Jury Finds CVS, Walmart and Walgreens are Responsible for Roles in Opioid Crisis

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Three retail pharmacy chains recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis. The counties blamed … Continue reading Jury Finds CVS, Walmart and Walgreens are Responsible for Roles in Opioid Crisis

Addicted: America’s Opioid Crisis

An article by Dr. Joseph Mercola Story at-a-glance 1 child in 8 lives with a parent who suffers from a substance abuse disorder in America, and every 15 minutes, a baby in America is born suffering from opioid withdrawalPrescription opioid use is a significant risk factor for subsequent heroin use; 1 in 3 people who … Continue reading Addicted: America’s Opioid Crisis

There is an Epidemic Raging Within the Pandemic. It’s the Opioid Addiction.

We need to do something immediately, or we are going to lose more Americans to drugs, alcohol, and suicide because of the added burden of COVID-19. Craig Hettlinger explains that he started drinking when he was about 16 years old. He escalated to stronger drugs three years later when he played Division I soccer at … Continue reading There is an Epidemic Raging Within the Pandemic. It’s the Opioid Addiction.

Virginia Doctor Faces Life in Prison for Prescribing Thousands of Opioid Doses

By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in two years. Patients from five states drove hundreds of miles to see him, spending up to 16 hours on the road to … Continue reading Virginia Doctor Faces Life in Prison for Prescribing Thousands of Opioid Doses

Legal Eagle Goes After Opioid Wholesale Distributors

Story at-a-glance While the opioid crisis has received a significant amount of attention, and strategies have been put into place to try to curb the epidemic of overuse and misuse, few of the responsible parties have been held to account One West Virginia attorney has sued opioid wholesale distributors using a state nuisance statute. Distributors … Continue reading Legal Eagle Goes After Opioid Wholesale Distributors

The Basic Bare Bones Facts About Opioids & Abuse – From the CDC

Prescription Opioids Side Effects In addition to the serious risks of addiction, abuse, and overdose, the use of prescription opioids can have a number of side effects, even when taken as directed: Tolerance—meaning you might need to take more of the medication for the same pain relief Physical dependence—meaning you have symptoms of withdrawal when … Continue reading The Basic Bare Bones Facts About Opioids & Abuse – From the CDC

Opioid Big Pharma Giant Ordered to Pay $225 Million DOLLARS After Being Caught BRIBING DOCTORS to PRESCRIBE MORE DEADLY FENTANYL PILLS TO PATIENTS!

Insys Therapeutics of Chandler, Arizona, is reportedly having to fork out $225 million in fines to the federal government for bribing doctors to prescribe as much fentanyl and other opiates as they could get away with – including to patients who didn’t even need them. Described as the “driving force” behind America’s ongoing opioid epidemic, the shady … Continue reading Opioid Big Pharma Giant Ordered to Pay $225 Million DOLLARS After Being Caught BRIBING DOCTORS to PRESCRIBE MORE DEADLY FENTANYL PILLS TO PATIENTS!

Cold Weather Increases the Risk of Fatal Opioid Overdoses

A new study finds that cold weather snaps are followed by a marked increase in fatal opioid overdoses. A research team led by Brandon Marshall, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University's School of Public Health, found a 25 percent increase in fatal opioid overdoses after periods of freezing temperatures compared to days with … Continue reading Cold Weather Increases the Risk of Fatal Opioid Overdoses

Mom Accused of Doing Drugs, Passing Out in Front of Kids in McDonald’s Bathroom

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Authorities say a West Virginia mom who passed out in a McDonald’s bathroom after doing drugs in front of her kids has been charged with child neglect. 32-year-old Sarah Parker is facing charges of child neglect resulting in injury after the incident on Saturday. The station cites police and says Parker snorted the drugs … Continue reading Mom Accused of Doing Drugs, Passing Out in Front of Kids in McDonald’s Bathroom

Ex-Purdue Pharma CEO Richard Sackler Called Opioid Addicts ‘Scum,’ ‘Criminals’ in Emails

The man whose company makes Oxycontin once referred to people addicted to his product as “scum of the earth,” “criminals” and victimizers. Opioid maker Purdue Pharma is being sued by a number of states — and has already settled with several for record amounts — for its role in the ongoing opioid epidemic facing the U.S. that … Continue reading Ex-Purdue Pharma CEO Richard Sackler Called Opioid Addicts ‘Scum,’ ‘Criminals’ in Emails

Tomorrow is the DEA National TAKE BACK Day – Dispose of Your DANGEROUS Medications properly and safely. Get them OUT of your home!

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take … Continue reading Tomorrow is the DEA National TAKE BACK Day – Dispose of Your DANGEROUS Medications properly and safely. Get them OUT of your home!

FOR The FIRST TIME, Former Big Pharma CEO ARRESTED For Conspiracy For Fostering Opioid Crisis

From the Sackler family — who has made billions from selling opioids to the masses — to the doctors arrested for pushing their pills on unwilling Americans, lawsuits and charges in the opioid crisis abound. However, the companies responsible for distribution of these drugs have largely gone on unscathed, until now. In a first in … Continue reading FOR The FIRST TIME, Former Big Pharma CEO ARRESTED For Conspiracy For Fostering Opioid Crisis

FOR DOCTORS & THOSE OF YOU TRYING TO GET OFF OPIOIDS BY YOURSELF: You can INCREASE Your Chance of Accidental OVERDOSE!

While tapering patients taking prescription opioids off of the medication is associated with a lower risk of overdose if the patient stops taking the drug, it can also lead to increased risks of overdose if it leads to the patient switching up dosages, according to a new JAMA study. Why it matters: This is yet another obstacle to solving … Continue reading FOR DOCTORS & THOSE OF YOU TRYING TO GET OFF OPIOIDS BY YOURSELF: You can INCREASE Your Chance of Accidental OVERDOSE!

Federal Opioid Pill Bust Reveals Doctors Trading Pills for Sex, Dentists Pulling Good Teeth

CINCINNATI - They were medical professionals but they traded prescription pain pillsfor sex, prosecutors say. Others let untrained office workers examine patients, leaving a blank prescription pad at the clinic, their indictments reveal. One dentist extracted the healthy teeth of patients as an excuse to give them painkillers, the feds say. Two of the prescribers charged in this week's federal … Continue reading Federal Opioid Pill Bust Reveals Doctors Trading Pills for Sex, Dentists Pulling Good Teeth

60 People Charged (Including a Doctor) in Illegal Prescription Opioid Crackdown

Federal take-down includes suspects in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Alabama. Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including a doctor accused of trading drugs for sex and another of prescribing to his Facebook friends, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other … Continue reading 60 People Charged (Including a Doctor) in Illegal Prescription Opioid Crackdown

The Billionaire Family Behind OxyContin is Finally Having its Moment of Reckoning

More than 500 cities, counties, and Native American tribes across the country filed a class action lawsuit Monday that argues the billionaire family behind Purdue Pharma “initiated and perpetuated” an entire generation of opioid users for their own financial gain by marketing their drug, OxyContin, as safe to prescribe. The nearly 200-page lawsuit — which … Continue reading The Billionaire Family Behind OxyContin is Finally Having its Moment of Reckoning

Addicts Are Hurting Their Pets to Get Access to Opioids

Addiction take your God given personality away from you and turns you into a monster... even a monster who would harm your own beloved pets in order to get drugs!  It doesn't get much lower than that.  Perhaps today will be the day that you choose detox and get better! ~NationalAddictionNews.com People are hurting their pets … Continue reading Addicts Are Hurting Their Pets to Get Access to Opioids

Meet the ‘Hillbilly Lawyer’ Fighting to Take Down Big Pharma

Inside the massive lawsuit that seeks to assign blame — and financial penalties — for the opioid epidemic. Paul Farrell paced the courtroom as lawyers filed into place: plaintiffs on the left, defendants to the right, briefcases down, folders out. Outside the chambers, Lake Erie glistened through the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the marble hallway of the Carl B. Stokes … Continue reading Meet the ‘Hillbilly Lawyer’ Fighting to Take Down Big Pharma

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OPIOID CRISIS THAT IS NOW KILLING OVER 60,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR AND RISING?

Who is to blame for the opioid epidemic that is currently gripping the nation and taking the lives of 60,000 Americans each year? Most people tend to blame the makers of these drugs, the doctors who prescribe them, and some even fault those who take these medications. However, now a very familiar name has been … Continue reading WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OPIOID CRISIS THAT IS NOW KILLING OVER 60,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR AND RISING?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION

Many people use opioids to treat chronic pain. However, when they overuse the drugs, they can become addicted to it. But it is not always easy to tell if someone you know has an addiction to opioids. Recently, researchers from the University of Michigan suggest 11 signs of opioid addiction everyone should know: Taking a … Continue reading WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION

Poisoned pills: Phoenix Firefighter, War Hero Dies After Taking Fentanyl-Laced Pill

 It can be called a silent killer, and to say it’s scary understates what is happening in neighborhoods across the Valley. One Phoenix family knows all too well the power of this. He was a firefighter, a war hero and a father who was taken down by something so small but so deadly. It only … Continue reading Poisoned pills: Phoenix Firefighter, War Hero Dies After Taking Fentanyl-Laced Pill

Kansas Doctor Gets Life in Prison for Selling Opioids that Led to Patient’s Death

Let this sound an alarm to all of you MONSTER DOCTORS who use the trust that your patients have in you to addict and kill them for the sake of GREED!  ~NationalAddictionNew.com Steven R. Henson was sentenced to life in prison for unlawfully prescribing and selling medication. A doctor in Kansas was sentenced to life … Continue reading Kansas Doctor Gets Life in Prison for Selling Opioids that Led to Patient’s Death

Tracking heroin: How the deadly drug gets from Mexico to NYC

According to the DEA, Mexico produced some 111 metric tons of heroin in 2017 — 90 percent of which ended up in the US. And the Big ­Apple is feeling it. In New York City, during 2017, there were 771 fatal overdoses attributed to the drug, up from 561 two years earlier. Nationally in 2017, … Continue reading Tracking heroin: How the deadly drug gets from Mexico to NYC

“I Was One Of The Top Doctors In My Field. I Was Also An Opioid Addict.”

Opioids have become a full-blown national crisis of epidemic proportions, killing 130 people each day. Drug overdose is now the number-one cause of death for Americans under 50. One doctor at the top of her game—who knew the risks better than anyone—almost became another statistic. Alison ran around her palatial six-bedroom house in Georgia on … Continue reading “I Was One Of The Top Doctors In My Field. I Was Also An Opioid Addict.”

When heroin kills, the appeal grows — and policing the drug becomes harder

At the retail end of the global heroin trade, local heroin rings repackage pounds of the drug into single-serve doses and push the product to its final destination: the user. From there, the next stop is often a hospital emergency room or a morgue, as an epidemic of heroin-related overdoses and deaths continues its creep … Continue reading When heroin kills, the appeal grows — and policing the drug becomes harder

These states have been hit the hardest by America’s opioid epidemic

While there's early evidence that the explosive rate of opioid deaths has started to slow, opioids killed more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data. A new study reveals which part of the country has been affected the most by the ongoing epidemic.   In a study of opioid deaths … Continue reading These states have been hit the hardest by America’s opioid epidemic

Mom shares haunting drug overdose photo to warn about US epidemic: ‘Stop walking around blindly’

A Delaware mother is hoping the heartbreaking image of her identifying her son’s body at the morgue after he overdosed on opioids and fentanyl will deter others from making the same fatal mistake. DOCTORS HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBING FENTANYL TO THE WRONG PATIENTS FOR YEARS, STUDY FINDS “Holding my dead son in my arms, this is the picture of addiction,” … Continue reading Mom shares haunting drug overdose photo to warn about US epidemic: ‘Stop walking around blindly’

Patients Find Alternative To Opioids In Custom-Made Lotions

Years ago, Constance Scott had two knee replacement surgeries and to this day is still battlings debilitating pain from her neck to her back. “I was taking ten milligrams of Percocet and ten milligrams of methadone,” Constance said. Doctors prescribed opioid pain relievers to help her, but she knew to keep her distance. “I don’t … Continue reading Patients Find Alternative To Opioids In Custom-Made Lotions

This Weapon Of Mass Destruction Created By Big Pharma Could Easily Wipe Out America: Deaths In America Caused By Big Pharma’s Poisons FAR Outnumber Gun Deaths

 But Nothing Will Be Done About Big Pharma Deaths Because Congress Is In Their Pockets By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die In this recent story over at Fox News they reported a Mexican national had been arrested attempting to come in to America with a record amount of fentanyl, over 114 … Continue reading This Weapon Of Mass Destruction Created By Big Pharma Could Easily Wipe Out America: Deaths In America Caused By Big Pharma’s Poisons FAR Outnumber Gun Deaths

“I’m trying not to die right now”: Why Opioid-Addicted Patients are Still Searching for Help

Access and accountability are still huge barriers in the growing treatment industry. The Trump administration, Congress and states are pouring billions of dollars into addiction treatment to fight the opioid crisis, but accountability for the burgeoning industry hasn’t kept pace with those efforts — leaving patients vulnerable to ineffective care, fraud and abuse. Interviews with … Continue reading “I’m trying not to die right now”: Why Opioid-Addicted Patients are Still Searching for Help

Purdue Pharma Continues to Further Addict People to Deadly Oxycontin While also Reaping the Profits for Another Drug They Claim as the ‘Cure’ for Opioid Addiction. (Lighting the candle at both ends!)

A complaint filed by the state of Massachusetts alleges that Purdue Pharma explored expanding into an “attractive market” fueled by the popularity of its powerful painkiller (and life killer) OxyContin: opioid addiction treatment. With billions of dollars in profits from the potent painkiller OxyContin, its maker explored expanding into an “attractive market” fueled by the … Continue reading Purdue Pharma Continues to Further Addict People to Deadly Oxycontin While also Reaping the Profits for Another Drug They Claim as the ‘Cure’ for Opioid Addiction. (Lighting the candle at both ends!)

Let’s Talk About Rx Use: Recognizing and Reversing an Overdose

As addiction to opiates continues to be a major public health concern, it has become increasingly important to know how to respond to possible overdose situations. Knowing how to prevent and recognize the signs of an overdose, and how to respond to it, may save a life. Here's what you need to know. Opioids and … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Rx Use: Recognizing and Reversing an Overdose

This Birth Defect Is Becoming More Common – And The Opioid Crisis Could Be To Blame

I'm so sorry to have to show you this photo; however, this is what is happening to babies born to opioid addicted mothers, and you need to see this.  The incidence correlates to the increased opioid addiction in pregnant mothers taking opioids. ~NationalAddictionNews.com Gastroschisis is a defect affecting the abdominal wall. Affected infants develop a … Continue reading This Birth Defect Is Becoming More Common – And The Opioid Crisis Could Be To Blame