The Role of Unnecessary Prescriptions in the Opioid Crisis

The Role of unnecessary prescriptions in the opioid crisis

When used appropriately, prescription opioids play an important role in pain reduction. Unfortunately, these drugs also come with serious risks, including a high risk of addiction. While many doctors have taken steps to reduce how many prescriptions they write for these addiction-risk drugs, there is evidence that over-prescription still happens. When a doctor prescribes too many painkillers or… Read More

Medicine Security: Not So Secure

After investigating the market of secured medication containers, it’s been found that there is no provider of truly secure containers for medicine. Those who purchase these containers to protect their prescription medication should be aware of the fact that the systems that they are buying are made to appear safe or create a speed bump to slow down… Read More

“This Might Hurt” – Hospitals Brace Patients for Pain

Hospital Pain

As opioid crisis grows, hospitals rethink pain management strategies As healthcare providers face relentless cost pressures, and fight for high patient satisfaction scores – one of the key mantras has been to make sure patients are as comfortable as possible. While obviously a worthy goal, what this mindset has meant in practice is a high reliance on opioid-based… Read More

West Virginia Limits Opioid Prescribing

West Virginia

Ground-zero for the overdose crisis, WV finally tries limit Rx Opioids After leading the nation is overdose deaths (52 out of every 100,000 people in the state died last year from overdose), West Virginia legislators have taken steps to alleviate some of the problem by setting limits on prescription opioids. As reported in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, state lawmakers… Read More

Will Big Pharma Be Held Accountable for Opioid Crisis?

Big Pharma and Opioids

Communities target companies who profited from fanning addiction Combine corporate deceit and greed with medical neglect and lack of oversight with a highly addictive and potentially deadly product, and what do you get? 50,000 deaths per year in the “Land of the Free”. Now, as the overdose carnage continues to gain momentum, many states and communities are looking… Read More

“Mommy’s Dead”, 4-Year-Old Son Discovers Mom Overdosed

Mommy's Dead

Grandmother Left to Raise Kids Orphaned by Overdose Like so many other grandparents across Pennsylvania, Denise Shanahan is reliving her child-rearing days, but in very tragic circumstances. As reported in the York Daily Record, one day two years ago, she sent her grandson Jordan upstairs to check on her daughter Bryanna. A few minutes later Jorden came back… Read More

Opioid Crisis Declared Statewide Disaster in Pennsylvania

Governor Wolff

Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania Now An Official Disaster For the thousands and thousands of families all across Pennsylvania who have seen loved ones die from opioid-related overdoses, the disaster has already been a long and grim reality, but hopefully Governor Wolff’s first-ever public health Statewide Disaster Declaration will help stem the losses over the coming years. “While we… Read More

Timbaland Shares His Addiction Struggles

Timberland

Famous hip-hop producer reveals how addiction almost stole the music As a producer for such powerhouse musicians such as Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott, Timbaland became caught up in a cycle of pills and drugs that threatened to destroy his career. Recently, even more, details about how his addictions wreaked havoc were revealed in a Complex Blueprint video… Read More

Syracuse Unites to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Syracuse

Syracuse Council steps up the fight against opioid addiction As the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives all across New York State, the Syracuse Common Council passed a resolution Monday in support of “United We Fight It,” a collaboration of substance abuse and drug free community coalitions across New York state to combat substance abuse and addiction. As… Read More