Chicago News: Mayor Emanuel Announces That 4,000 Residents Received Opioid Addiction Services Thanks To Fees Generated By Pharmaceutical Representative License

CHICAGO, IL – Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced a new milestone in the City’s continued fight against the opioid epidemic.  Nearly 1,500 pharmaceutical representatives have obtained a Regulated Business License since the ordinance took effect on July … Continue reading Chicago News: Mayor Emanuel Announces That 4,000 Residents Received Opioid Addiction Services Thanks To Fees Generated By Pharmaceutical Representative License

Virginia News: MARTINSBURG, U.S Attorney Bill Powell announces Operation Synthetic Opioid surge (S.O.S.) in Berkeley County

MARTINSBURG, Va. – United States Attorney Bill Powell is applauding Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the creation of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), which, in the Northern District of West Virginia, will focus on a surge in prosecutions of those distributing fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in Berkeley County. Berkeley County saw the highest rate of … Continue reading Virginia News: MARTINSBURG, U.S Attorney Bill Powell announces Operation Synthetic Opioid surge (S.O.S.) in Berkeley County

Washington | News organizations push for opioid data to be made public

Washington – News organizations are pushing for the public release of data detailing the distribution of prescription opioids throughout the U.S., information that could show how drug manufacturers and distributors contributed to the nation’s addiction and overdose crisis. Attorneys for The Washington Post and HD Media, which owns The Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia, filed … Continue reading Washington | News organizations push for opioid data to be made public

Yale University News: Opioid epidemic responses overlook gender

NEW HAVEN, CT – Yale health experts warn that current efforts to confront the growth of opioid addiction and overdose deaths must better incorporate an understanding of how women fit into this epidemic. In a commentary published in The Lancet, Women’s Health Research at Yale Director Carolyn M. Mazure, and Yale Program in Addiction Medicine … Continue reading Yale University News: Opioid epidemic responses overlook gender

Iowa News: Iowa Attorney General Miller urges Iowans at risk to get opioid overdose antidote

State providing 4,000 free doses of Narcan on Friday DES MOINES, IA – Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller stresses the importance of Iowans — including legal users of prescription opioids — getting access to the overdose-reversing drug. “Quite literally, naloxone may be someone’s only lifeline if they overdosed on prescription painkillers or heroin,” he said. … Continue reading Iowa News: Iowa Attorney General Miller urges Iowans at risk to get opioid overdose antidote

WASHINGTON News: Baton Rouge-Based Health Care Fraud Strike Force Announces Charges Against Twenty-Six Individuals as Part of National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Takedown

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar III, announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 601 charged defendants across 58 federal districts, including 165 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Baton Rouge-Based Health Care Fraud Strike Force Announces Charges Against Twenty-Six Individuals as Part of National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Takedown

Missouri News: Missouri’s rate of opioid deaths decreasing

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – While the 2017 numbers of opioid related deaths increased from the 2016 numbers, the rate of increase in opioid deaths was markedly reduced compared to the previous year.  From 2015 to 2016 there was a 35 percent increase in opioid- or heroin-related deaths in the state, but the 2016 to 2017 … Continue reading Missouri News: Missouri’s rate of opioid deaths decreasing

California News: SAN DIEGO, Lakeside Pharmacy Pays $75,000 for Failing to Keep Accurate Records of Opioids

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dylan M. Aste (619) 546-7621 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – June 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO, Ca – A pharmacy in Lakeside, California and its owners have paid $75,000 to resolve allegations that they failed to properly account for highly addictive and frequently abused opioids, including fentanyl. The settlement is with Archana Corporation  and … Continue reading California News: SAN DIEGO, Lakeside Pharmacy Pays $75,000 for Failing to Keep Accurate Records of Opioids