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
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
More than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, a type of prescription sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety or to help with insomnia. Benzodiazepines (sometimes called "benzos") work to calm or sedate a person, by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. Common benzodiazepines include diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), … Continue reading Benzodiazepines and Opioids
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
QUES: Is your doctor a healer or a dealer? The fact that America is losing the desperate battle against the horrific opioid epidemic has been reported by many media sources. However, with all the other news going on, it can be easy to lose track of one of the biggest public health crises America is facing today. … Continue reading The Opioid Crisis… Who Are The Pushers & Dealers?
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!
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
One of the largest murder cases in Ohio history, involving a doctor accused of killing 25 patients, will hinge on his colleagues' cooperation and what they can offer up at trial, legal experts say. And what those former co-workers reveal may help shed light on something that has so far eluded investigators: a motive. A … Continue reading Case Against Ohio Doctor Charged with Killing 25 Patients May Hinge on Former Colleagues
In yet another sign that our healthcare system is fraught with problems that Democrats have made worse and not enough Republicans see fit to address, federal prosecutors have charged dozens of pharmacists and doctors in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Alabama for illegally distributing opioids — even as an opioid epidemic sweeps the country. … Continue reading Big Pharma bust: Largest opioid arrest in U.S. history ensnares dozens of physicians, pharmacists who created addicts
Kids are resilient in many areas. The place where they are not resilient resides in their emotional lability. Kids suffer more ups and downs than any other age group. Factored into t his is that their hormones raging, their self-esteem is bouncing, and, among many other things, they haven't yet figured out or matured enough … Continue reading What NEVER To Say & What ALWAYS To Say To Your Kids Who May Be Using Drugs & Alcohol