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.
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.