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here’s how colorado is combating the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic


the nation’s drug epidemic kills one person in colorado every 9 hours and 36 minutes. the rise in opioid-related deaths, whether from prescription opioids or heroin and fentanyl is to blame. here’s a look at what colorado is doing -- and not doing -- to address the opioid epidemic.






we're in an opioid epidemic that's killing people. why does a state senator want


the prescription drug epidemic is a serial killer, claiming thousands of lives in the u.s. each year. opioid pill mills, trading in dangerous narcotics like oxycodone, have been shut down in southern california and beyond, but investigators say there’s more work to be done. doctors have been arrested...






correction: opioid epidemic-grandfamilies story


ogden, utah (ap) — in a nov. 8 ap member exchange about grandparents helping fight the opioid epidemic, the associated press erroneously spelled the reporter’s last name. it is mark saal, not mark saals. a corrected version of the story is below: grandfamilies program fights symptoms of opioid epidemic karen and ron hard pictured their […]






gop medicaid cuts would hit states fighting opioid epidemic


the republican drive to roll back barack obama's health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that's not letting up.






1st trial date set in state lawsuit over opioid epidemic


oklahoma city (ap) — the first trial date has been set for a lawsuit by a state against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic. oklahoma is one of at least 13 states that have filed lawsuits against drugmakers, alleging fraudulent marketing of drugs that fueled the opioid epidemic. state attorney general mike hunter says a […]






opioid epidemic raising american heart infections


the opioid epidemic in the u.s. has given rise to some major heart problems amongst the people. a study was conducted last year which said the number of americans hospitalized with heart infections caused by use of injected opioid is rising rapidly. researchers from tufts university school of medici...






new hampshire getting nearly $689k to fight opioid epidemic


concord, n.h. (ap) — new hampshire is getting nearly $689,000 in federal funds to combat the opioid, fentanyl, and heroin epidemic. the u.s. department of justice grant goes to the state’s department of safety, division through the anti-heroin task force program. col. christopher wagner, director of the new hampshire state police, said wednesday the money […]






senator demands docs from big pharma as she probes their role in opioid epidemic


sen. claire mccaskill of missouri is investigating the role of five top opioid manufacturers in the national drug epidemic.






jeff sessions won’t use weed to fight opioid epidemic


jeff sessions won’t use weed to fight opioid epidemic attorney general jeff sessions has a prescription for opioid and heroin addicts—and it’s not marijuana. sessions said in a statement that he was “astonished” by suggestions that medical marijuana could be a cure for the epidemic that’...






city in wash. sues drugmaker over opioid epidemic


as deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of seattle.






trump to issue limited emergency declaration to combat the opioid epidemic


president trump plans to direct the u.s. department of health and human services on thursday to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency in response to the deadly opioid epidemic, according to senior administration officials. but the president, who is scheduled to address the epidemic later...






the u.s. has an opioid epidemic, and the trump administration is cracking down o


president trump pledged to end america's "terrible drug epidemic." what his administration has done about the opioid crisis so far is useless or worse.






epidemic at work? businesses forced to deal with drug abuse


"i think i have saved lives," says the owner of cohen architectural woodworking in st. james, mo. -- an area hit very hard by the nation's growing opioid epidemic. opioids range from prescription pain medicine like oxycodone to illegal drugs like heroin.






advocates: declaring opioid epidemic an emergency not enough


president donald trump's long-awaited declaration that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency finally arrives this week. but some advocates are worried that it won't be backed with the money and commitment to make much difference.






ohio sues opioid manufacturers for addiction epidemic


ohio attorney general mike dewine filed a lawsuit wednesday against at least five pharmaceutical companies considered central to the opioid epidemic currently sweeping across the u.s. the filing is not the first legal action against painkiller manufacturers, but its inclusion of five large drug manu...






one in five men leave workforce due to opioid epidemic


while the opioid epidemic is claiming thousands of american lives on an annual basis, it’s also having a detrimental impact on the u.s. economy, according to a new study from princeton university economist alan krueger. the study found that a 20 percent drop in men’s labor force particip...






can pot blunt the opioid epidemic? we don't know because the federal government


an epidemic of opioid abuse is ravaging the united states and, as we look for ways to respond to it, some see cannabis as part of the solution, while others see it as part of the problem. this is just one area in which unbiased scientific research is necessary, but outdated federal legislation,...






how the dea's efforts to crack down on the opioid epidemic were derailed


"60 minutes" and the washington post joint investigation tells the inside story of how the dea's efforts to crack down on the opioid epidemic were derailed






fears mount that obamacare repeal will put life-saving treatments for opioid epi


there weren’t always strollers jamming the lobby of first step home, one of this city’s growing number of drug treatment centers. but as the opioid epidemic has swept through ohio, mothers with babies and small children have flocked to an aging block of brick homes just outside downtown cincinnati....






trump calls opioid epidemic an 'emergency' but offers few new resources to comba


president trump made sweeping new promises thursday to mobilize the federal government against the deadly opioid epidemic, but his language contrasted sharply with an order that stopped well short of a major new commitment of resources for a crisis that last year killed more than 64,000 americans....






li's opioid epidemic costs businesses millions, experts say


long island's opioid epidemic is costing businesses millions of dollars each year in lost worker productivity, workplace accidents and, in some cases, holdups by addicts seeking money to support their habit, experts said friday in melville.






gop's health care rollback collides with the opioid epidemic


the republican campaign to roll back former president barack obama's health care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic. medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.






china carfentanil ban a 'game-changer' for opioid epidemic


so deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in china— until now. beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of march 1, china's ministry of public security said thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end america's opioid epidemic.






five suburban counties suing drug companies over opioid epidemic


five suburban counties in illinois filed lawsuits thursday against more than seven pharmaceutical companies, joining a growing effort to hold manufacturers accountable for the nation’s opioid epidemic. prosecutors in dupage, kane, will, mchenry and lake counties said in a statement that the “aggressive...






5 suburban counties suing drug companies over opioid epidemic


five suburban counties in illinois filed lawsuits thursday against more than seven pharmaceutical companies, joining a growing effort to hold manufacturers accountable for the nation’s opioid epidemic. prosecutors in dupage, kane, will, mchenry and lake counties said in a statement that the “aggressive...






washington’s opioid epidemic: focus more on treatment, not illegal supply, some


a two-day summit on washington’s opioid epidemic focused on reducing the supply of legal drugs. but some panelists wanted to stress a different approach: destigmatizing addiction and advocating medication-assisted treatment.






st. louis hard hit by opioid epidemic


st. louis (ap) — as missouri struggles with the epidemic of opioid abuse, no place in the state has been hit harder than st. louis. there were 23 heroin deaths per 100,000 city residents from 2012 to 2016 — the highest rate in missouri and nearly double the rate in jefferson county, which had the […]






60 minutes and the washington post investigate the opioid epidemic


the inside story of how the dea’s biggest opioid case ever was bargained away by government lawyers






insurers are blocking patient access to pricey non-addictive painkillers — as op


at a time when the united states is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. the reason, experts say: opioid drugs are gen...






trump to issue limited emergency declaration to combat opioid crisis


president trump plans to direct the u.s. department of health and human services on thursday to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency in response to the deadly opioid epidemic, according to senior administration officials. but the president, who is scheduled to address the epidemic later...






christie compares today’s opioid epidemic to aids crisis in ’80s


atlantic city — addressing a conference of addiction treatment professionals friday, gov. chris christie said the state’s opioid addiction epidemic reminds him of another disease outbreak: the hiv and aids crisis in the 1980s. “there’s a lot of similarities,” he said. &...






trump issues limited emergency declaration to combat the opioid epidemic


president trump, who campaigned on a pledge to take on the deadly opioid epidemic, directed the u.s. department of health and human services on thursday to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency in response to the crisis. but despite his sweeping rhetoric about the human toll of drug...






why this ohio sheriff refuses to let his deputies carry narcan to reverse overdo


no one has come up with a solution to the opioid epidemic that has decimated rust belt states, but for people who overdose, naloxone is about as effective an antidoteas there is. the results of the opioid antagonist, which is sprayed up a person's nose and reverses the effect of opioid overdoses,...






opioid epidemic is swamping u.s. hospitals with 1.3m er trips, hospitalizations


in just one year, nearly 1.3 million americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues.






heroin's children: my life inside the us opioid crisis


a teenager who lost both her parents to drugs shares what it is like to grow up amid the us opioid epidemic.