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Health officials say the number of people who died from an overdose of illicit fentanyl increased nearly 70 percent this year over last in Washington state.
Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year – the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse.
A western Montana pain doctor was found guilty Monday of 22 felonies, including two counts of negligent homicide for the overdose deaths of two of his patients.
A western Montana jury is deliberating the case of a doctor charged with overprescribing opiates, leading to the overdose deaths of two patients.
In an effort to curb addiction to prescription drugs, Washington’s Health Care Authority will limit the quantity of opioids that doctors can prescribe to Medicaid patients starting Nov. 1.
A rise in overdose deaths from heroin laced with fentanyl and other powerful additives prompted two federal advisory committees on Wednesday to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration authorize stronger minimum dosages of naloxone, the lifesaving drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdose.
A federal grant aimed at stopping overdose deaths will expand access to naloxone.
Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation’s scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it’s set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients. The new research, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, finds that deaths associated with the use of opiate drugs fell in 13 states after they legalized medical marijuana. Compared to states with no formal access to marijuana, those that allowed certain patients legal access to cannabis saw a steady drop in opiate-related overdoses that reached 33 percent, on average, six years after the states’ medical marijuana laws took effect.
A new law that takes effect Thursday in Washington aims to encourage people to report drug overdoses.