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

Preventing opioid misuse and addiction: New thinking and the latest evidence

Drug policy often comprises efforts to reduce the supply of drugs, to provide health and social services to addicted individuals, and to prevent the development of addiction in the first place. The last of these efforts—prevention—is the subject of this paper. The scientific literature on drug policy offers some insights on the relative effectiveness and Read More

Top 4 Signs That You Truly Beat Opiate Addiction

You have acknowledged that you have a drug problem. You have sought professional help. You have stuck with the treatment program. You have managed to stay clean. Have you really won the battle against addiction? Here are the top four signs that you have. 1. Lower drug use. When the patient gradually reduces the frequency 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