Josh Ledesma displays safe injection supplies with outreach specialist Rachel Bolton outside the Access Drug User Health Program drop-in center in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 31, 2020.
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COVID-19 plagues an overtaxed opioid addiction treatment system.
Suicide is on the rise for multiple reasons.
The U.S. suicide rate has been increasing for decades. According to a sociologist who studies suicide, depression is just one factor among many implicated social conditions.
Many LGBTQ+ people at risk for overdose are left out of harm reduction efforts.
The overdose crisis — coupled with a lack of accessible harm reduction services — represents a growing concern for young queer and trans men who use drugs.
OxyContin is an opioid prescribed for pain relief. But some users become addicted.
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The crisis has made recovery more difficult for those with substance use disorders. The inability to get to support group meetings, stress and illness are just some of the factors.
On average, more than 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day.
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Pharmacists are well positioned to provide communities with a lifesaving drug.
The way opioid drugs were marketed to doctors may have contributed to the opioid crisis.
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Aggressive marketing of prescription opioids by pharmaceutical companies provided doctors with scant information about potential harmful effects.
President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021.
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The Trump administration's budget for healthcare proposes significant cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
At the New Hampshire primary debate, America’s opioid crisis came up as an issue.
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In 2016, drug misuse was cited as the top concern among New Hampshire voters. What remedies are the Democratic primary contenders putting forward to combat the opioid crisis?
Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, discussing the lawsuit his office has filed against Purdue Pharma.
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The government has tried to harness a profit-driven drug industry to serve public health before.
To reduce opioid-related harms, we must ensure treatments for opioid dependence are accessible to those who need them.
Treatments for opioid dependence, such as methadone and buprenorphine, are effective. But some people who stand to benefit are missing out.
Naloxone, available as a nasal spray called Narcan or in injectable form, resuscitates 100% of people who overdose if administered quickly.
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Opioid overdoses killed 47,000 Americans in 2017 — more than gun violence. Many fewer would have died if they'd been treated with the life-saving drug naloxone, also called Narcan.
MIT President L. Rafael Reif acknowledged in a letter that the late Jeffrey Epstein gave funding to many researchers.
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Institutions that benefited from donations from benefactors such as Epstein are facing hard questions. In a somewhat similar ethical debate in 1905, a pastor argued for return of a Rockefeller gift.
Protests and lawsuits against opioid manufacturers are growing more common, but drug distributors are also facing scrutiny.
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Previously secret documents and data make it clear that many companies engaged in the distribution of prescription painkillers either skirted or ignored their legal obligations for years.
Rapidly advancing technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D-printing, smart-phones, smart-homes, precision medicine and diagnostics, promise to disrupt health care as we know it.
In an era of rapid technological advance, devastating climate change, increasing inequality and a steadily aging society, health-care leadership development is vital.
When newborns stay with their opioid-dependent mothers in hospital, they experience improved mother-infant bonding, greater chances of breastfeeding, less severe symptoms, less medication and much shorter hospital stays.
The evidence is clear that newborn babies do better when they 'room-in' with their opioid-dependent mothers. So why are hospitals across Canada so slow to provide this recognized standard of care?
A man walks in a back alley in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, February 2019. More people fatally overdosed in British Columbia last year compared with 2017 despite efforts to combat the province’s public health emergency.
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A policy response focused on reducing prescription opioids will not resolve North America's opioid crisis. And it is hurting many adults who live with otherwise unbearable chronic pain.
Lawsuits against Purdue say its drug Oxycontin played a key role in the opioid epidemic.
The $270 million settlement may not mean a whole lot if Purdue files for bankruptcy as it's reportedly considering.
Anti-opioid protest at the Harvard Art Museums, which the Sackler family has supported with charitable gifts.
There are limits to what charities can do now about past donors who are accused of morally reprehensible behavior.
Purdue faces about 2,000 lawsuits related to the opioid crisis.
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OxyContin maker Purdue has reportedly been mulling a bankruptcy filling, just as the first of around 2,000 lawsuits against it prepares to go to trial.
What is each partner looking to get?
The interests of pharmaceutical companies and public health are not the same. Industry dollars can distort research agendas, while framing health challenges and solutions in ways that benefit corporations.