Tag Archives: Opioid

Signs America’s Opioid Epidemic Might Finally Be Waning

SATURDAY, Oct. 3, 2020 — Here’s some heartening news on the opioid painkillers front: Abuse of the prescription medicines in the United States fell by more than one-quarter between 2007 and 2018. “Prior research has shown slight reductions in abuse rates, but our analysis shows we’re tracking statistically significant year-to-year declines in abuse, indicating that… Read More »

Opioid overdose deaths 85% higher in areas with auto plant closures, study finds

An exterior view of the GM Lordstown Plant on November 26, 2018 in Lordstown, Ohio. Jeff Swensen | Getty Images Adults in the U.S. are far more likely to die from opioid overdoses if they live in an area where an automobile assembly plant closed in the past five years, according to new research published… Read More »

Drug Giants Close In on a $50 Billion Settlement of Opioid Cases

CLEVELAND — The nation’s three largest drug distributors and two manufacturers have agreed with multiple states on a framework to resolve thousands of opioid cases with a settlement worth nearly $ 50 billion in cash and addiction treatments, according to three people familiar with the negotiations. The agreement would release AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson… Read More »

Purdue could become a trust funded by sales of the same drug blamed for the opioid crisis

Purdue Pharma could become a public trust funded by OxyContin sales as part of a massive settlement over its role in the opioid epidemic, but some prosecutors and health advocates are skeptical of the idea of relying on profits from the drug that contributed to the crisis. Purdue, commonly blamed as a major contributor to… Read More »

Harvard-Michigan opioid summit explores addiction, policy

Pharmaceutical companies’ television ads have come under fire for pitching drugs to consumers, but another marketing tactic, behind closed doors and often ignored, is perhaps even more troubling, according to one expert. Harvard health economist Meredith Rosenthal said drug companies also pitch their wares directly to doctors through an array of tactics, including face-to-face marketing,… Read More »

Three Weeks Pass And Boston Panel Still Has No Verdict In Insys Opioid Trial

The lengthy deliberations of the 12-person jury focus on a scam prosecutors say funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to doctors nationwide to prescribe highly addictive Subsys more often and at higher doses. News on the opioid epidemic comes from Massachusetts, Ohio, New Hampshire and California, as well. Bloomberg: Opioid Court Case: Still No Verdict … Read More »