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white house: true cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion


the white house says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars.






white house: true cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion


washington (ap) — the white house says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. in an analysis to be released monday, the council of economic advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. the council said […]






the latest: white house suggests $45b in opioid fight


the latest on the u.s. policy on the opioid epidemic (all times local):






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.






trump to tackle opioid addiction in white house speech


president donald trump is poised to deliver a major speech thursday on fighting the opioid epidemic, the deadliest drug crisis in u.s. history.






trump to tackle opioid addiction in white house speech


washington (ap) — president donald trump is poised to deliver a major speech thursday on fighting the opioid epidemic, the deadliest drug crisis in u.s. history. “we’re going to have a big meeting on opioids tomorrow,” trump told reporters as he left the white house wednesday en route to texas. he said his plan to […]






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.






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...






medicaid fueling opioid epidemic? new theory is challenged


washington (ap) — an intriguing new theory is gaining traction among conservative foes of the obama-era health law: its medicaid expansion to low-income adults may be fueling the opioid epidemic. if true, that would represent a shocking outcome for the affordable care act. but there’s no evidence to suggest that’s happening, say university researchers who […]






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.






opioid crisis cost $504b in 2015, higher than once thought


president donald trump said monday that the opioid epidemic is "ravaging so many american families and communities." it also appears to be more expensive than previously thought, according to a government analysis released monday.






christie to join white house opioid effort


washington — new jersey gov. chris christie is expected to join a white house effort to combat opioid abuse. a white house official said monday that the governor would work on an opioid task force that will be announced later this week. the official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans in […]






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’...






trump is delving into the nation's opioid addiction crisis. here's a look at its


president trump today is hosting a listening session at the white house on opioid and other drug abuse. during his campaign, trump promised to end the opioid addiction epidemic. this week, he appointed new jersey gov. chris christie to lead a white house commission to combat drug addiction. christie...






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.






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.






2 addiction counselors at halfway house die of drug overdose


authorities say two addiction counselors at a suburban philadelphia halfway house have died of opioid overdoses.chester county district attorney tom hogan says, "if anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has...






first lady to host discussion on opioid crisis


melania trump has invited experts and people affected by addiction to opioids to the white house for a listening session and discussion about the epidemic.






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...






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...






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






heroin epidemic expands its grip on america


heroin use in the u.s. jumped fivefold over a decade, and young, white males are the epidemic's most likely victims, a new study finds. one addiction specialist blamed the lax use of prescription opioid painkillers — narcotics such as oxycontin, percocet and vicodin — for the surge in heroin use....






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.






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.






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...






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 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...