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Purdue Pharma, bears the “lion’s share” of the blame for the opioid crisis.

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Autopsy report says football player died of opioid overdose

Medical examiners say a Northern Arizona University offensive lineman died of an opioid overdose. Authorities found Malik Noshi unresponsive in his Flagstaff home on July 7. An autopsy report released Tuesday listed the cause of death as acute fentanyl intoxication and the manner as accidental. It also said Noshi had recently used cocaine and had …

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What lies ahead after the Oklahoma opioid judgment?

Oklahoma’s $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson will likely be followed by more trials and legal settlements seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has ripped apart lives and communities. Monday’s ruling could help shape negotiations over roughly 1,500 similar lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments …

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Older adults are binge drinking at alarming rates

Binge drinking among Americans over 50 jumped 19% between 2005 and 2014. Binge drinking is booming — among boomers. In fact, more than one in 10 Americans ages 65 and older are binge drinkers, according to a New York University study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on Wednesday, which is defined …

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Mom blogger Tiffany Jenkins: ‘An amazing life after addiction is possible’

There was a point where I didn’t want to live.’ Social media sensation and viral video star Tiffany Jenkins has long been up front about the struggles of parenting. She’s also spoken candidly about her battles with addiction. During her recovery, she met her future husband — and found out that she was pregnant after …

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The Dangers of Quitting Xanax Cold Turkey

Individuals can really shock their systems if they try to stop taking Xanax altogether without weaning off it. When a person is abusing this drug, the body becomes accustomed to the effects it causes, and without the drug, the body doesn’t know how to respond. As a result, it goes into overdrive trying to compensate …

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Two brothers, hockey players, dead on same day of opioid overdose. ‘It was just a horrible, horrible morning.’

There were chores to do that Sunday morning and Becky Savage had started them. She was plucking up pieces of clothes strewn about the house — a house full of four boys — to load a heap of laundry into the washing machine. Becky headed to her son Jack’s room to gather what she could …

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7 Xanax Side Effects You Should Know About

Deadly breathing problems? Yup, that’s one. “Everyone likes Xanax,” says Philip R. Muskin, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. That’s because it takes away anxiety, it’s potent, and it works really well, he says. But that’s also the problem with it, …

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First major drug distribution company, former executives, criminally charged in opioid crisis

“Our office will do everything in its power to combat this epidemic, from street-level dealers to the executives who illegally distribute drugs from their boardrooms.” In a national first in the fight against the opioid crisis, a major drug distribution company, its former chief executive and another top executive have been criminally charged in New …

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Benzodiazepine Addiction: Symptoms and Signs

Benzodiazepines belong to the prescription sedative class of drugs. Although benzodiazepines have a calming effect, they are highly addictive, and a person who abuses them faces a host of symptoms. Some of the physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse include: Weakness Blurred vision Drowsiness Poor judgment or thinking Doctor shopping Asking friends, family, …

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Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine

The U.S. surgeon general’s office estimates that more than 20 million people have a substance-use disorder. Meanwhile, the nation’s drug overdose crisis shows no sign of slowing. Yet, by all accounts, there aren’t nearly enough physicians who specialize in treating addiction — doctors with extensive clinical training who are board certified in addiction medicine. The …

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CVS Limits Opioid Prescriptions to 7 Days

(CNN) In a new effort to tackle the deadly opioid addiction crisis in the United States, pharmacy giant CVS announced Friday that it will limit opioid prescriptions to seven days for certain conditions. This restriction will apply to patients who are new to pain therapy. The new pharmacy program will also limit the daily dosage …

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Faces of an Epidemic: Stories of the Victims of America’s Opioid Crisis

Faces of an Epidemic: Stories of the Victims of America’s Opioid Crisis — and the Fight to Save Lives By Steve Helling•@stevehelling and Alexandra Rockey Fleming Jack and Hunt Freeman were Texas brothers with a lot going for them. Hunt, 26, was a charismatic salesman at a Harley Davidson shop; Jack, 29, worked as a …

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Trump to Hold Briefing on Opioid Crisis Tuesday

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — With the opioid crisis intensifying and dozens of Americans dying of drug overdoses each day, President Trump plans to hold “a major briefing” on the issue with top administration officials at his private golf club on Tuesday afternoon. A White House spokesman described the briefing as simply “an update on the opioid …

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U.S. to Crack Down on Opioid Treatment Programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will unveil this week a major crackdown on healthcare fraud involving opioid treatment programs, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the matter. The Justice Department enforcement action will target hundreds of people nationwide who run drug addiction treatment centers and who have filed …

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Alcohol Withdrawal Complications Led to Heart Failure

True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis – Alcohol Withdrawal Complications Led to Heart Failure. Nelsan Ellis’ heart failure was triggered by alcohol withdrawal complications. The “True Blood” star’s family said Nelsan — who died Saturday — struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years and his latest attempt to withdraw from booze on his own led …

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Ohio County Now Tops U.S. in Overdose Deaths

‘Mass-Casualty Event’: Ohio County Now Tops U.S. in Overdose Deaths by Jacob Soboroff DAYTON, Ohio — Officials in Montgomery County, Ohio, blame America’s opioid crisis for an ignoble title: the overdose capital of America. “We’re on a pace to have 800 people die this year due to overdose in our county,” Sheriff Phil Plummer told …

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4 dead, at least a dozen hospitalized after mass overdose in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health said as of Wednesday morning, six more overdose cases possibly related to fake Percocet were reported. None of these cases have been confirmed as overdoses related to the street drugs. The Georgia Department of Public Health said as of Wednesday morning, six more overdose cases possibly related to fake …

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Ohio Attorney General Sues 5 Drugmakers Over Opiate Crisis

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio attorney general sued five drugmakers on Wednesday, accusing the companies of perpetrating the state’s addictions epidemic by intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits of the drugs not backed by science. Attorney General Mike DeWine said the companies created a …

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Tiger Woods told police after his DUI charge that he has prescriptions for 4 drugs

Tiger Woods told police after his DUI charge that he has prescriptions for 4 drugs — here’s what they do Police arrested and charged Tiger Woods was with DUI at 3 a.m. on Monday morning, citing “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” The police report indicated that Woods was found asleep in his car while …

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