November 29, 2017

AG Jeff Sessions announces new tools to address opioid epidemic

Source: CBS News WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 29: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) speaks as Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson (L) listens during a news conference at the Justice Department November 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Alex Wong / Getty Images Last Updated Nov 29, 2017 12:10 PM EST Attorney General Jeff Sessions […]

November 29, 2017

Retired admiral on “most shocking call” of his life

Source: CBS News In our ongoing series Issues That Matter, we’re taking a closer look at the opioid epidemic, which has taken more than half a million lives since the year 2000. For retired Navy Adm. Sandy Winnefeld, the epidemic is personal. Three days after he and his wife dropped their 19-year-old son, Jonathan, off […]

November 28, 2017

Doctor who doesn’t use computer can’t regain license

Source: CBS News Dr. Anna Konopka sits in her tiny office in New London, N.H., on Nov. 2, 2017. The 84-year-old physician lost her license after being accused by the state’s Board of Medicine of problems with her record keeping, prescribing of medicines and medical decision making. AP CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire judge […]

November 27, 2017

In Ads, Tobacco Companies Admit They Made Cigarettes More Addictive

Source: NPR Advertisements paid for by tobacco companies say their products are deadly and were manipulated to be more addictive. Tobacco Free Kids If you read a newspaper on Sunday, there’s a good chance you came across a full-page ad warning of the dangers of smoking. The stark messages with black text on an otherwise […]

November 26, 2017

Should Hospitals Be Punished For Post-Surgical Patients’ Opioid Addiction?

Source: NPR After two weeks of recovery from an addiction to opioids prescribed by her surgeon, Katie Herzog takes a walk with her dog, Pippen. Jesse Costa/WBUR In April this year, Katie Herzog checked into a Boston teaching hospital for what turned out to be a nine-hour-long back surgery. The 68-year-old consulting firm president left […]

November 25, 2017

Clearing the air about COPD

Source: CBS News Just how common is COPD? And just how disheartening and confusing can a diagnosis be? These are questions our Senior Contributor Ted Koppel has been grappling with for very many years, and very close to home, as he’ll be telling us in our Cover Story:  Everything I tell you this morning is […]

November 24, 2017

Telemedicine For Addiction Treatment? Picture Remains Fuzzy

Source: NPR When President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, it came with a regulatory change intended to make it easier for people to get care. Doctors are now allowed to prescribe addiction medicine virtually, without ever seeing the patient in person. In Indiana, this kind of virtual visit has been legal […]

November 23, 2017

Human Brains Have Evolved Unique ‘Feel-Good’ Circuits

Source: NPR A chimpanzee skull, at left, and a human skull. Scientists are probing why our brains evolved so differently despite many similarities. D. Roberts/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra A brain system involved in everything from addiction to autism appears to have evolved differently in people than in great apes, a team reports Thursday in the […]

November 22, 2017

Asking About Opioids: A Treatment Plan Can Make All The Difference

Source: NPR Dr. Terry Horton, chief of addiction medicine and medical director of Project Engage at Christiana Care Health System, testified about opioid addiction before a U.S. Senate committee in May. Courtesy of Christiana Care Health System For years, doctors have asked people about tobacco use and excessive drinking in the hopes that the answers […]

November 21, 2017

Finally, Big Tobacco’s antismoking ads, but who’ll see them?

Source: CBS News WASHINGTON – Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time TV this weekend — but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge […]