Addiction in the News

Volvo Refuses to Hire Worker Legally Taking Suboxone

Thanks to an EEOC lawsuit, Volvo will pay for refusing to hire a worker undergoing MAT.

Michael Files was eager to begin his new job at Volvo. On the day he arrived for orientation, he didn’t receive a new employee welcome packet. Instead, Files was told the company had “changed its mind” about hiring him. Somehow, Volvo “discovered” Files was participating in an approved and accredited buprenorphine program. As a result, […]

Chris Christie Blames China for Our Fentanyl Problem

Governor Chris Christie is no stranger to the opioid epidemic. The New Jersey Republican signed groundbreaking legislation that limits first-time opioid prescriptions to a five-day supply and requires state health insurers to cover at least six months of substance abuse treatment. His pleas for governmental opioid reform and his appointment as chair of President Trump’s […]

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 […]

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