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Half of US residents have been impacted by substance misuse, survey shows

October 16, 2019


Almost half of adults in the United States say substance misuse has impacted their families, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

The right way to taper patients off of opioids, according to HHS

October 14, 2019


HHS on Thursday released a guide outlining the steps clinicians should take to taper patients off of opioid prescriptions without causing patients harm.

Buttigieg released his plan to lower Rx drug prices. Here's what's inside.

October 8, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday released a plan intended to lower U.S. prescription drug costs that calls for allowing federal officials to negotiate the prices of drugs covered by some public health plans, capping some U.S. residents' out-of-pocket costs for drugs, and more.

Federal judge OKs nation's first 'safe injection' site

October 4, 2019


A federal judge this week ruled that a Philadelphia nonprofit can open a medically supervised injection site under U.S. law, an unprecedented ruling that could open the door for other cities to pursue so-called "safe-injection" sites to combat the opioid epidemic.

DOJ inspectors slam DEA's efforts to prevent opioid epidemic

October 3, 2019


The Drug Enforcement Administration did not do enough to regulate the U.S. opioid supply over the past 20 years, even as the country's opioid epidemic worsened, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General.

J&J reaches $20.4M settlement in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

October 2, 2019


Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced that it has reached an agreement with two Ohio counties to settle claims, with no admission of liability, that the drugmaker contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

'I'm a drug addict,' a columnist wrote. Then the backlash began.

September 19, 2019


David Lazarus, a business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, last week wrote a column detailing his struggles quitting antidepressants, but his articletitled, "Hi, I'm David. I'm a drug addict"received backlash from some critics for conflating substance use disorders and physical dependence.

OxyContin maker Purdue files for bankruptcy. What does that mean for opioid lawsuits?

September 17, 2019


Purdue Pharma on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a tentative settlement the drugmaker reached with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories that are suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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