Prescription Drugs

Patients Find Quitting Antidepressants…Depressing

What symptoms occur when you stop taking antidepressants?

Nancy went through a rough time after losing her daughter. To deal with the depression, her doctor prescribed medication. Nearly two years later, Nancy has a new grasp on life, a mending heart, and a strong support network. She is ready to stop taking her antidepressant medication, but she’s finding it nearly impossible. She’s battling […]

This Philosopher Says Addiction Stigma Prevents Recovery

Unfounded stigmas and stereotypes can block access to addiction treatment.

Thousands of people are unnecessarily dying because we misinterpret how those struggling with addiction think, according to a philosopher, German Lopez. After a year of reporting on the crisis, Lopez claims the stigma against addiction “is the single biggest reason America is failing in its response to the opioid epidemic,” and to overcome that stigma, […]

Walmart is the Latest Pharmacy Chain to Limit Opioid RX’s

Walmart's policy caps new opioid prescriptions at a seven-day supply and limits dosages.

What happens when over 100 Americans a day die from opioid-related substance abuse? Policies change. The outcry becomes so loud it can’t be ignored, and everyone – including retailers – is forced to stand up and take notice of the opioid epidemic. The latest addition to nation-wide policy changes is taking place at the Walmart […]

The Opioid Crisis Cost Our Nation $115B in 2017

Think the opioid crisis isn't impacting you or your family? Think again...

The CDC estimates more than 62,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdose in 2017. The emotional cost to individuals and families across the nation is impossible to quantify. The financial toll, however, can be estimated. The current opioid crisis is taking enormous amounts of money away from individuals, local governments, healthcare providers, and federal […]

Trump’s General Counsel for Drug Czar Suddenly Dismissed

Lawrence Muir, the general counsel for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, has been fired.

Lawrence Muir – also known as Chip – the acting chief of staff and general counsel for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, was fired suddenly for unknown reasons, according to CNN. This abrupt dismissal is the latest development in the Trump administration’s rather confusing approach to the opioid crisis. Is Trump’s Dedication Questionable? […]

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