How a Man With a Van Is Challenging U.K. Drug Policy

A former drug user turned activist is addressing Scotland’s alarming drug death crisis by running the nation’s first drug consumption room — and risking arrest to do it.

#deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #glasgow-scotland, #heroin, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #krykant-peter, #naloxone-drug, #opioids-and-opiates, #politics-and-government, #scotland, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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$26 Billion Settlement Offer in Opioid Lawsuits Gains Support

Three distributors and a drug manufacturer have proposed a deal that a majority of states and negotiators for small governments finally seem to like.

#addiction-psychology, #amerisourcebergen-corp, #cardinal-health-inc, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #janssen-pharmaceutica, #johnsonjohnson, #mckesson-corporation, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare

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Purdue Pharma Plea Offers Little Solace to Survivors of Opioid Crisis

The company, which produced OxyContin, faces penalties of $8.3 billion. But families of those addicted are skeptical of the tangible benefits.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #scioto-county-ohio

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Opioid Sales

The Justice Department announced an $8 billion settlement with the company. Members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties but criminal investigations continue.

#fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #your-feed-healthcare

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Pointers From Portugal on Addiction and the Drug War

Decriminalization involves trade-offs, but treating addiction as a disease yields a clear gain, research suggests.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #opioids-and-opiates, #portugal

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‘The Drug Became His Friend’: Pandemic Drives Hike in Opioid Deaths

In the months since the pandemic took hold in the U.S., the opioid epidemic has taken a sharp turn for the worse. More than 40 states have seen increases in overdoses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #heroin, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates, #vermont, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

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Coronavirus Pandemic Drives Hike in Opioid Deaths

In the months since the pandemic took hold in the U.S., the opioid epidemic has taken a sharp turn for the worse. More than 40 states have seen increases in overdoses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #heroin, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates, #vermont, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

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F.D.A. Requires Stronger Warning Label for Xanax and Similar Drugs

Benzodiazepines — commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, seizures and panic disorders — are highly addictive and come with health risks, especially when combined with other drugs.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates, #your-feed-healthcare

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If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean

The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans, and its abolition could have a significant effect on many millions more people than those who get their health coverage through it.

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Defying the Family Cycle of Addiction

In a family plagued by addiction, I was determined to help my teen recover from surgery without opiates.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #families-and-family-life, #hernias, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #parenting, #surgery-and-surgeons

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Big Pharmacy Chains Also Fed the Opioid Epidemic, Court Filing Says

New details emerge in a lawsuit asserting that chains including CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens sold millions of pills in small towns but rarely flagged suspicious orders to authorities.

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Piled Bodies, Overflowing Morgues: Inside America’s Autopsy Crisis

Medical examiners provide crucial insights into public health and safety. What happens when we don’t have enough of them?

#autopsies, #cleveland-ohio, #forensic-science, #medicine-and-health, #opioids-and-opiates

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