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 […]

October 26, 2017

Major Trump speech on opioid crisis may prove controversial

Source: CBS News WASHINGTON — President Trump is poised to deliver a major speech Thursday on fighting the opioid epidemic, the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history. “We’re going to have a big meeting on opioids tomorrow,” Mr. Trump told reporters as he left the White House Wednesday en route to Texas. He said his […]

October 26, 2017

Trump vows to 'liberate' Americans from 'scourge of drug addiction'

Source: Politico President Donald Trump arrives in the East Room of the White House to deliver remarks on combating the opioid crisis Thursday. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images But critics say his words won’t mean much without the money to back them up. By BRIANNA EHLEY and SARAH KARLIN-SMITH Thu Oct 26 18:05:31 EDT 2017 President […]

October 26, 2017

Court To Rule On Whether Relapse By An Addicted Opioid User Should Be A Crime

Source: NPR Julie Eldred is back at home in Massachusetts now. But she was sentenced to a treatment program for opioid addiction as part of a probation agreement, then sent to jail when she relapsed. Some addiction specialists say that’s unjust. Jesse Costa/WBUR Julie Eldred has been struggling with addiction to opioids for more than […]

October 25, 2017

Senior health officials in the dark about Trump's opioid declaration

Source: Politico Public health advocates are anxiously awaiting the fine print of Trump’s announcement — particularly how much money he might direct to fight the opioid addiction crisis. | Getty Images An administration official said the White House has asked at least one federal agency to provide estimates of additional funding it will need. By […]