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

Lawmakers review alternatives to opioids for pain treatment

Massage, acupuncture, physical therapy are all viable alternatives to helping people suffering from chronic pain. HONOLULU – State legislators asked a group of physicians and alternative medicine providers to talk to them on Thursday about different ways to alleviate pain, other than giving a patient opioids. The House Committee on Health and the Senate Commerce, Consumer Read More

Do courts lack info about medication-assisted treatment as an option for defendants with opioid addiction?

Judges aren’t doctors, and they shouldn’t make decisions on whether medication-assisted treatment is appropriate for defendants addicted to opioids, says Timothy Young, the public defender for Ohio. But some do, he adds, and whether a defendant can be on probation or in drug court while receiving medication-assisted treatment can differ by judge, including those in the Read More

Doctors, patients: Efforts to block opioid addiction are also blocking treatment

MILWAUKEE — Just walking up to a pharmacy window is enough to send Tina Kasten’s brain into overdrive. “You freak out,” Kasten said, using words like “anxiety” and “stress” to describe how she feels when she tries to pick up her prescription. Kasten, who lives in Manitowoc, takes Suboxone as part of her treatment for Read More