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August 29, 2019
History written in Oklahoma; pharma giant Johnson & Johnson fined $572m for its role in opioid crisis
In a landmark ruling, Judge Thad Balkman of Cleveland County District Court in Norman, Oklahoma has ordered pharmaceutical giants Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in aggravating the opioid crisis in the state. This was the first lawsuit which went on a seven-week trial amongst several others filed against drug manufacturers…Read more
August 29, 2019
The dark cloud behind the silver lining; heroin’s downfall is due to fentanyl’s rising popularity
Heroin is one of the deadliest opioids in the U.S. during the early 1960s. Cities like Baltimore and Portland reeled under the crime and chaos fueled by the drug. However, it has been observed that despite heroin’s long-standing history in the Eastern Seaboard and in some parts of the Midwest, the presence of the drug…Read more
August 08, 2019
After 30 long years, deaths due to drug overdose finally dips in the U.S.
In a much-needed relief from the usual undesirable news associated with the opioid epidemic, it has been reported that deaths due to drug overdoses, especially opioids, have stopped increasing for the first time in the last 30 years. In fact, the preliminary data shows a 5 percent decline in the overall rate of overdose deaths…Read more
August 07, 2019
NQF, BCBS release practical guidelines extending MAT for opioid use disorder
The death toll from drug overdoses continues to escalate in the U.S. More than 702,000 people succumbed to drug overdoses between 1999 and 2017. In 2017, more than 70,000 deaths from drug overdoses were reported making it the leading cause of injury associated deaths in the U.S. Unfortunately, 68 percent of these deaths were attributed…Read more
July 26, 2019
Marijuana addiction linked to specific gene; study to help in identification and treatment
A gene which might increase the risk of an individual getting addicted to marijuana has recently been identified by a group of researchers from Denmark. After thorough examination of genetic data collected from over thousands of people, the group was able to observe a potential genetic cause for marijuana use disorder (MUD), establishing that an…Read more