November 4, 2017

Sickle Cell Patients Endure Discrimination, Poor Care And Shortened Lives

Source: NPR In her San Francisco home, NeDina Brocks-Capla has made a shrine filled with memories of son Kareem Jones, who died of sickle cell disease in 2013. Jenny Gold/KHN For more than a year, NeDina Brocks-Capla avoided one room in her large, brightly colored San Francisco house — the bathroom on the second floor. […]

November 1, 2017

The opioid crisis: Crucial next steps

Source: Politico The on-the-record discussion, moderated by POLITICO’s executive editor for health care Joanne Kenen and POLITICO health care reporter Sarah Karlin-Smith, identified areas of both agreement and disagreement on next steps. | Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images Health Care A POLITICO working group report. By POLITICO STAFF Share on Facebook Share on Twitter America’s opioid epidemic […]

October 31, 2017

Trump opioid panel ducks question of new money

Source: Politico The commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, will recommend the Trump administration increase access to addiction treatment and recovery programs. | AP Photo Share on Facebook Share on Twitter President Donald Trump’s opioid commission will call Wednesday for big boosts in substance abuse treatment programs but stop short of asking for […]

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 […]