Drug Addiction

By Joel Achenbach and Dan Keating, The Washington Post

The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.

By Laurie McGinley and Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday asked a drug company to remove its opioid pain medication from the market, the first time the agency has made such a request because of the public health consequences of abuse.

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By Dr. Peter Abaci

If you’ve seen the regular stream of stories in the media about the “opioid epidemic,” the thought of starting an opioid pain medication might make you a little uneasy. But if you are scheduled for an elective surgery, dental work, or experience an acute injury, your doctor is likely to prescribe one – an estimated 1 out of every 5 patients with non-cancer pain are prescribed opioids by their doctors. So how can you...

By Phuong Le, The Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. — As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle.

A company that shipped increasing amounts of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills out of its Aurora distribution center has agreed to pay a record $150 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act, authorities say.

By Dr. Peter Abaci

By Geoff Mulvihill, Liz Essley Whyte and Ben Wieder, The Associated Press and Center for Public Integrity

This is Health Revolution Radio with Dr. Peter Abaci. Today's topic: breaking down the CNN town hall on painkillers.

Footprints in sand

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb in his skin and walk in it.” That was the immortal advice given by Atticus Finch to Scout in the classic American novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by the late Harper Lee. Scout’s journey would eventually become impactful, leading her to break down many stereotypes and preconceptions along the way, but only after she learned to see things from...

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