The number of deaths from overdoses of illicit opioids rose sharply again in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. "The epidemic of deaths involving opioids continues to worsen," said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.
The Baker administration on Thursday launched a new initiative to combat the state's opioid abuse epidemic, this one with a focus on reducing the risk of addiction for workers who are injured on the job. The two-year pilot program is designed for people with settled workers' compensation cases who are being treated with opioid medication, but whose insurance company seeks to stop payment for the opioid.
The leading prescriber of opioid oxycodone in Michigan during 2015 was sentenced last week to eight years in federal prison Tuesday for conspiring to distribute prescription pills illegally, as well as defrauding Medicare, according to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade's office. Dr. Fanny Dela Cruz, 73, owner and operator of a medical clinic in Livonia, admitted to receiving cash payments for pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids, that were given out to patients that Dela Cruz had not examined, according to the federal prosecutors.
A member of the Hells Angels says he never intended to ship cocaine from Ontario to Saskatoon but strung along a police informant because the man was his sole source of drugs for his back pain. Rob Allen, 36, testified Wednesday at his trial for cocaine trafficking, charges laid under the RCMP's Project Forseti, which saw 19 locations raided across Alberta and Saskatchewan.
In 2014, the number of deaths from opioid overdoses in the U.S. jumped to its highest level on record. The spike brought national attention to the epidemic and the awareness that new interventions are needed.
The patent offers protection through Egalet002, an extended-release, oxycodone formulation designed to deter common routes of abuse and in late-stage development for the management of pain severe enough to require daily around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate, uses Egalet's proprietary Guardian Technology. The physical hardness of the tablet and the gelling effect of the matrix combine to give Egalet-002 its physical and chemical abuse-deterrent characteristics.
John Christensen, doctor accused in the manslaughter deaths of patients at his pain clinicon Broadway, at a hearing in 2014. "The court doesn't think this is an appropriate sentence," she said, pointing out that the 65-year-old former West Palm Beach doctor pleaded guilty in September to two counts of manslaughter and a charge of conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone.
About 5 million fewer doses of the most addictive pain killers like oxycodone and hydrocodone were prescribed in New Hampshire in 2016 compared to the year before - nearly a 10 percent drop. Doctors in New Hampshire prescribed over 45 million doses of narcotic painkillers this year, but health officials say the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is helping providers cut down on overprescribing.
The increasing number of fentanyl-related deaths in Manitoba must be met with a response that uses research and evidence to produce life-saving results. Policies that focus solely on controlling supply or criminalizing drug users doesn't address the complex causes of addictions.