March 6, 2018

Jump In Overdoses Shows Opioid Epidemic Has Worsened

Source: NPR Opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms are way up. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids. Spencer Platt/Getty Images There’s more bad news about the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic. In just one year, overdoses from opioids jumped by about 30 percent, according to the a report released Tuesday by […]

March 6, 2018

Opioids Don’t Beat Other Medications For Chronic Pain

Source: NPR Renea Molden was able to stop taking opioid painkillers with the help of non-opioid alternatives. Alex Smith/KCUR A few years ago, Renea Molden’s doctors told her they wanted to take her off her opioid pills. “I was mad, I’ll be honest. I was mad. I was frustrated,” she says. Molden, of Kansas City, […]

March 5, 2018

More kids landing in hospital after opioid overdoses

Source: CBS News A growing number of U.S. kids are ending up in the intensive care unit after overdosing on prescription painkillers or other opioids, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 2004 and 2015, the number of children and teens admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit for an opioid overdose nearly doubled. […]

March 1, 2018

Trump suggests death penalty to stop opioid epidemic

Source: Politico “Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty — and by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do,” President Donald Trump said. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Twitter President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested using the death penalty on […]

March 1, 2018

States Seek More Federal Funding For Opioid Treatment, Not More Promises

Source: NPR Colorado State Rep. Brittany Pettersen (right) is advocating for more treatment money for opioid addiction, in part because of the substance abuse struggles of her mother, Stacy (left). Nathaniel Minor/CPR News Opioids are on the White House agenda Thursday — President Trump plans to talk with members of his administration about the crisis. […]

February 25, 2018

The opioid epidemic: Taking Big Pharma to court

Source: CBS News To address the rising epidemic of opioid overdose deaths, advocates are taking a page from the war on “Big Tobacco.” Correspondent Lee Cowan talks with Mississippi lawyer Mike Moore (the state’s former Attorney General) and with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who both seek to make drug manufacturers legally liable for the […]

February 24, 2018

The war on opioids moves to the courtroom

Source: CBS News WHO’S TO BLAME for this nation’s opioid crisis? If anyone is qualified to point an accusing finger, it may be the man who led the fight against another scourge years ago. Our Cover Story is reported by Lee Cowan:  “We will bring this industry to their knees right here in Mississippi, and […]

February 23, 2018

These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain

Source: NPR Ashley Copeland (right) talks to her mom Sue Iverson in the Swedish Medical Center emergency department, near Denver. Copeland got a nerve-blocking anesthetic instead of opioids to ease her severe headache. At discharge she was advised to use over-the-counter painkillers, if necessary. John Daley / CPR News One of the most common reasons […]

February 20, 2018

ER Reduces Opioid Use By More Than Half With Dry Needles, Laughing Gas

Source: NPR Francisco Hidalgo prepares to receive a trigger point injection from Dr. Alexis LaPietra (right) at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., while Dr. Tyler Manis observes. An alternative to opioids, the trigger point injection involves dry needling to stop pain from a muscle spasm and a shot of local anesthetic for […]