Tag Archives: Opioids

State of the States 2019 | The Pew Charitable Trusts – Stateline

In our annual State of the States series, Stateline reporters look at some of the pressing issues state lawmakers are facing as they begin their work this legislative session. Part One: Access to Voting Part Two: School Funding Part Three: Opioid Spending Part Four: 2020 Census Part Five: Prescription Drug Costs Source: State of the […]
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Insurance Rules Curtail Use Of Drug To Fight Opioid Addiction, Study Says

A two-decade surge in opioid overdose deaths has prompted health officials, addiction specialists and the federal government to declare opioid addiction a public health emergency. But researchers at Oregon Health & Science University recently found that a potentially life-saving drug shown to block the effects of opioids has gotten harder to access for a large […]
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Unclaimed Bodies From the Opioid Epidemic Are Crowding Morgues

States are going to weird lengths to deal with overcrowded morgues. Sarah Krebs is used to corpses going missing. As a detective who works in the missing-persons unit in Detroit, she has solved dozens of cases by matching up disappeared people to unidentified bodies left in state custody. But for older cases in which the […]
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County-run medical clinics slash opioid prescriptions

As national overdose crisis continues, Lane County’s initiative has drawn notice and accolades. Health clinics run by Lane County have moved aggressively to reduce opioid prescriptions to patients in response to ongoing national concerns about fatal overdoses from the highly addictive drugs. Source: County-run medical clinics slash opioid prescriptions

Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?

President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency and urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty against drug dealers. Congress has provided targeted grants for treatment, recovery and prevention and made numerous policy changes to help people struggling with addiction get access to services. From the National Institutes of Health […]
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The opioid epidemic is no time for risky pharmaceutical marketing 

Two newly released documents show the correlation between drug marketing and overdose deaths from prescription opioids. The pharmaceutical industry’s direct marketing to physicans, through free samples, meals, consulting and paid speaking engagements, has long been controversial. Government regulations emphasize disclosure of doctor-industry relationships; the industry has its own voluntary code of conduct. At its best, drug […]
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Fentanyl brings new urgency to drug deaths

The crisis of opioid addiction has captured the attention of the public, lawmakers and the medical community. But at the same time that progress is being made against over-prescribing opioid painkillers, street drugs laced with fentanyl are becoming more common and more deadly. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid much more powerful than heroin and far […]
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Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road

Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to new analysis from the National Safety Council. For the first time in U.S. history, a leading cause of deaths — vehicle crashes — has been surpassed in likelihood by opioid overdoses, according to a new report on preventable deaths […]
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State of the State | WA Opioid Approach | Daylight Saving – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will give her opening address to the Legislature today. We’ll preview the State of the State with OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes. Snohomish County, Washington, is one of a handful of places around the country that’s treating its opioid crisis like a natural disaster. Anna Boiko-Weyrauch with KUOW in Seattle produces and hosts a […]
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N.H. turns to data to combat opioid crisis

New Hampshire announced a new initiative Thursday to analyze data on insurance claims to better understand and combat the opioid crisis. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed an executive order forming the New Hampshire Opioid Overprescribing and Misuse Project Advisory Council. Teaming up with technology nonprofit MITRE, the initiative will work to address problems with opioid […]
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