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Posts Tagged ‘opioids’

Opioid manufacturers decrease marketing to doctors following lawsuits and tougher regulations

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

The aggressive promotion of opioid painkillers by the pharmaceutical industry has played a key role in the U.S. opioid epidemic, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the last two decades. However, new data may indicate that legal action taken against manufacturers of prescription painkillers may be causing them to rethink these marketing tactics that helped caused the opioid crisis. (more…)

U.S. opioid overdoses increased by 30% between 2016 and 2017, CDC data says

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports that the number of opioid overdoses in the U.S. has increased by 30% over the last 14 months. The agency says that the alarming new data should be a “wake up call to the fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic.” (more…)

ADA announces support for seven-day opioid painkiller prescription limit in response to opioid epidemic

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that it supports new proposed laws that would set a limit of seven days for opioid painkiller prescriptions to treat dental pain. Lawmakers have proposed federal regulations to limit opioid prescriptions in order to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic, which has claimed more than 200,000 Americans since 1999. (more…)

Native American tribes file lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Three Native American tribes in South Dakota have filed suit against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers for their role in the nationwide opioid epidemic. The lawsuit – filed by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate – alleges that the 24 opioid manufacturers and distributors named in the complaint hid the addiction of these medications in Native American tribal communities. (more…)

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…)

More than half of US opioid prescriptions written for patients with mood disorders, study finds

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

A new study finds that more than half of all opioid painkiller prescriptions in the U.S. are issued to patients with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Researchers say that patients with mood disorders face an increased risk of abusing opioid drugs, but were still prescribed these medications in the U.S. at a higher rate than the general population. (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…)

Wisconsin doctor faces malpractice lawsuit, criminal charges for opioid overprescription deaths

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

A Wisconsin doctor faces a lawsuit filed on behalf of four patients who died after being prescribed high-dose opioid painkillers. The lawsuit accuses Dr. Charles Szyman of fatally over-prescribing the opioid drugs to Heidi Buretta, Monica Debot, Mark Gagnon, and Alan Eggert while they were being treated at Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. (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…)