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Regulators: Illinois doctor’s pill mill supplied 11 states

Illinois regulators have yanked a suburban Chicago doctor’s license for running a cash-only pill mill and prescribing vast amounts of fentanyl and other addictive painkillers to patients in 11 states.


Teamsters demand McKesson CEO return millions of dollars for role in opioid crisis

The Teamsters union called Tuesday for health-care giant McKesson to take back millions of dollars in incentive pay from chief executive John Hammergren, citing damage to the company’s reputation caused …


Insurer Cigna eases rules for opioid addiction medication

The health insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could give patients a drug used to treat opioid addiction.


Utah teen deaths probed amid national synthetic drug wave

Police are investigated the deaths of two 13-year-old boys in the Utah ski-resort town of Park City that may be connected to a new synthetic drug found at entertainer Prince’s …


Inslee takes executive action to fight opioid addiction

Gov. Jay Inslee has issued an executive order to fight opioid abuse in Washington state.


Chemical weapon for sale: China’s unregulated narcotic

It’s one of the strongest opioids in circulation, so deadly an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. Until July, when drug users in the United States …


FDA wants an app to match opioid overdose victims with rescue drug

Hoping to reduce the death toll in the nation’s epidemic of opioid drug use, the Food and Drug Administration is calling for the development of a cellphone app that could …


New study finds that medical marijuana may be helping to curb the opioid epidemic

After states pass laws permitting medical marijuana, drivers in those states become less likely to test positive for opioids after fatal car accidents, a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman …


Study: Medical marijuana may help curb opioid epidemic

After states pass laws permitting medical marijuana, drivers in those states become less likely to test positive for opioids after fatal car accidents, a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman …


Health spending for opioid treatment up more than 1,300 percent over 4 years, study says

The nation’s ongoing opioid problem comes with staggering physical and emotional costs to patients and families. But the dollar cost to the health system has been harder to peg. Now …


Ohio city shares shocking photos of adults who overdosed with a small child in the car

On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, stopped a vehicle for driving erratically and made a shocking discovery: The driver was barely conscious. A woman was slumped …


FDA warns of fatal risks from mixing opioids and sedatives

Health officials are warnings doctors and patients about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and popular sedatives like Valium and Xanax, which can lead to breathing problems, coma …


Murray: New addiction-treatment law won’t work without funding

U.S. Senator Patty Murray visited Spokane’s opioid treatment program Tuesday to push for $920 million in federal funding to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse.


Prosecution trend: After fatal OD, dealer charged with death

A growing number of dealers around the nation face prosecution for the fatal heroin and fentanyl overdoses of their customers. Michael Millette was charged not just with drug dealing, but …


Researchers hope synthetic opioid would combat painkiller addiction

BALTIMORE – Prescription opioids help millions of Americans deal with pain, but their addictive qualities have created a public health problem: rising rates of opioid dependence, addiction and overdose. To …


State suspends Seattle pain doctor, alleges substandard care

The Washington State Medical Commission said Friday it suspended a Seattle doctor who runs eight pain treatment centers in the state, accusing him of “consistent violations of the standard of …


Spokane doctor and pharmacist named to opioid task force

A Spokane doctor and a pharmacist have been named to a Washington task force that will explore solutions to the state’s growing opioid epidemic.


Medical marijuana reduces prescription drug use, study finds

Patients fill significantly fewer prescriptions for conditions like nausea and pain in states where medical marijuana is available, researchers reported Wednesday in one of the first studies to examine how …


Pfizer agrees to note addiction risks in opioid marketing

The city of Chicago and Pfizer announced an agreement Wednesday committing the drugmaker to disclosing the serious risks of addiction in its marketing of prescription opioid painkillers.


More opioid abusers now can get medication help

More Americans will now have access to a drug that could help treat their opioid addiction, Sylvia Burwell, U.S. secretary of health and human services, announced Tuesday, even as she …


Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says

Accidental overdoses aren’t the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers – the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.


Many red states struggle to care for addicts due to stance on Obamacare

Even as they race to control a spiraling heroin and prescription opioid crisis, doctors, public health officials and community leaders in many states are struggling to get care to addiction …


‘VIP Syndrome’ may have factored in Prince’s death

One doctor delivered test results to Prince’s home. Another sent his son, who wasn’t a physician, on a cross-country flight to bring medication to the music star. It’s not clear …


FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.


Valley doctor fighting state accusations of dangerous prescription practices

A Spokane Valley doctor accused of recklessly writing prescriptions for painkillers said the state investigation is a vengeful effort to discredit his practice.


Spokane Valley doctor accused of over-prescribing pain medications to 18 patients

A Spokane Valley doctor is accused of prescribing opioids to at least 18 patients “in a remarkably dangerous fashion,” state regulators say. .


Senate rejects funds for opioid crisis

The Senate on Wednesday rejected an amendment that would have added $600 million in emergency money to a measure designed to combat the nation’s heroin and opioid-addiction epidemic.


Heroin epidemic in Washington: Father wants state to help parents confront addiction

The number of heroin overdose deaths has skyrocketed in Washington since 2010; two bills in this session want to give people more tools to commit their loved ones for treatment.


Doctor gets 30 years to life in case tied to overdoses

A judge on Friday sentenced a Rowland Heights doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark …


White House proposes more money to battle heroin epidemic

The Obama administration will propose a significant boost in federal spending to battle the nation’s heroin addiction epidemic when the president unveils his budget recommendations next week.