Vox New data shows drug overdose deaths fell in 2018. But there’s a big catch. It would be the first decline in drug overdose deaths in decades. But there are reasons to be cautious

CBSNews Amid opioid epidemic, report finds more doctors stealing prescriptions

Poz.com FDA OKs First Generic Naloxone Nasal Spray for Opioid Overdose – The spray requires no medical training.

NBCNews First major drug distribution company, former CEO, criminally charged in opioid crisis – Laurence Doud III, the former CEO of Rochester Drug Co-Operative, was indicted Tuesday for narcotics conspiracy and conspiracy to defraud the Drug Enforcement Administration.

John Oliver’s Dramatic Readings of the Sackler Deposition : The Sackler Gallery

NIH funds study in four states to reduce opioid related deaths by 40 percent over three years – Findings to serve as a blueprint for communities nationwide

Vox A new study finds the opioid epidemic has led to tens of billions in lost tax revenue – It’s already the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history. But it’s also affecting the economy and budgets.
DEA: Continuing Education available through the FDA-approved Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) – Opioid Analgesic REMS
Propublica: The Last Shot: Amid a surging opiate crisis, the maker of the anti-addiction drug Vivitrol skirted the usual sales channels. It found a captive market for its once-a-month injection in the criminal justice system.
NY Mag: What Comes After Addiction, Vivitrol, a drug designed to prevent heroin addicts from getting high, forces life into focus.

Opioid epidemic is increasing rates of some infectious diseases

An Addictionary

Washington Post William L White Recovery Blog

One Story: An overdose and a mother’s search for truth

YouTube: Ending Addiction channel

Opioid overdose deaths are rising among people with HIV in the United States

Link: CDC Prescribing Guidelines 2016

Link: Opioid Response Network

Group Calls for Moratorium on FDA Opioid Approvals: FDA advisory committee chairman also supports Public Citizen’s petition

Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic’s Third Wave

Chronic Pain Is a Huge, Underrecognized Problem for People With HIV

NEJM: Initial Opioid Prescriptions (declined) among U.S. Commercially Insured Patients, 2012–2017

Hidden epidemic: A daily drug overlooked amid opioid crisis

Mathematical models indicate that limiting opioid prescriptions would have a paradoxical initial effect

Don’t forget the other side of the opioid equation: those with chronic pain who benefit from the medications

Here’s a paper from the CDC detailing the drugs most involved in overdose deaths

Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road

How fentanyl changes the opioid equation

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