Prescription Drugs

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 […]

On the Brink: Why Hospitals Are Operating on Life Support

Our hospitals are now spilling over, thanks to the massive number of opiate-related admissions.

When you think of patients rushing to the ER, what scenarios come to mind? A car accident? Heart attack? Labor? One of the most common reasons people head to the hospital is injury. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, injuries related to steps and stairs are the most common reason people wind up […]

Changing Our Perspective on the Opioid Crisis

We must treat people in active addiction as human beings, with compassion.

I recently came across some work featured in Time Magazine by Philadelphia-based photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge. For five years, he chronicled the lives of heroin addicts in the city’s Kensington neighborhood. In the article, he discussed the changing face of substance abuse and his desire to alter society’s narrow perspective about this disease. What struck me […]

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