Opioid Epidemic is Just Getting Worse, According to Emergency Room Data

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Over 60,000 people were taken to the ER for fatal opioid overdoses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2016. This is the latest sign that opioid addiction is worsening even with the efforts of public health authorities in place. The data confirms that the drug crisis has struck the nation hard…


California Lags in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction

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The opioid epidemic continues to rage across rural California, but the California Department of Justice has not yet certified a database that could stop doctors from overprescribing opioids. This lag has angered consumers and law enforcement groups who argue that the California Department of Justice is stopping efforts to prevent opioid abuse. The database is…


Louisiana Lawsuit Could Pose A Major Threat To Opioid Manufacturers

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The Huffington Post reported that the opioid epidemic plaguing the nation isn’t showing signs of slowing down. Officials in government and victims of the epidemic are attempting to bring legal action against opioid manufacturers. The national headlines are currently focused on an ongoing federal lawsuit in Ohio. A small parish filing in Louisiana, however, has…


3 American Indian Tribes Sue Top Opioid Manufacturers Over Opioid Addiction

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Last week, the Washington Post reported that three Indian tribes in South Dakota have filed a lawsuit against the nation’s top opioid manufacturer. According to the report, the tribes accused the manufacturer of concealing and minimizing the risk of opioid addiction in tribal communities. These same communities have suffered deeply as a result. At this…


Opioid Abuse May Start in the Family Medicine Cabinet

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A new study has found that opioid addiction may start in the family medicine cabinet. According to research conducted by a postgraduate fellow of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, while the 1% risk is small, taken in context with the number of opioids that are increasingly being prescribed across the nation, you’ve got a…


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