A federal opioid trial right now in West Virginia is focused on the town of Huntington, which has been devastated by the opioid epidemic. Though it centers on one area of the country, it's a test case for whether drug companies - AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson - will be responsible financially for cleaning up the opioid crisis across the country.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 80% of drug overdoses between January 2019 and June 2019 involved one or more opioids, with three in four deaths involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl.
After reports of increased death rates nationwide due to drug overdoses, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill this week to allow commercial businesses, including hotels and restaurants, to be able to administer opioid antidotes to customers without fear of lawsuits.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health and Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded over $101 million to combat substance use disorders (SUD) and opioid use disorders (OUD).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are launching a 120-day pilot to help reduce the availability of unapproved opioids illegally offered for sale online.
A Florida law restricting the quantity of opioids a doctor can prescribe for acute pain to three days’ worth may have led to overall reductions in opioids dispensed to patients in the state, says a new study.