It’s no secret that America suffers from its highest-ever level of dependence on prescription and illicit opioids. But are we thinking with the right number for how many people are affected by this problem? One expert thinks we should double our estimates. We’ll tell you why.
In some ways, it’s the toughest environment ever in which to raise children. Sure, there were more deadly diseases before antibiotics and clean water. But in earlier times, there weren’t as many ways to lose your children to drugs or alcohol.
In July 2018, a U.S. Senate report revealed the massive overprescribing of opioid painkillers to Missourians that has been going on unabated for years.
January 19, 2018: The Los Angeles County Coroner released the results of the toxicology analysis for Tom Petty. His death has now been ruled an accidental drug overdose, with opioids and benzodiazepines causing him to stop breathing.
In state after state, Attorneys General have been filing lawsuits directed at pharmaceutical corporations they claim are responsible for our current epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction. What benefits could result if these lawsuits are won?
A panel of experts for the FDA rejected the sale of a new extended-release form of oxycodone that dyes the mouth or nose blue when it is abused. Is a blue dye a good method of deterring drug abuse?
Finally, there are definite signs that major pharmaceutical companies are being assigned proper accountability for contributing to America’s terrible opioid abuse epidemic.
Drug maker Purdue Pharma’s patent on Oxycontin recently expired, opening the door to wider distribution of generic oxycodone. Yet Canada’s Health Minister refuses to ban the opioid, concerned that increased government control might lead to more arbitrary drug legislation.