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Posts Tagged ‘opioid epidemic’

President Trump says U.S. opioid epidemic is a ‘health emergency’

Monday, November 13th, 2017

President Donald Trump called on the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency and to take steps to combat the epidemic of addiction and overdose caused by prescription painkillers. As part of the announcement, the President directed federal health agencies to begin taking new steps to combat the opioid epidemic, which has ravaged the U.S. over the past two decades. (more…)

Health insurance policies steer patients to older, more addictive opioid drugs, study suggests

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Lawsuits filed on behalf of opioid patients who suffered an overdose have focused attention on the role that drug companies and doctors have played in the U.S. opioid epidemic. But state and federal officials have started turning their attention to another group that has contributed to the opioid crisis – health insurance companies. (more…)

One in five patients who receive 10-day painkiller prescription become long-term users, study finds

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that one in five patients who are prescribed a 10-day supply of opioid painkillers will use the drugs for a year or longer. This long-term use places opioid users at an increased risk of addiction or other complications caused by prescription opioids. (more…)

Americans use more opioid painkillers than any country in the world, U.N. report finds

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

A United Nations study on the frequency of opioid painkiller use worldwide shows that Americans are prescribed far more opioid medications than any other country in the world. The U.S. has continued to outpace the other top 25 countries in opioid use despite recent efforts to reduce the availability of opioid medications in this country. (more…)

Lawsuits against painkiller manufacturers filed across U.S. in response to opioid epidemic

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Cities and towns across the country have been devastated by the health consequences of America’s opioid epidemic. Now some of those towns – many of them in rural areas – are fighting back with lawsuits filed against drugmakers that aggressively promoted the opioid medications that helped to fuel the opioid crisis. (more…)