If there is one lesson the drug addiction epidemic of the 21st-century has taught us, it's that substance abuse can touch down anywhere.
It may seem like an impossible task to halt the runaway train of our opioid crisis. But Oklahoma has prepared a plan to do just that which can serve as a model for other states and let us estimate the price tag to eliminate this catastrophe.
This new book, American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis and How to End It, addresses reasons for the hundreds of thousands of lives lost and the tough decisions that must be made to stop the carnage. It is an important book for anyone who wishes to understand this national crisis.
Naloxone. This is the overdose reversal medicine, the injection or nasal spray which can bring an overdosing addict back from the brink of death. Naloxone truly is a miracle of modern medicine, but one might be surprised as to the controversy over the drug.
In just a few days in New Haven, Connecticut, more than a hundred people would be plunged into life-threatening overdoses as a result of their drug use. The culprit was the ultrapowerful synthetic drug AB-Fubinaca, often found in packets of drugs sold as Spice or K2.
A few weeks ago, this blog featured an article on the lawsuits being filed against major pharmaceutical companies such as Purdue Pharma, Endo International, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Depomed, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson and others. In the following weeks, even more states, counties and cities have initiated legal action against these companies and others who manufacture, market or distribute these addictive pills.