Combating the Ongoing Crisis of Opioid Addiction Requires Innovative Approaches

Combating the Ongoing Crisis of Opioid Addiction Requires Innovative Approaches

Combating the Ongoing Crisis of Opioid Addiction Requires Innovative Approaches OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced last week that it’s making a $3.4-M grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost naloxone nasal spray. The announcement comes as lawsuits from local governments blaming Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, and other companies […]

Treating Pain Without Drugs

Treating Pain Without Drugs

Treating Pain Without Drugs Americans consume 99% of the hydrocodone sold worldwide and 81% of all oxycodone — approximately 30X more than medically necessary for the population size of the US Between Y 2002 and 2015, opioids killed an estimated 202,600 Americans Overdose cases increased by more than 30% across the US between July 2016 […]

US Drug Overdose Deaths Spike

US Drug Overdose Deaths Spike

US Drug Overdose Deaths Spike Opioids are highly addictive. More than 2 million Americans now have an “opioid disorder.” Experts agree that the boom in Rx (prescription) painkillers triggered the rash of deaths from opioids in the United States today. A study published in April concluded that new medical marijuana laws reduced hospitalizations for opioid […]

Drug Overdoses are a Leading Cause of Death in the US

Drug Overdoses are a Leading Cause of Death in the US

Drug Overdoses are a Leading Cause of Death in the US Opioid addiction and accidental overdoses are now taking a huge toll. According to US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 anni. In Y 2015, more than 52,000 Americans died from some form […]

Drug Overdose Deaths Spike in the USA

Drug Overdose Deaths Spike in the USA

Drug Overdose Deaths Spike in the USA Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33% in the past 5 years across the USA, with some states seeing spikes of almost 200%. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 states saw increases in overdose deaths resulting from the abuse of heroin […]

Death from Drug Overdoes Up in the US

Death from Drug Overdoes Up in the US

Death from Drug Overdoes Up in the US The number of potentially preventable deaths in the US has declined over the last 5 years ,but fatal drug overdoses are up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. “Fewer Americans are dying young from preventable causes of death, says CDC Director Tom Freiden. But, […]

The Cycle Opioid of Addiction

The Cycle Opioid of Addiction

The Cycle Opioid of Addiction Sadly, legendary musician Prince appears to be yet another victim of the opioid epidemic. OxyContin became a blockbuster drug mainly through misleading claims, claims Purdue Pharma knew were false from the very beginning. The basic promise was that it provided pain relief for a full 12 hours, 2X as long […]