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Ohio State University doctor publishes important international harm reduction study

Death rates cut in half for people who inject drugs and have HIV Results published in Lancet OSU professor William Miller, M.D., PhD Ohio State University epidemiologist Bill Miller has published the results of a groundbreaking international study of people who inject drugs and are living with HIV. The study was published Sept. 1 in Lancet, the world’s oldest and most prestigious […]

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Taxpayers — not Big Pharma — have funded the research behind every new drug since 2010

A sweeping study of drug R&D funding shows the public pays for the crucial foundations of medical breakthroughs. So why not let the public have access to them? by Alexander Zaitchik   Something odd happened when the Trump administration submitted the original version of its latest pro-corporate budget: Big Pharma didn’t like it. The problem wasn’t […]

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Billionaires Who Addicted the US to OxyContin to Make Opiate Addiction Treatment Containing Opiates

The billionaire big-pharma family behind the US opiate crisis is making an addiction treatment for the problem they created and it contains opiates. The Sackler family, the private owners of Purdue Pharma, announced this week that Richard Sackler has obtained a patent to produce a new drug, which will reportedly be a treatment for opiate […]

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It’s time to measure addiction recovery rates, not just addiction rates

Lost among the headlines of opioid addiction and overdose deaths are the many quiet stories of recovery. An estimated 22 million Americans— that includes the three of us — are in recovery from opioid and other addictions. We say “estimated” because states and the federal government don’t track recovery like they track addiction rates or overdoses. […]

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FBI raids doctor’s office in Sandusky

8/22/2018 8:03 PM Andy Ouriel Staff Reporter Update 8 p.m. PERKINS TWP. — FBI agents on Wednesday raided the office of a Sandusky doctor who allegedly overprescribed opioids. The Justice Department obtained a temporary restraining order against Dr. Gregory Gerber. This allowed federal officials to confiscate materials from his office, located within a business complex […]

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Coroner sent letters to doctors whose patients died of opioid overdoses. Doctors’ habits quickly changed

When doctors who had prescribed opioids and other risky drugs were notified of a patient’s death by overdose, many adjusted their prescribing practices, new research shows. (Associated Press) Addressed directly to the doctor, the letter arrived in a plain business envelope with a return address of the San Diego County medical examiner’s office. Its contents […]

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We can’t fight our opioid crisis alone. We need help from countries around the world.

When it comes to opioids, we don’t have the luxury of battling it on the homefront alone. We need other countries to help us end this crisis. It’s sobering to take in the magnitude: Over 63,600 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 — more than died in car crashes or of breast cancer; more than were killed in the entire Vietnam […]

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Opioid Prescribing for Teens Exceeded CDC 2016 Guidelines for Adults

Between 2005 and 2016, opioid prescriptions for adolescents generally were written for longer than three days, and the number of prescriptions filled for four and five day supplies increased, according to a report in Psychiatric Services in Advance. These trends occurred prior to the issuance of guidelines for opioid prescribing by the Centers for Disease Control […]

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U.S. joins lawsuits against Indivior, Reckitt over drug Suboxone

FILE PHOTO: A pharmacist fills a Suboxone prescription at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program in Boston, Massachusetts January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has joined several whistleblower lawsuits against Indivior Plc (INDV.L) and Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC (RB.L), alleging that the drugmakers improperly marketed the opioid addiction treatment […]

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Opioids put more kids than ever into the hospital

America’s opioid epidemic is hitting kids harder than ever, putting thousands into intensive care, a new study finds. The number of kids sent to pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) doubled between 2004 and 2015, a team at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital found. “Even in children under 6 years old, opioids now […]

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CBS News investigation finds recruiters pay struggling addicts to get high-priced surgery

  NEW YORK — A CBS News investigation has uncovered an industry of recruiters taking advantage of struggling addicts. The scheme lures addicts into getting a non-FDA approved Naltrexone implant, which releases medication to block opiate receptors in the brain, which makes it difficult for drug users to feel the effects of opioids. But as “CBS Evening […]

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Why a War on Drugs?

As a sceptic of the utility of the War on Drugs, I often find myself in conversations with those who deeply believe in it. In most of those conversations I have an opportunity to ask, “Why a War on Drugs?” I get several answers. People knowing I’m an addiction psychiatrist usually start with a statement […]

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