Mexican drug cartels targeting Montana with fentanyl trade; overdose deaths rising: Law enforcement

Montana AG says cartels are targeting Montana because there are profits to be made Law enforcement officials say Mexican drug cartels are targeting Montana in fentanyl trade; overdose deaths are rising. MISSOULA, Mont. – Opioid overdoses, the No. 1 killer of Americans ages 18 to 45, aren’t slowing down, and police say there’s a rise of a more dangerous substance — fentanyl.  In Montana, state law … Continue reading Mexican drug cartels targeting Montana with fentanyl trade; overdose deaths rising: Law enforcement

Fentanyl Entering US Through Southern Border at “Unprecedented Levels”: Rep. Higgins

Implementing a new law to punish traffickers of fentanyl and declaring deaths from the drug as a health crisis could curb the damage it is doing to the country. The Epoch Times spoke to Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) about the growing fentanyl crisis in the United States. The Republican lawmaker represents Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district, which includes Lafayette Parish. According to the local coroner, there were 32 … Continue reading Fentanyl Entering US Through Southern Border at “Unprecedented Levels”: Rep. Higgins

8 Montanans Died of Fentanyl Overdose in Last 10 Days+ Deadliest Week on Record

Fentanyl deaths continue to spike precipitously in the state, with the Riverstone Health in Billings reporting that 8 people have overdosed and died from the dangerous drug between May 22 and June 1st, making it the deadlines week on record and continuing to set a blistering pace that is expected to to be several magnitudes higher than previous years. The victims were between the ages … Continue reading 8 Montanans Died of Fentanyl Overdose in Last 10 Days+ Deadliest Week on Record

Walgreens To Pay Fla. $683M In Opioid Settlement

Walgreens has agreed to pay Florida $683 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the pharmacy chain helped fuel the opioid crisis in the state. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the agreement Thursday, which requires Walgreens to pay $620 million to the state over a period of 18-years and 63 million for legal fees. Walgreens dished out billions of opioid dosages in Florida since 2006, … Continue reading Walgreens To Pay Fla. $683M In Opioid Settlement

Opioid Distributors Reach $518 Million Settlement With Washington State

Washington has reached a $518 million settlement with drug distributors McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp., and Cardinal Health, ending a months-long trial over the companies’ alleged role in fueling the opioid epidemic in the state, the three companies announced on Tuesday. McKesson will pay $197 million, while AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal will each pay $160.5 million. Washington opted out of a $26 billion nationwide opioid settlement involving the three … Continue reading Opioid Distributors Reach $518 Million Settlement With Washington State

CDC Proposes New Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids, Dropping Specific Dosage Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proposed new opioid prescribing guidelines that will drop its prior recommendation of specific limits on doses of opioid painkillers when treating chronic pain patients, among other changes. The proposed update seeks to amend the CDC’s current guideline for prescribing opioids, issued in 2016, which had sparked a dramatic decline in pain pill prescriptions across the United States, but … Continue reading CDC Proposes New Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids, Dropping Specific Dosage Recommendations

Study: Overdose risk doubles for young people with family on opioids

By Brian P. Dunleavy March 27 (UPI) — Adolescents and young adults with family members on prescription opioids are more than twice as likely as others to overdose on the pain medications, a new study has found. In results published Friday by JAMA Network Open, researchers note that young people who have access to these drugs from family members may misuse them, perhaps in unsafe amounts. Additionally, … Continue reading Study: Overdose risk doubles for young people with family on opioids

Surpassing Overdose: Study Links Opioids to Heart-Related Deaths

BY SETH POLLARD POSTED ON MAY 3, 2019     The opioid epidemic has been a topic of conversation for a years now. With doctors and pharmacies being instructed to be more careful with their prescribing of the medication, and some states even asking them to look up a patient’s drug history before dispensing the drugs, it comes as no surprise that abuse and overdose are two … Continue reading Surpassing Overdose: Study Links Opioids to Heart-Related Deaths

Meth is back and flooding the streets of Ohio and Kentucky, and it’s uglier than ever

Terry DeMio, Cincinnati EnquirerPublished 8:14 a.m. ET Feb. 13, 2020 The floor seemed filthy and she could not get rid of the grime. Amie Detzel frantically scrubbed that nursing home floor with cleaning supplies she’d found when no one was looking. On hands and knees, dragging her IV pole with her, the gravely sick woman incessantly scrubbed. Meth had found its way into the nursing home. She was … Continue reading Meth is back and flooding the streets of Ohio and Kentucky, and it’s uglier than ever

Big Pharma’s addictive opioids are causing the ruination of society

Thursday, December 26, 2019 by: Isabelle Z. (Natural News) Opioid addicts aren’t the only ones suffering from the drug. The crisis is now ruining society in ways that we are only beginning to grasp, and it’s all thanks to greedy pharmaceutical companies who care more about profits than people. For example, opioid addicts desperate for their next fix are contributing to a spike in retail theft. … Continue reading Big Pharma’s addictive opioids are causing the ruination of society

Purdue Pharma’s foreign affiliate now selling overdose cure

By CLAIRE GALOFARO and KRISTEN GELINEAU – today   The gleaming white booth towered over the medical conference in Italy in October, advertising a new brand of antidote for opioid overdoses. “Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life,” the slogan on its walls said. Some conference attendees were stunned when they saw the company logo: Mundipharma, the international affiliate of Purdue Pharma — the maker of … Continue reading Purdue Pharma’s foreign affiliate now selling overdose cure

42 Addiction Statistics and Facts to Know in 2019

by Hristina Nikolovska –  September 10, 2019 We’ve compiled the following list of addiction statistics from several verified sources to help educate you. Addiction is a big problem throughout the world, with a lot of people battling various forms of the disease. Because of addiction’s prevalence in the world today, it has become necessary to know the various forms this problem takes and the effects these substances have on … Continue reading 42 Addiction Statistics and Facts to Know in 2019

Hospitals are putting Native American patients at risk for opioid abuse, audit says

Associated Press Published 11:17 a.m. ET July 22, 2019 | Updated 3:53 p.m. ET July 22, 2019 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — U.S. government hospitals placed Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing the drugs, according to a federal audit made public Monday. The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of … Continue reading Hospitals are putting Native American patients at risk for opioid abuse, audit says

They knew: Recently unsealed court documents reveal that makers of OxyContin purposely misled doctors and consumers about the strength of the drug

(Natural News) The opioid epidemic has been costly, there’s little doubt about that. With 47,600 deaths from opioid overdose in 2017 alone, the wave of death shows no signs of slowing down. And all the while, Big Pharma has been cashing out. Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family and producer of the most infamous opioid, OxyContin, was raking in $1 billion in annual sales … Continue reading They knew: Recently unsealed court documents reveal that makers of OxyContin purposely misled doctors and consumers about the strength of the drug

Feds: A popular drug from the disco era is making a deadly return

Today’s narcotics abusers may be turning to cocaine in part “because there’s been a lot of bad press about other drugs.” May 5, 2019, 5:11 AM MDT By Corky Siemaszko   The bitter lessons about the dangers of cocaine from the disco era in the 1970s may be lost on a new generation of drug abusers. A phenomenon known as “generational forgetting” may be one of … Continue reading Feds: A popular drug from the disco era is making a deadly return

Federal opioid pill bust reveals doctors trading pills for sex, dentists pulling good teeth

Terry DeMio, Cincinnati EnquirerPublished 5:35 p.m. ET April 19, 2019 CINCINNATI – They were medical professionals but they traded prescription pain pills for sex, prosecutors say. Others let untrained office workers examine patients, leaving a blank prescription pad at the clinic, their indictments reveal. One dentist extracted the healthy teeth of patients as an excuse to give them painkillers, the feds say. Two of the prescribers charged in this … Continue reading Federal opioid pill bust reveals doctors trading pills for sex, dentists pulling good teeth

Costa Mesa files lawsuit against distributors and manufacturers of opioid pain medication

By LUKE MONEY – APR 11, 2019 | 5:15 PM Costa Mesa is taking distributors and manufacturers of opioid pain medication to court in a bid to recoup tax dollars it alleges were spent as a result of the addiction epidemic that has afflicted communities coast to coast.   In a lawsuit filed March 29, the city argues that the businesses “intentionally flooded the market with opioids and pocketed … Continue reading Costa Mesa files lawsuit against distributors and manufacturers of opioid pain medication

Johnson & Johnson exposed as the mastermind corporation behind the opioid epidemic that kills 60,000 Americans a year

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by: Isabelle Z. (Natural News) Who is to blame for the opioid epidemic that is currently gripping the nation and taking the lives of 60,000 Americans each year? Most people tend to blame the makers of these drugs, the doctors who prescribe them, and some even fault those who take these medications. However, now a very familiar name has been exposed as … Continue reading Johnson & Johnson exposed as the mastermind corporation behind the opioid epidemic that kills 60,000 Americans a year

Where you live may influence how much opioid you use

March 11, 2019 In a recent study, researchers found where people live may determine how many opioids they can get. For example, people who sought care for a sprained ankle in states that are “high prescribers” of opioids were three times more likely to get a prescription for opioids than people in “low-prescribing” states. The research was conducted by a team from Penn Medicine. Previous … Continue reading Where you live may influence how much opioid you use

Despite what Big Pharma says, opioids do almost nothing to treat pain – study

Thursday, March 07, 2019 by: Lance D Johnson (Natural News) A placebo pill is almost as effective as opioids for killing pain, suggests a new meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This is because the physiological pain-killing effects of opioids decrease over time. As the pain-killing effects wane, a larger dose is needed, causing opioid addiction. The researchers warn that this can lead to physical … Continue reading Despite what Big Pharma says, opioids do almost nothing to treat pain – study

Kratom Overdoses Are on the Rise. Why They’re Hard to Spot

The FDA reported a spike in kratom overdoses. Here are the warning signs. Written by Gigen Mammoser on February 22, 2019 Kratom use has ballooned in recent years. So have overdoses. In the United States, calls to poison control centers about the drug have jumped dramatically. About 32 percent of those cases ended up being admitted to the hospital, with more than half resulting in … Continue reading Kratom Overdoses Are on the Rise. Why They’re Hard to Spot

Disturbing CDC statistics show that opioids have killed more people than the Vietnam War

Yeshua -Jesus alone, Can Break the Chains of Addiction and Set You Free!   Sunday, February 17, 2019 by: Rhonda Johansson (Natural News) Data from a newly released study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that nearly a quarter of a million Americans have died in the last two decades from overdosing on opioid drugs — a number four times the number of U.S. casualties from the … Continue reading Disturbing CDC statistics show that opioids have killed more people than the Vietnam War

Prescription painkillers found to worsen chronic pain, generating more demand for the same drugs

Sunday, February 17, 2019 by: Vicki Batts (Natural News) The opioid epidemic that is currently plaguing the United States is no longer a secret; millions of citizens across the nation are struggling with an addiction to the prescription painkillers. One of the primary defenses for these often-harmful drugs is that so many people take them to relieve unyielding and insufferable pain. But what if these drugs aren’t actually helping those … Continue reading Prescription painkillers found to worsen chronic pain, generating more demand for the same drugs

Overdose deaths tied to antianxiety drugs like Xanax continue to rise

Many fatalities involving benzodiazepines also involve opioids BY AIMEE CUNNINGHAM – 8:00AM, JANUARY 17, 2019 SERENITY PILL  Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax, are widely prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia. Also highly addictive, the drugs are involved in more and more overdose deaths. As public health officials tackle opioid addiction and overdoses, another class of prescription drugs has been contributing to a growing number of … Continue reading Overdose deaths tied to antianxiety drugs like Xanax continue to rise

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum: Our criminal justice system has an opioid problem

By Gov. Doug Burgum | Fox News Since the age of 14, Jyssica Noble’s primary motivation has resulted in an overwhelming set of circumstances: she experienced periods of homelessness; she struggled to find work; she lost her son to foster care after police raided her hotel room; she served several stints in jail. For the majority of Americans, Jyssica is just one of the many people who … Continue reading North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum: Our criminal justice system has an opioid problem

BOOM! Trump’s DOJ criminally charges 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses raking in billions in medical fraud to push toxic drugs

06/29/2018 / By Mike Adams President Trump is draining the “medical swamp.” The U.S. health care system is plagued by rampant fraud, abuse and profiteering carried out by dishonest doctors and pharmacists. In working to combat the rampant fraud, the DOJ has announced an unprecedented crackdown on medical fraud, charging over 600 people with criminal activities that involved over $2 billion medical fraud. U.S. Attorney General Jeff … Continue reading BOOM! Trump’s DOJ criminally charges 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses raking in billions in medical fraud to push toxic drugs

Cannabis proven an effective alternative form of pain relief for elderly patients, allowing many to quit taking dangerous meds, research finds

(Natural News) President Trump announced last year that the opioid epidemic was a “public health emergency” and called for the medical community to look for alternative therapies to battle the growing crisis. The President cited the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics which places drug overdose as the leading cause of injury death in the United States, outnumbering both gun-related deaths and traffic crashes. … Continue reading Cannabis proven an effective alternative form of pain relief for elderly patients, allowing many to quit taking dangerous meds, research finds

President Trump wants to execute all big drug dealers who are killing thousands, says Axios report

Jonathan Swan at Axios had an exclusive scoop about what President Donald Trump really thinks about drug dealers. Sources close to Trump and in the White House told Axios that the President loves Singapore’s mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking and constantly talks about it. Trump acknowledges a law that strict would be difficult to get passed in America, but he may back legislation requiring five-year mandatory … Continue reading President Trump wants to execute all big drug dealers who are killing thousands, says Axios report

Maker of highly addictive OxyContin says it will stop incentivizing doctors to push its deadly drugs

(Natural News) The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions in this country, with the number of deaths quadrupling since 2000, and around 115 people dying from overdoses each day. President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency, and high schools across the country have started stocking up on the drug Narcan to try to save lives in case of an accidental overdose on school … Continue reading Maker of highly addictive OxyContin says it will stop incentivizing doctors to push its deadly drugs

Feds employ data-driven early warning system in opioid fight

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret. Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the kinds of powerful painkillers that ushered the nation into its worst drug crisis in history. At least one of Zielke’s patients … Continue reading Feds employ data-driven early warning system in opioid fight