opioid epidemic

The Trump Administration Put Out a New Video About Opioids - and It Gets Just About Everything Wrong

A new campaign—from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Truth Initiative and the nonprofit Ad Council—has live-streamed a woman’s detox from opioids in a cubic “treatment box” to NYC passers-by. It then released a video including clips of the woman’s detox, interspersed with melodramatic music, commentary from “experts” and pedestrians’ gawking reactions.

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New York Times Feature Seriously Ponders Whether We Should Let People Addicted to Drugs Die

Over the weekend, as the journalism world fiercely debated whether it’s OK to make fun of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the New York Times—without stirring much controversy—asked if doctors should let people die if they’re addicted to drugs.

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If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start With Big Pharma

At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug traffickers as part of a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. At a Pennsylvania rally a few weeks earlier, he called for the same.

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Opioid Users Are Building a Movement for Public Health Solutions to the Epidemic

The opioid drug epidemic is the largest public health crisis facing our country right now, taking the lives of 64,000 people in the U.S. last year. Each day, 90 Americans overdose on painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

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America Only Started Caring About the Opioid Epidemic When It Hit Suburbia

President Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a public emergency.

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Jeff Sessions Wants to Fight Opioid Addiction By Criminalizing One of Its Most Effective Treatments

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Justice Department will focus on “health care fraud and opioid scams" by implementing a pilot program that sends federal prosecutors across cities most affected by addiction and overdoses. Sessions made the announcement in a speech Wednesday in Ohio, where eight people die each day from unintentional overdoses, according to ABC. Meanwhile, he remains a vocal opponent of one of its most proven treatments: medical marijuana.

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Despite all His Promises, Trump Has Done Nothing about the Devastating Opioid Epidemic

Little more than outrage or scandal emanates from the White House nowadays. As David Remnick of the New Yorker wrote recently, “Every day, Trump wakes up and erodes the dignity of the Presidency a little more.” And whether it is crass behavior at the Boy Scout Jamboree, an “Apprentice”-esque firing, a dehumanizing tweet to ban transgender people from serving in the military or another scandalous Russian detail, the nation’s collective attention is perpetually rapt.

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Do Opioids Make Pain Worse?

The opium poppy is arguably the oldest painkiller known to man, with its use being described by the ancient civilizations. Opium mimics the body’s home-made painkillers—endorphins and the like—and has given rise to the modern class of drugs called opioids that include morphine, fentanyl, methadone, and oxycodone. Opioids are very effective, and they remain the cornerstone of moderate to severe pain management.

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After 20 Years and Many Billions, Pfizer Finally Admits That Opioids Are Addictive

It is no secret that opioids are addictive even when used as prescribed. That is why they were highly restricted until fairly recently. It is also no secret that there is no evidence of the long-term usefulness of opioids in chronic pain despite unethical Pharma marketing.

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What Big Pharma Does Not Want You to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

The prescription opioid epidemic is not new. It began when Pharma rolled out and aggressively marketed time-released opioids like Oxycontin, driving “pill mills” that distributed as many as 9 million Oxys in a six-month span. What is new is the media finally calling Pharma out on the many cagey ways it got people hooked on opioids and heroin (and continues to do so), how the FDA unabashedly helps Pharma with shocking new approvals, and how people in real pain, especially the poor and African Americans, are some of the hidden victims of the epidemic. When all the reports are in, the Pharma-driven opioid epidemic may be one of the biggest and deadliest cons in recent history.

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Congress Is Wising Up to America's Opioid Crisis

Prince will be remembered as a legend who became so much more than a mere mortal. Which makes it ever the more painful to learn that he may have left our world as part of a growing statistic.

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