Items tagged with opioids and US drug policy

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Canada’s drug crisis has a solution. Politicians don’t like it [29.09.2019] A recent study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction, found that a trio of policies adopted to combat the opioid overdose epidemic saved, ...
US attack on WHO 'hindering morphine drive in poor countries' [18.09.2019] An attack on the World Health Organization (WHO) by US politicians accusing it of being corrupted by drug companies is making it even more difficult ...
Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer drug deaths [06.08.2019] Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the ...
California bill to create ‘safe injection sites’ in San Francisco clears Assembly [23.05.2019] A bill that would allow San Francisco city officials to open facilities where people can inject drugs without legal consequences cleared the state As ...
Drug company founder convicted of bribing doctors with money, strippers to sell more Fentanyl [02.05.2019] A pharmaceutical company founder accused of paying doctors millions of dollars in bribes to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray was convicted ...
Tens of thousands of Americans die each year from opioid overdoses [23.02.2019] Drugs now kill about 70,000 Americans every year—more than car crashes or guns (both 39,000), more than AIDS did at the height of its epidemic (42,00 ...
Legalize pot? Amid opioid crisis, some New Hampshire leaders say no way [20.02.2019] The push to legalize recreational marijuana is sweeping the Northeast: Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine have done it, and the governors of Rhode Isla ...
Why Europe has dodged America's fentanyl crisis [07.02.2019] A perfect storm of conditions over the last decade led to the current fentanyl epidemic in the US. It began with rising social deprivation and excess ...
Trump says China will curtail fentanyl. The U.S. has heard that before [03.12.2018] China vows to stem the supply of the powerful opioid fentanyl flowing into the United States. It pledges to target exports of fentanyl-related substa ...
Fentanyl use drove drug overdose deaths to a record high in 2017, CDC estimates [15.08.2018] Drug overdose deaths surpassed 72,000 in 2017, according to provisional estimates recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
China says United States domestic opioid market the crux of crisis [25.06.2018] China’s drug control agency said the United States should do more to cut its demand for opioids to tackle the use of synthetic drug fentanyl, but it ...
Origins of an epidemic: Purdue Pharma knew its opioids were widely abused [29.05.2018] Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unawa ...
An opioid crisis foretold [21.04.2018] Today’s opioid crisis is already the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Opioid overdoses killed more than 45,000 people in the 12 months th ...
Opioids prescribed less in states where medical marijuana legal, studies find [02.04.2018] In one study, researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens, used data from Medicare Part D, a government-run prescription drug program for people ...
The war on drugs breeds crafty traffickers [26.03.2018] Politicians often escalate drug war rhetoric to show voters that they are doing something. But it is rare to ignore generations of lessons as Preside ...
Trump calls for death penalties for drug dealers as focus of opioids plan [19.03.2018] Donald Trump called for some drug dealers to receive the death penalty in a new opioids policy rollout. “We’re wasting our time if we don’t get tough ...
Feds say 5 NYC doctors took bribes from drug maker to prescribe opioid [16.03.2018] Five Manhattan doctors were paid more than $800,000 by a pharmaceutical company to prescribe a spray version of the highly potent and addictive opioi ...
FDA is using 'bad science' by claiming kratom is an opioid [09.03.2018] Last month, the Food the plant has been imported for years because of its popularity and safe use in Asia.
Drugs should not be in the hands of organized crime [25.02.2018] Drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and are contributing to decline in life expectancy. The opioid epidemic ha ...
Let cities open safe injection sites [24.02.2018] One of the most consistent patterns in the more than 64,000 deaths attributed to opioid and other drug overdoses in 2016 was that the victims’ last m ...
Opioids and methamphetamine: a tale of two crises [24.02.2018] The unchecked acceleration of opioid-related deaths in the USA is, by many measures, the worst of times. Prescriptions peaked in 2012 at more than 25 ...
To cut drug deaths, city considers sanctioned places to shoot up [09.02.2018] In 2016, the opioid epidemic claimed 1,374 lives in New York City. That’s roughly four drug overdose deaths each day. One death every seven hours. Ne ...
Philadelphia aims to become first US city to legalize safe injection sites [06.02.2018] Philadelphia officials are pushing an effort to make the city the first in the U.S. to allow drug users to shoot up at a medically supervised facilit ...
A huge step backward on opioids [24.01.2018] The latest statistics on the overdose crisis -- roughly 64,000 deaths in the United States in 2016 -- also reveal that fentanyl and other synthetic o ...
On the hunt for poppies In Mexico — America's biggest heroin supplier [14.01.2018] Mexico's southwestern Guerrero state is now the top source of heroin for the American drug epidemic, which resulted in more than 64,000 overdose deat ...
Desperate cities consider 'safe injection' sites for opioid users [10.01.2018] Philadelphia officials are advocating to become the first in the U.S. city to open a supervised injection site, where people suffering from heroin or ...
US turns to Trump targets – UN, China and Mexico – for help in opioid crisis [07.01.2018] The president declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, with most recent government estimates suggesting the more than 64,000 fatal overd ...
The opioid crisis is getting worse, particularly for black Americans [22.12.2017] The epidemic of drug overdoses, often perceived as a largely white rural problem, made striking inroads among black Americans last year — particularl ...
Supervised injection sites could stop untold opioid-related deaths [01.12.2017] In addition to the legal issues, the heavy stigma around heroin and other opioids driving the nation's overdose crisis can push individuals into the ...
White House says true cost of opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn [20.11.2017] The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn. In an analysis, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure i ...
The truth about the US ‘opioid crisis’ – prescriptions aren’t the problem [07.11.2017] The news media is awash with hysteria about the opioid crisis (or opioid epidemic). But what exactly are we talking about? If you Google “opioid cris ...
People are dying because of ignorance, not because of opioids [19.10.2017] The vast majority of opioid users do not become addicts. Users’ chances of becoming addicted increase if they are white, male, young and unemployed a ...
The drug industry’s triumph over the DEA [15.10.2017] In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its ...
Commission makes recommendations for tackling opioid crisis in North America [03.10.2017] The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of har ...
The first count of fentanyl deaths in 2016: Up 540% in three years [02.09.2017] Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to ...
How the war on drugs fueled the fentanyl crisis [29.08.2017] A staggering 59,000 people died of drug overdose in 2016 according to a recent New York Times analysis. Annual overdose deaths in the US have already ...
Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years [08.08.2017] For nearly three years, in an undisclosed US city, a social service agency has quietly been inviting people to inject illegal drugs at a clandestine ...
White House panel recommends declaring national emergency on opioids [31.07.2017] President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis asked him to declare a national emergency to deal with the epidemic. The members of the bipartisan ...
Drug deaths in America are rising faster than ever [05.06.2017] Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data c ...
Baltimore homicide detectives to begin investigating drug overdoses [02.05.2017] Baltimore Police have begun investigating overdoses in an effort to trace drugs back to dealers, joining a wave of Maryland law enforcement agencies ...
It’s time to kick our addiction to the war on drugs [25.04.2017] As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes the lead in crafting the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis, he and his colleagues need ...
Is Md. ready for 'heroin assisted therapy'? [10.04.2017] The idea of giving heroin addicts heroin to keep them from crime and other dangers has never been popular with American politicians. Yet several West ...
Trump misses the mark with opioid crisis plan, health advocates say [30.03.2017] The White House plan to address the opioid crisis runs counter to the administration’s health and justice policies, said politicians and advocates. T ...
How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever [23.03.2017] America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever. In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of which were ...
Attorney General Sessions wants to know the science on marijuana and opioids [28.02.2017] Speaking before the National Association of Attorneys General, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed doubt that marijuana could help mitigate ...
Awash in overdoses, Seattle creates safe sites for addicts to inject illegal drugs [27.01.2017] Officials in Seattle approved the nation’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs, calling the move a drastic but n ...
Injecting drugs, under a watchful eye [18.01.2017] It has been nearly 30 years since the first needle exchange program opened in the United States. America has another epidemic now: overdose deaths fr ...
Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse? [10.12.2016] Fentanyl is the latest and most disturbing twist in the epidemic of opioid addiction that has crept across the United States over the past two decade ...
Inside big pharma's fight to block recreational marijuana [21.10.2016] In August, the pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics cited concerns for child safety when, with a $500,000 contribution, it became the largest do ...
What’s next for kratom after the DEA blinks on its emergency ban? [16.10.2016] Researchers and users of kratom were stunned by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s abrupt withdrawal of its stated plan to place the Southeast Asi ...
The DEA is withdrawing a proposal to ban another plant after the Internet got really mad [12.10.2016] The Drug Enforcement Administration is reversing a widely criticized decision that would have banned the use of kratom, a plant that researchers say ...
DEA’s sudden 'herbal heroin' ban triggers stiff resistance from kratom community [31.08.2016] An increasingly popular plant product called "herbal heroin" by detractors is about to become illegal in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Admi ...
Marijuana legalization might be fix to nation’s opioid problems [27.07.2016] Proponents of marijuana prohibition have long alleged that experimentation with pot acts as a “gateway” to the use and eventual abuse of other illici ...
A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic [25.05.2016] America is in the midst of an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic. Nationally, overdose deaths have more than doubled over the past decade and a hal ...
Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths [25.04.2016] As health officials battle increasing mortality associated with heroin and prescription opioids, an even more dangerous group of street drugs has app ...
Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises [20.04.2016] Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe heroin at the center of an epidemic raging across the ...
Fatal drug overdoses hit record high in US, government figures show [18.12.2015] Deaths from drug overdoses have surged across the US to record levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, overd ...
How powerful synthetic drugs will upend drug markets globally [01.12.2014] Illicit drugs made from plants (e.g., cocaine, heroin) are being replaced in some national drug markets by those that are synthesized (e.g., methamph ...

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