Who is to blame for the opioid crisis?

In Florida, Walgreens and CVS point finger at physicians. In lawsuits around the U.S. that blame major pharmacy chains, such as Walgreens and CVS, for the country’s opioid crisis, the healthcare giants appear to be following a similar legal strategy: Blame the doctors instead. In Florida earlier this month, Walgreens and CVS filed a third-party Read More

Giving Opioids Closer To Sedation Increases Risk For Adverse Events In Children

Opioids, when administered prior to procedural sedation in children, increases the risk of adverse events Canada: Opioids, when administered prior to procedural sedation in children, increases the risk of adverse events — oxygen desaturation and vomiting, finds a recent study published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine. Being aware of this increased risk will help Read More

‘First Shot is Free’: Hundreds Incarcerated in Michigan Offered Opioid Blocker Shots

‘First Shot is Free’ The Michigan Department of Corrections says more than 20% of its inmates have an opioid-use disorder. Wayne County Jail, the state’s largest, has similar numbers. Inmates returning home after incarceration are at acute risk of overdose and death from opioids — between 40 and 120 times more likely to die of an Read More

Fewer Adults Receiving Opioids, Study Finds

Fewer Adults Receiving Opioids, Study Finds Nearly six million fewer adults received an opioid prescription from 2014 to 2016, according to a new analysis that found larger declines among patients who reported having more severe pain. The annual share of adults who were prescribed opioids fell from 12.9% in 2014 to 10.3% in 2016, with Read More