Category Archives: Opioid Crisis

Big Pharma Exec Sentenced to Over Five Years in Prison For Role in Opioid Crisis

“He was already a billionaire when this started, and this made him even richer,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Yeager at big pharma drug dealer John Kapoor’s trial. On Thursday, the Insys Therapeutics founder saw the price of that greed. After pleading not guilty, Kapoor was convicted of orchestrating a criminal conspiracy and sentenced to […]

Maryland Receives $3.6 Million In Federal Funds To Address Opioid Use And Pregnancy

The Maryland Department of Health has received $3.6 million in federal grants to fund a new program designed to address the use of opioids during pregnancy. The new initiative, dubbed the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model, was announced by the agency on Monday. “The Maryland Department of Health remains committed to ending the opioid crisis, […]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Considers Ban on Drugs That Mimic Fentanyl

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced on Monday that he would propose legislation that would ban drugs that mimic fentanyl, saying he would make the issue the second proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda. The move is a response to the ongoing crisis of opioid-related overdoses and deaths that continues […]

Federal Health Agency to Prohibit Funds Going to Treating Addiction With Cannabis

The federal government is prepared to help fund states’ efforts to combat opioid addiction—but medical marijuana won’t be a part of it. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, said that it is barring money from several grant programs to support opioid addiction […]

New Study: Cannabis May Reduce Illicit Opioid Use For Those With Chronic Pain

How does cannabis use influence the use of illicit opioids to manage pain? That’s the question at the heart of a just-published study in a special issue of “PLOS Medicine” that focuses on substance use, misuse and dependence. For medical researchers, caregivers and patients, the need for an alternative to opioid painkillers is an urgent […]

Doctors Are Increasingly Tapering Patients From Opioid Medications

A new study out this month shows that doctors are increasingly tapering their patients off powerful opioid medications, perhaps so fast that they are putting them at risk. Results of the study, “Trends and Rapidity of Dose Tapering Among Patients Prescribed Long-term Opioid Therapy, 2008-2017,” were published by the journal JAMA on November 15. “We […]

FAA May Start To Require Anti-Overdose Medication Supply On Airplanes

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is considering a proposal that would require commercial airlines to carry a supply of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone on passenger aircraft. Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island urged FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in a letter to implement the rule after reports that a passenger died of an opioid overdose […]

Artist Takes “The Opioid Spoon Project” On Cross-Country Tour

The artist and activist Domenic Esposito has created “The Opioid Spoon Project,” featuring four 800-pound sculptures depicting spoons used for opioids, which he has displayed outside drug companies. One of the sculptures, called FDA Spoon for the initials of the Food and Drug Administration that are engraved on the end, was displayed outside the federal […]