McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic – the first sign of progress in resolving state lawsuits against the drug distributors, according to people familiar with negotiations. Read More.
A Lifesaving, Overdose-Reversing Drug Might Be Slowing the Opioid Crisis – USA Today – August 6, 2019
Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades. Read More.
The opioid epidemic has become widespread throughout the country and is considered a top public health priority. According to the CDC, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Pharmacists can play an important role in educating the community on prescription drug abuse prevention strategies. Read More.
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Progress. Preliminary data from @mnhealth indicates that opioid-related deaths declined in 2018, marking the first change in the long term upward trend since 2000. https://t.co/v9JLEXjNSB. https://t.co/He5iYOVs5W