“Letting their children hit bottom is not the best strategy because in hitting bottom, they may die,” one expert says. Read More.
Despite Minnesota’s professed commitment to battling opioid abuse, the state’s own health insurance program for the poor is among the biggest barriers in getting anti-addiction drugs to patients. Read More.
Many Minnesotans now recognize the word “Narcan” when hearing about opioid overdose, but how much do people actually know about this life-saving medication? Read More.
Physicians Are Fighting on the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis – American Medical Association – Aug. 3, 2018
Physicians on the front lines of the nation’s opioid crisis are writing fewer opioid prescriptions, consulting more often with state prescription drug-monitoring programs and increasing patients’ access to life-saving naloxone and evidence-based treatments. Read More.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa on Thursday joined a growing list of governmental bodies suing opioid distributors in response to a national wide surge in addiction ad overdose deaths. Read More.
The Economics of the Opioid Crisis Show Why It’s Such a Difficult Problem to Solve – AEI – Aug 2, 2018
Policymakers have clamped down on prescribing practices of physicians and sanctioned pharmaceutical companies producing vast quantities of opioids. The result has been a lowering of legal opioid sales, probably generator fewer addicts as a result. Read More.
The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy has voted to make many fentanyl analog drugs and synthetic cannabinoids illegal to have or sell. Read More.
The opioid epidemic has become this generation’s pressing public health crisis with the same devastating effect as the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, a top health expert said. Read More.
Study Finds Americans More Likely to See Opioid Crisis Nationally Than Locally – The Guardian – July 26, 2018
Most Americans are blind to the opioid epidemic in their own backyards, a study shows, despite predictions the crisis could claim more than half a million lives in the US by 2027. Read More.
Two pharmaceutical companies say the real culprits in the opioids epidemic are illegal dealers of the painkillers and want them to be on the hook financially for any damages potentially assessed against drugmakers. Read More.