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 […]

January 29, 2018

Is Smoking Pot While Pregnant Safe For The Baby?

Source: NPR Andria Smith (left) with her daughter Delilah Smith (center) and Jenna Sauter’s son, Maverick Hawkins, in Nevada City, Calif. The mothers are both members of the Facebook group “Pot Smoking Moms Who Cuss Sometimes.” Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News Two-year old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red plastic car in his grandmother’s living room […]

January 26, 2018

An Uncle’s Overdose Spurs Medicaid Official To Change Course

Source: NPR The revelation that a favorite uncle had died from a long hidden drug habit shook Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky to his core. Last month Ostrovksy quit his job as Medicaid’s chief medical officer, and joined a group that’s working to dispel the shame of addiction. Gary Waters/Getty Images Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky’s family did not […]

January 24, 2018

What’s Next For ‘Safe Injection’ Sites In Philadelphia?

Source: NPR Philadelphia officials cleared the way for a safe injection site for drug users. But there are many details to work out before the idea can become reality. Matt Rourke/AP Philadelphia is a step closer to opening what could be the nation’s first supervised site for safe drug injection. But turning the idea into […]

January 23, 2018

Philadelphia backs safe injection sites to curb opioid overdoses

Source: CBS News PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia wants to become the first U.S. city to allow supervised drug injection sites as a way to combat the opioid epidemic, officials announced Tuesday. They said they are seeking outside operators to establish one or more in the city. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said the sites could […]