Economic report on opioid painkiller drug overdoses takes into account human cost of epidemic A recent report by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) shows the true cost of the opioid epidemic is much greater than previously estimated. In 2015, overdoses from opioid painkiller drugs cost the country $504 billion, a figure six times higher […]
Patients hooked on prescription painkillers turning to street drugs Communities battling the opioid epidemic are now struggling to deal with an influx of counterfeit opioid painkiller drugs coming from Mexico and China. Police in major cities have even found clandestine pill pressing operations capable of churning out hundreds of pills an hour that are almost […]
CBS News puts spotlight on women making a positive impact in their community In its ongoing series, A More Perfect Union, CBS News detailed the story of four women from Martinsburg, West Virginia, helping to fight the opioid epidemic plaguing their community. Hit hard by the epidemic, West Virginia leads the nation in opioid overdose […]
Opioid overdoses continue to rise as fentanyl pours into communities Overdoses from fentanyl are quickly becoming one of the leading types of non-natural fatalities affecting communities across the country. Adding to the crisis is the hundreds of pounds of the drug municipalities see coming into their jurisdiction, with massive increases over the previous years. One […]
Thousands succumb everyday to drug overdose after prescription opioid addiction Rural America has been especially hard hit by the recent opioid epidemic, according to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The data suggests residents in rural areas are four times as likely to die from overdose on powerful drugs. Experts looking into […]
Indictment claims Insys Therapeutics’ founder bribed doctors to prescribe powerful opioid painkillers Federal prosecutors recently charged drug maker Insys Therapeutics’ founder John Kapoor and several other company executives with conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe powerful opioid painkillers to patients. The defendants allegedly engaged in a scheme to promote their painkiller drug by paying doctors […]
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