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Substance Abuse

History written in Oklahoma; pharma giant Johnson & Johnson fined $572m for its role in opioid crisis

August 29, 2019

History written in Oklahoma; pharma giant Johnson & Johnson fined $572m for its role in opioid crisis

Addiction Substance Abuse

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…

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The dark cloud behind the silver lining; heroin’s downfall is due to fentanyl’s rising popularity

August 29, 2019

The dark cloud behind the silver lining; heroin’s downfall is due to fentanyl’s rising popularity

Addiction Substance Abuse

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…

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After 30 long years, deaths due to drug overdose finally dips in the U.S.

August 08, 2019

After 30 long years, deaths due to drug overdose finally dips in the U.S.

Addiction Substance Abuse

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…

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NQF, BCBS release practical guidelines extending MAT for opioid use disorder

August 07, 2019

NQF, BCBS release practical guidelines extending MAT for opioid use disorder

Addiction Substance Abuse

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…

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Marijuana addiction linked to specific gene; study to help in identification and treatment

July 26, 2019

Marijuana addiction linked to specific gene; study to help in identification and treatment

Addiction Marijuana Substance Abuse

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…

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