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Rhode Island Governor Signs Three Bills to Combat Opioid Overdoses, Deaths

Rhode Island’s governor has signed three bills to combat opioid overdoses and deaths. Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo signed 71 bills into law on Monday, including the bills to address opioids. The first bill will limit first-time opioid prescriptions. The second …

Walgreens, Illinois Hospital Sued by Prince Heirs Over Overdose Care

Prince’s heirs have sued Walgreens and the Illinois hospital that treated the music superstar after he suffered from an opioid overdose, alleging that a doctor and various pharmacists failed to provide Prince with reasonable care, contributing to his death. The …

Opioid Overdoses Behind Drop in Life Expectancy for Americans

Life expectancy among Americans has fallen for the second year in a row as the opioid crisis continues to drive up overall death rates in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. A total of 63,000 …

Who Is Most at Risk for Opioid Death and How to Help Them: Columbia Research

Just over 60 percent of individuals who died from an opioid overdose had been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, and many had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, a study of more than 13,000 overdose deaths has found. Only …

Feds Grant $5.9M to West Virginia for Drug Addiction Fight

West Virginia will receive $5.9 million from the federal government to help fight drug addiction. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the grant Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. …

West Virginia Overdose Deaths Up 13% in 2016

Fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia continued to rise last year and its overdose death rate still far outpaces any other state in the country. A Feb. 13 analysis by the West Virginia Health Statistics Center shows at least 818 …

Massachusetts Resisting Drugmakers’ Efforts to Weaken Anti-Opioid Measures

Massachusetts appears to be bucking efforts by makers of prescription painkillers to kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids. The drugmakers say they’re combating the addiction epidemic, but The Associated Press and the Center for …

More Than $500K Donated to Delaware Officials to Address Rising Opioid Deaths

As the number of overdose deaths from prescription painkillers has soared in recent years, pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioid painkillers, and allied advocacy groups, have donated more than $500,000 to state and federal elected officials and major political parties in …

Public, Private Insurers Picking Up More of Opioid Drug Costs

According to a study released by Centers for Disease Control (CDC), consumer out-of-pocket spending on opioids has declined, with insurers picking up more of the tab. The study found that consumer out-of-pocket spending on opioids per 100 morphine milligram equivalents …

Opioid Overdose Fatalities Appear to Be Increasing in Massachusetts

Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts appear to have continued increasing above totals that were high enough last year for officials to deem it a public health crisis, according to preliminary statistics released on Oct. 21. The Department of Public Health’s …