Some people who can no longer “doctor shop” to get multiple prescriptions for opioid painkillers because of stricter regulations are still able to get the drugs from relatives with prescriptions, a new study suggests.
The opioid epidemic has put enormous strain on our nation’s state courts, many of which have been overwhelmed by growing dockets and shrinking resources, leaders from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force explain.
A federal appeals court has ruled a Maine jail must provide an incarcerated woman with medications for her opioid use disorder, NPR report. The decision could have wide repercussions, according to legal advocates.
The National Institutes of Health will fund a study aimed at reducing opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent in three years, The Washington Post reports. The study will be conducted in four states hard hit by the opioid crisis.
The Justice Department on Wednesday announced 53 medical professionals and seven other individuals have been charged in connection with allegedly illegally prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics.
China has announced it will ban all fentanyl-related substances, The New York Times reports. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the ban would reduce the amount of fentanyl coming into the United States.
Lawsuits filed by the attorneys general in Massachusetts and New York have brought to light the extensive involvement of the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, in the opioid crisis, The New York Times reports.
Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, has agreed to pay $270 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma’s attorney general, The Wall Street Journal reports. The majority of the settlement will fund a national opioid addiction center.
A new study finds a decrease of more than 50 percent in monthly opioid prescribing for new patients. However some doctors continue to write many opioid prescriptions, while others are not writing any, HealthDay reports.