February 8, 2018

Senate Budget Deal Would Give A Boost To Health Programs

Source: NPR “This bill represents a significant bipartisan step forward,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images In a rare show of congressional cooperation, Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate announced a two-year budget deal Wednesday that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many […]

February 7, 2018

Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment

Source: NPR On Jan. 10, President Trump signed into law the bipartisan Interdict Act, to give federal agents more tools to curtail opioid trafficking. But, after declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency last fall, Trump has been slow to request money for treatment, critics note. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images More than […]

February 7, 2018

Opioid “alternative” kratom actually contains opioids, FDA says

Source: CBS News Kratom capsules are displayed in a 2017 photo. Mary Esch / AP WASHINGTON — U.S. health authorities say the herbal supplement kratom, which is often promoted as a natural alternative pain remedy, actually contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction […]

February 6, 2018

Fetal alcohol cases “not uncommon,” study finds

Source: CBS News More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. The prevalence ranged depending on the community. […]

February 6, 2018

Kellyanne Conway’s ‘opioid cabinet’ sidelines drug czar’s experts

Source: Politico President Donald Trump’s war on opioids is beginning to look more like a war on his drug policy office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has taken control of the opioids agenda, quietly freezing out drug policy professionals and relying instead on political staff to address a lethal crisis claiming about 175 lives a […]

February 2, 2018

As opioid overdoses rise, colleges supply reversal drug

Source: Politico Narcan, the made-for-consumers nasal spray brand, hit the market in early 2016, dramatically expanding where the medication could be placed and who could use it. | Getty By LUIS SANCHEZ Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Colleges are increasingly stocking up on an easy-to-use opioid overdose antidote as the number of incidents keeps […]

January 31, 2018

The backstory of Trump’s foundering opioid fight

Source: CBS News In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Trump ticked off the startling, oft-repeated statistics about the opioid epidemic, which is now the largest public health crisis in modern American history. “In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses. 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour,” Mr. Trump said […]

January 31, 2018

FDA cracks down on abuse of anti-diarrhea medication

Source: CBS News Experts say some opioid addicts are taking huge doses of Imodium A-D in search of a heroin-like high. CBS News As part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products. The […]

January 30, 2018

Fact-checking Trump’s first State of the Union address

Source: CBS News President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, arguing his administration is responsible for an economic upswing and heralding a “new American moment” marked by deregulation, tax cuts and new immigration restrictions. Mr. Trump hoped to project a sense of unity in his address before an audience of lawmakers who […]

January 30, 2018

Trump’s top health official traded tobacco stock while leading anti-smoking efforts

Source: Politico The Trump administration’s top public health official bought shares in a tobacco company one month into her leadership of the agency charged with reducing tobacco use — the leading cause of preventable disease and death and an issue she had long championed. The stock was one of about a dozen new investments that […]