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Q&A: What has the pandemic done to the opioid crisis? Special

One in five U.S. citizens experience chronic pain, and unfortunately with this pain comes with prescriptions to highly addictive opioids, This conversation hasn’t been as prominent with all the discussions primarily focusing on coronavirus.

Op-Ed: Purdue Pharma opioid settlement big precedent for Big Pharma

Boston - A massive multi-billion dollar settlement by Purdue Pharma could be the beginning of the end for the ultra-obnoxious, irresponsible Big Pharma sector. In a range of ways, this settlement is a defining moment.

Online resource helps healthcare professionals with opioid crisis

A new online program has been developed, designed to assist healthcare professionals to address the opioid crisis that is affecting many countries. The new program is designed to be used to support Canadian healthcare.

As legalization nears, marijuana-related charges at all-time low

Ottawa - Continuing a six-year downward trend, the number of people charged with marijuana-related crimes in Canada last year was at the lowest level in 20 years.

App helps doctors screen for opioid dependency

The problems of opioid dependency have been widely reported and the problem is affecting many high-income nations. To overcome the challenges faced by the medical community, a new digital health solution is proposed.

Nerve stimulator approved for opioid withdrawal

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a device designed to help U.S. citizens with addictions to prescription drugs ease the addiction and to stop taking the medicines like opioids.

With rising deaths, startups fighting America's opioid crisis

Drug deaths in the U.S. rose by 21 percent in 2016, a one year spike amounting to a bigger jump than over the previous four years, according to the CDC. But treatments are often not covered by insurance. Enter some innovative startups.

Trump promises 'a very, very big statement' on opioid crisis

President Trump went off-script this week, promising to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency next week. However, administration officials are now scrambling to come up with some kind of plan to implement Trump's promise.

Op-Ed: Inaction on the opioid crisis is killing people and our economy

How many more people need to die before we realize federal and state governments have not been doing much to help stem what has become an epidemic that is now affecting our economy, job growth and legal system?

Technology required to combat the opioid crisis in U.S.

President Trump has refused to declare the opioid epidemic across America a national emergency, leaving the public to find a solution to the problem. And with the innovative technologies we have at our disposal today, there may be a solution.

New study — Opioid deaths are 24 percent higher than we thought

Charlottesville - The grim death statistics are hard to swallow - 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. But even with the disturbing numbers, a University of Virginia researcher says we are under-counting by about 24 percent.

Op-Ed: The only drug to stop an overdose skyrockets

While the opioid crisis continues to grow in the United States, pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the only remedy for reversing an overdose, naloxone, have raised their prices - an astonishing 500 percent.

AG unveils data analytics platform to combat opioid crisis

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today the agency is going to be using a data analytics platform to target pharmacists and doctors involved in the illegal opioid trade.

Tackling the opioid crisis through innovative technology

In response to the opioid crisis and the escalating number of overdoses from prescription medicines, heroin and opioids in the United States, innovators and tech companies are using technology to create solutions.

Opioid test strips may give drug users a false sense of security

The opioid crisis in Canada and the United States is still at epidemic proportions, and this has lead to a myriad of test strips being developed that test for a variety of illicit drugs, including cocaine, oxycodone, and fentanyl, to name a few.

U.S. labor force dropping out and getting high

The Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen dropped a bomb shell on Thursday, saying the opioid crisis in the U.S. is weighing on labor force participation, especially among working-age men.

Opioid addiction skyrockets nearly 500 percent in U.S.

A recent analysis of millions of American medical claims revealed that diagnoses for opioid addiction have skyrocketed by nearly 500 percent over the past seven years, according to the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association.

Four dead and dozens of overdoses as new drug hits middle Georgia

At least four people have died so far in a wave of dozens of drug overdoses that swept through communities in Middle Georgia, health officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

The five-sentence letter that fueled the opioid crisis

The letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1980 was only a paragraph long - five sentences, to be exact. However, what it said was miscited so many times it began to take on a life of its own, fueling today's U.S. opioid crisis

China-U.S. opioid pipeline fuels our drug crisis via 'Dark Web'

The United States is in the midst of a major health crisis, and it is not just our young people who are at risk. Synthetic opioids, far cheaper than heroin are flooding our streets and they have been linked to underground labs in China.

Safe injection sites OKed — Toronto gears up to fight drug crisis

Toronto - Provincial Health Minister Eric Hoskins spoke with Toronto mayor John Tory today, telling him the province backs the city's plan to open three safe injection sites, committing to fund the sites at an estimated cost of $1.6 million annually.

Op-Ed: Canada's growing opioid crisis — talking about it won't help

Calgary - For well over a decade, health professionals, law enforcement officials, the media and others concerned over the growing opioid epidemic in Canada and the U.S. have been calling for urgent action on what has become an epidemic in both nations.

Rise in drug overdose deaths in BC tied to 'Welfare Wednesday'

In November, a study linking overdose deaths in British Columbia with the issuance of social assistance checks was published. And bearing out that study, December 22 was a very busy night for paramedics and hospital emergency rooms in Vancouver.

Naloxone nasal spray given fast-track approval in Canada

Canada's Minister of Health signed an interim order on Wednesday that allows immediate access to Narcan (naloxone) nasal spray. The drug is made by Adapt Pharma, and can be imported from the U.S. and sold in Canada.

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Tracking the type of drugs being used and where most of the addicts are in municipalities is possibl...
Tracking the type of drugs being used and where most of the addicts are in municipalities is possible through ivvovative technology developed by Biobot Labs.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was appointed by President Trump earlier this year to head up a f...
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was appointed by President Trump earlier this year to head up a federal Drug Task Force, but little has been done.
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Today I announced new initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic  including removing the requirement f...
Today I announced new initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic, including removing the requirement for prior authorization for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and adding opioid addiction as an eligible condition to our medical marijuana program.
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This is the Chrono nicotine patch with mobile assistance site. The opioid patch is similar and will ...
This is the Chrono nicotine patch with mobile assistance site. The opioid patch is similar and will include added support.
BTNX s Rapid Response test strips for fentanyl.
BTNX's Rapid Response test strips for fentanyl.
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 Every time you shoot up you re literally playing Russian roulette with your life.
"Every time you shoot up you're literally playing Russian roulette with your life."
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