A new study finds many pharmacies in California don’t offer the opioid overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription, even though state law has allowed pharmacists to furnish naloxone without a physician’s prescription since 2016.
A new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration finds controlled prescription drugs, including opioids, are responsible for the largest number of overdose deaths of any illicit drug class since 2001.
Teens and young adults who fill an opioid prescription after wisdom teeth removal are almost three times as likely to use opioids persistently compared with their peers who don’t fill their prescription, a new study finds.
The Drug Enforcement Administration this week proposed changing rules that govern the amount of prescription opioids that drug manufacturers can produce each year. The changes could sharply reduce the annual production of opioids, Reuters reports.
The acting chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration told the House Energy and Committee this week the agency is doing a better job of tracking the flow of opioid painkillers from manufacturers to pharmacies, The Washington Post reports.
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, said it will no longer market the drug to doctors. The announcement comes in response to lawsuits that blame the company for helping to trigger the opioid crisis, CBS News reports.