Highly-addictive opioids including fentanyl, morphine and oxycodone were stolen from the Haines SEARHC Clinic during a break-in late last week. The Haines Police Department has warned first responders about the increased potential for drug-related emergencies because of the incident.
Walker said the state government risks spending all of its savings if it denies there’s a problem and hopes for oil prices to rise.
More people struggle with alcohol or drugs than have cancer, and 1 in 5 Americans binge drink. It all costs the nation $420 billion a year. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says we know how to help.
More fallout from the opioid epidemic: More grandparents are raising their grandchildren.
Whether it’s toddlers mistaking pills for candy or teenagers taking opioids on purpose, the huge rise in access to opioid painkillers has led to more children being poisoned and hospitalized.
Insurance claims for medical services related to opioid dependence rose more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014, a study finds, suggesting that opioid problems have gone mainstream.
“For patients who are similar across a broad range of characteristics … there appears to be a large range in the propensity of hospitals to prescribe opioids,” said Dr. Anupam Jena, associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and the study’s lead author.
The Senate bill, an amalgam of more than a dozen proposals, will expand access to medication-assisted treatment. It also will encourage police to send drug users to treatment rather than to jail.
The government is raising the limit on the number of patients a doctor can treat for opioid addiction using the drug buprenorphine to 275 from 100. The move expands office-based treatment options.
The FDA has approved the Probuphine implant for medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction. It lasts for six months, compared to daily pills. But it also will be more expensive.