“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 …

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.  It is a schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery.  It is also sometimes used to treat patients with chronic pain …

Drug Overdose Epidemic is Far Beyond Opioids

Most government-funded initiatives to address the overdose epidemic in the United States have targeted opioids specifically.They have neglected other drugs that are increasingly implicated in overdoses, such as cocaine and methamphetamine.This is the finding of an issue brief by a drug policy expert at Rice University. The is Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III …

Doctors and Policymakers Struggle To Keep Up As Opioid Use Surges among Women

Rachael Pomerleau, 40, had taken opioids before, having had procedures like wisdom teeth removal and gallbladder surgery. But during the tumultuous two years that her children, now ages 7 and 8, were born, opioids took over her life, she told HuffPost. She was put on bed rest as a result of complications with the pregnancy of her …

Seniors In The Deep South And Rural Western States Prescribed Most Benzodiazepines And Opioids

Older male doctors in the South and in rural western states are prescribing the most sedatives and opioids to seniors, according to a new University of Michigan (U-M) study. And those receiving the drugs are more often than not less educated, from areas with lower incomes and at higher risk for suicide. States with the …

OPIOID CRISIS: What role have doctors played in creating the opioid crisis?

Many admit overprescribing of opioid medications helped create epidemic In the early 1990s, the number of painkiller prescriptions filled at U.S. pharmacies increased by 2 to 3 million every year. Around 1996, they jumped by 8 million, as doctors quickly became part of a painkiller prescription-writing bonanza. The makers of Oxycontin launched a marketing campaign …

US sees drop in life expectancy, largely due to opioid crisis among young adults

New studies published in the British Medical Journal examine life expectancy trends in high income countries The United States is among 14 high-income countries with declining life expectancy rates, according to new research recently published in the British Medical Journal. The research features findings from two separate observational studies, one pointing to the ongoing opioid crisis in the …

Kratom kills 2 in Pennsylvania. Will There be More Deaths Elsewhere?

Kratom, a legal herbal supplement derived from a plant, affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine and appears to have properties that expose users to the risks of addiction, abuse and dependence. Chester County officials have linked kratom use to the accidental overdose deaths of two men there earlier this year. Police in Chester …