. She suffers from severe nerve pain and says opioids have enabled her to have a life. “I was able to function. Take care of […]
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Oregon DOJ sues Sackler family, made fabulously wealthy by Oxycontin sales

The Oregon Department of Justice has filed suit against eight members of the notorious Sackler family, who became fabulously wealthy selling Oxycontin and other highly addictive painkillers. Source: Oregon DOJ sues Sackler family, made fabulously wealthy by Oxycontin sales – oregonlive.com

Oregon panel drops effort to cut opioids and cover chronic pain

Panel will wait to review new studies, which will delay changes until 2022. An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue prescription opioids. The panel opted instead to wait for […]
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Oregon Rolls Back Opioid Tapering on Neck and Back Pain – but Not Other CPP Conditions 

The Oregon Health Authority’s Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) has decided to remove requirements for opioid tapering for neck and back pain. The Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) today voted unanimously to update Oregon Health Plan (OHP) coverage for neck and back pain, by removing requirements for opioid tapering. The change will be effective October […]
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Oregon panel drops effort to cut opioids and cover chronic pain

An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue prescription opioids. Source: Oregon panel drops effort to cut opioids and cover chronic pain