Addiction in the News

The DEA Wants Its Own Team of Drug-Busting Attorneys

The DEA wants to bring on a team of lawyers who exclusively prosecute drug crimes.

“We’re losing 90 people a day to opioids and about 140 a day to drugs altogether. It’s pretty clear we’ve got to use the tools we have at our disposal to attack this. We’ve got to hold accountable the people who are facilitating addiction and heartache.” With this call to action, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne […]

Cherokee Nation Files Multi-Billion-Dollar Opioid Lawsuit

The Cherokee filed its suit against pharmacies and distributors in tribal court.

Oklahoma is home to 177,000 Cherokee tribal members. It’s also home to one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the nation…and the Cherokee are among those suffering the most. Alarming statistics reveal just how bad things have gotten for tribal members: Native Americans surpass all other racial and ethnic groups in the rate […]

Should Midwives Be Able to Prescribe Suboxone?

A newly proposed law would allow midwives and other practitioners to prescribe Suboxone.

Over 13,000. That’s the number of infants delivered in the U.S. each year with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). It’s caused by the use of prescription pain medications or other opioids, like heroin, while pregnant. Babies with this medical condition are born dependent on opiates. The severity of each case is determined by the amount and […]

AG Sessions: Creating a Culture Hostile on Drug Abuse

Attorney General Jeff Sessions vows to crack down on healthcare fraud and opiate scams.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier this month that the U.S. Justice Department will be focusing on “healthcare fraud and opioid scams” by implementing a pilot program which would send federal prosecutors across cities most affected by addiction and overdoses. Further, he and President Trump spoke about reviving the “Just Say No” campaign, a strategy […]

Report: Doctors Paid to Pedal Addictive Opiates

A new report delves into the seedy side of opioid pharmaceutical marketing.

91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose – a sobering statistic which led President Trump to recently declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. It’s no secret that drug companies are a contributing factor in this deadly problem, but should doctors share some of the blame? A new report sheds light on their […]

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