Opioids

FILE - This July 3, 2018 file photo shows a Narcan nasal device which delivers naloxone in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, health officials reported that 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. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
August 06, 2019 - 1:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — 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. The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by U.S. retail pharmacies doubled from 2017 to...
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July 24, 2019 - 12:17 pm
An executive at one of the nation's largest drug distribution companies said under questioning recently that the business has no obligation to the public when it comes to the amount of prescription opioid painkillers it ships.
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July 18, 2019 - 1:38 pm
The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural county deep in Appalachia.
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July 09, 2019 - 12:57 pm
Lying inside a scanner, the patient watched as pictures appeared one by one: A bicycle. A cupcake. Heroin. Outside, researchers tracked her brain's reactions to the surprise sight of the drug she'd fought to kick.
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June 10, 2019 - 3:20 pm
A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.
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Round, White Pills
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December 21, 2018 - 7:51 am
The 324-page report followed an 18-month investigation and focused on the three largest U.S. wholesale drug companies.
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October 04, 2018 - 12:23 pm
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has joined the effort to open Philadelphia's and possibly the nation's first supervised drug injection site— saying Wednesday that he would support the effort even if it meant facing federal charges.
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Opioids
June 05, 2018 - 9:59 am
Westmoreland County says, so far this year, fatal overdoses are down more than 40 percent.
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Joe DeStio
April 26, 2018 - 10:48 am
What happens when federal, state, and local authorities target heroin trade and opiate abuse as their number one priority? U.S. Attorney Scott Brady admits dealers and users start to turn back to cocaine. "This case is clear evidence of a disturbing trend," Brady said in announcing 39 indictment...
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U.S. Surgeon General
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Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
April 05, 2018 - 2:05 pm
The nation's chief doctor issued a public health advisory. Surgeon General Jerome Adams wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives. Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Thursday...
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