Tag Archives: Opioids

Report Highlights Fentanyl’s Deadly Role In The Overdose Crisis 

When fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, infiltrated the drug supply in the U.S. it had an immediate, dramatic effect on the overdose rate. Fentanyl is now the drug most frequently involved in overdose deaths in the U.S., according to a National Vital Statistics System report published Wednesday from the Centers […]
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Cocaine deaths increase amid ongoing national opioid crisis

While fentanyl overdose deaths skyrocketed from 2011 to 2016, according to a new report, cocaine overdoses also increased, reversing an earlier downward trend. Deaths from cocaine sharply increased from 2011 to 2016 across the United States, adding another dimension to a crisis of fatal overdoses that has primarily been driven by opioids, according to new […]
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Oregon’s opioid tracking system needs teeth, audit finds

A Secretary of State audit found that Oregon’s neighbors have more robust tracking of opioid prescriptions and that the state is bound in how it can respond to bad actors. Source: Oregon’s opioid tracking system needs teeth, audit finds

Audit finds weakness in opioid tracking

For all the talk about opioid addiction and the need to address it, an audit by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office shows the state lags far behind others in preventing abuse. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson on Tuesday released the audit report, saying he was “heartbroken” by some of the findings. The biggest problem […]
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Editorial: Signs of hope in battle with opioids

A state task force is backing a proposal to expand alternative treatments such as acupuncture for certain chronic pain conditions while limiting the use of opioids, even as the proposal draws criticism from people suffering from chronic pain. Meanwhile, an Ohio city hit hard by opioid overdoses might finally be making some progress against the […]
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Do supervised drug consumption facilities save lives?

A new study will disappoint extremists on both sides of the debate. The soaring death count of the opioid epidemic has spurred a search for novel solutions. One of the most controversial is to establish sites where people can use illegal drugs such as heroin under the supervision of trained staff who can offer clean injection equipment […]
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The incredibly unpopular idea that could stem opioid deaths

Lowering the death toll may require a drastic step. For the second time in three years, U.S. life expectancy has declined. The last time that happened, World War I was raging in Europe and a virulent flu pandemic was ravaging the home front. This time around, the diseases stalking us are internal. The number of people […]
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Oregon task force backs controversial opioid plan

Proposal would expand access to alternatives but limit opioids for chronic pain. An Oregon proposal to expand alternative treatments for certain chronic pain conditions while limiting the use of opioids has moved forward with minimal changes, despite outcries from chronic pain patients and sharp criticism from pain experts across the country. The state’s Chronic Pain […]
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Oregon Backs Off Opioid Cutoff Plan For Chronic Pain Patients, Adding Non-drug Treatments

After an uproar from patients, an Oregon pain advisory committee has abandoned a proposal to taper chronic pain Medicaid patients off opioids altogether.

After a record number of U.S. deaths in 2017, the opioid epidemic may be receding

Provisional overdose data from the CDC suggest that the drug overdose epidemic has plateaued and may even be on the wane. The CDC released the official 2017 mortality and drug overdose data this week, and any way you slice it, it’s bad. The numbers show the United States in the midst of the longest sustained […]
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