A new study using “secret shoppers” found patients who are uninsured or covered by Medicaid often have a difficult time getting an appointment with a doctor who prescribes the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine.
On the second day of trial of a lawsuit against drug company Johnson & Johnson, the father of a college football player who died of an opioid overdose gave emotional testimony about the personal impact of the opioid crisis, Reuters reports.
A study of outpatient treatment for opioid addiction finds white patients are almost 35 times more likely than black patients to have a visit related to the addiction treatment medication buprenorphine, Kaiser Health News reports.
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.
North Carolina has become the first state to sue e-cigarette maker Juul, alleging the company caused addiction in consumers through deceptive marketing and targeting youth, The Washington Post reports.
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.