October 30, 2017

The lucrative, but dubious, biz of treating sex addiction

Source: CBS News Here are three things to know about sex addiction. First, a growing body of research suggests compulsive sexual behavior affects between 3 and 6 percent of the U.S. population. Second, celebrities who often blame the condition for sexual improprieties probably don’t have it, therapists say. Third, it doesn’t feature much in the medical literature, […]

October 30, 2017

“Wolves ahead of the pack”: How opioid epidemic compares with past crises

Source: CBS News NEW YORK — While declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency Thursday, President Donald Trump said: “Nobody has seen anything like what’s going on now.” He was right, and he was wrong. Yes, this is the most widespread and deadly drug crisis in the nation’s history. But there has been […]

October 28, 2017

Inside Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war: The cycle of violence

Source: CBS News He keeps one hand in a tense fist an inch away from the black canvas bag holding his gun. He talks quickly, delivering direct admissions. Slightly bruised toes hang from his rubber flip-flops. He is a self-identified hitman who claims President Rodrigo Duterte‘s government fuels and demands murder.  “I think we are […]

October 27, 2017

Counting The Heavy Cost Of Care In The Age Of Opioids

Source: NPR Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s health commissioner, says the federal government should help pay for a lifesaving drug that reverses opioid overdose. Meredith Rizzo/NPR As deaths from opioid overdoses rise around the country, the city of Baltimore feels the weight of the epidemic. “I see the impact every single day,” says Leana Wen, the […]

October 26, 2017

Walgreens stocking anti-opioid nasal spray Narcan

Source: CBS News Walgreens (WBA) is now stocking Narcan at all of its more than 8,000 locations nationwide, the company announced Thursday. The nasal spray, which is an FDA-approved form of naloxone, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The drug store chain said the move was “part of its comprehensive national plan to combat […]

October 26, 2017

Critics say Trump's opioid announcement didn't go far enough

Source: CBS News WASHINGTON — Opioids are responsible for the overwhelming majority of drug deaths, which have grown dramatically from just under 17,000 in 1999 to 52,000 in 2015 — a more than 200 percent increase. President Trump declared a public health emergency on Thursday to fight the epidemic. But critics were quick to say […]

October 26, 2017

Trump's call to bolster virtual opioid treatment lacks muscle, critics say

Source: Politico President Donald Trump declares the opioid crisis a national public health emergency during an event in the East Room of the White House on Oct. 26. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo President Donald Trump on Thursday signaled his intention to break a logjam preventing doctors from treating opioid addiction through long-distance consults, a vital […]

October 26, 2017

Get rid of leftover pills on Drug Take Back Day

Source: CBS News Safely dispose of old painkiller prescriptions and other leftover or expired drugs this weekend on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Getty Images/iStockphoto Last Updated Oct 26, 2017 5:33 PM EDT President Trump is encouraging Americans to rid their medicine cabinets of leftover prescription drugs by turning them in to designated collection sites on National […]

October 26, 2017

“Hope dealers”: West Virginia women offer help to opioid addicts

Source: CBS News Our continuing series, A More Perfect Union, aims to show that what unites us as Americans is stronger than what divides us. President Trump is expected to declare a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic Thursday, but four women in West Virginia have already made it their first priority. They live […]

October 26, 2017

Trump to declare opioid crisis a public health emergency

Source: CBS News President Donald Trump plans to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency on Thursday afternoon at the White House and call for all federal agencies to authorize emergency measures to reduce a crisis that claimed more than 64,000 lives in 2016.  The move stops short of what Trump initially promised to […]