Addiction

NCADA News: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Screens “Super Bowl” PSAs

St. Louis, MO (STL.News) – For the past four years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse– St. Louis Area (NCADA) has aired compelling, provocative, and at times controversial public service announcements on local television during the Super Bowl.  NCADA is excited to screen its 2019 PSAs, highlighting the Talk About It campaign for … Continue reading NCADA News: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Screens “Super Bowl” PSAs

Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it’s helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it’s making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost … Continue reading Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

LOS ANGELES | Pop star Demi Lovato vows to keep fighting addiction

LOS ANGELES— In her first public comments since an overdose put her into the hospital, singer Demi Lovato says she remains committed to overcoming addiction. “I will keep fighting,” Lovato wrote Sunday in a post on Instagram. She also thanked her fans, family, team and staff at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. She reportedly overdosed … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Pop star Demi Lovato vows to keep fighting addiction

Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro Announces Treatment Outreach Initiative

SOMERSET, PA – Partnering with local law enforcement including Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser and Somerset Chief of Police Randy Cox, Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a new law enforcement initiative to connect individuals suffering from addiction with local treatment resources. The goal of the initiative is to partner with local law enforcement … Continue reading Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro Announces Treatment Outreach Initiative

Former “Techies” fighting technology addiction

Silicon Valley, CA (STL.News) Technology has provided countless advancements to the planet, for thousands of years.  From growth in science and health, to fashion, the arts, and of course, social media, technology has connected the world profoundly and intimately.  But now, this question is often posed: what about the “dark side” of technology? In a … Continue reading Former “Techies” fighting technology addiction

Battling the National Opioid Epidemic Crisis

New National Efforts to Combat the Widespread Drug Overdose Opioid Epidemic in the Country The United States is in the midst of a crisis regarding an epidemic of opiate overdose deaths. Approximately 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids every day.  Unfortunately, drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the country.  … Continue reading Battling the National Opioid Epidemic Crisis

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

NEW YORK/August 16, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows. The drop in teen deaths had been a rare bright spot in the opioid epidemic that has seen adult overdose deaths surge year after year — fueled by abuse of prescription … Continue reading US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

South Carolina sues drug manufacturer over opioid crisis

COLUMBIA, SC/August 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — South Carolina has become the latest state to accuse a drug manufacturer of exacerbating its opioid drug crisis by using deceptive marketing, with the state’s top prosecutor suing the maker of OxyContin. Attorney General Alan Wilson on Tuesday announced the state had sued Purdue Pharma, accusing the maker of … Continue reading South Carolina sues drug manufacturer over opioid crisis

Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

NEW YORK/July 6, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released Thursday finds. The amount of opioids prescribed fell 18 percent between 2010 and 2015. But researchers found local differences, … Continue reading Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

Painkiller maker stops sales at FDA request because of abuse

July 6, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) The maker of opioid painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the market at the request of federal regulators because it’s being abused. Endo International PLC said Thursday it will voluntarily stop selling the pills, approved for use in patients with severe, constant pain, after consulting with the U.S. Food … Continue reading Painkiller maker stops sales at FDA request because of abuse

A Nation in Pain: Focus on Medicaid – Express Scripts

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 22, 2017 (STL.News) Express Scripts — Our nation’s unprecedented opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. To highlight the severity of this issue, consider these few alarming statistics: Drug overdose now leads the cause of accidental deaths in the United States — more than 15,000 people fatally … Continue reading A Nation in Pain: Focus on Medicaid – Express Scripts

Simmons Hanly Conroy Files Lawsuit for New York’s Schenectady County against Drug Companies over Opioid Epidemic and Addiction

Similar lawsuits also pending on behalf of New York’s Broome, Erie, Dutchess, Orange, Seneca, Suffolk and Sullivan counties NEW YORK/June 15, 2017 (STL.News) – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest law firms focused on consumer protection and mass tort actions, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of New York’s Schenectady County against pharmaceutical … Continue reading Simmons Hanly Conroy Files Lawsuit for New York’s Schenectady County against Drug Companies over Opioid Epidemic and Addiction

Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

CHICAGO (AP)(STL.News) — Opioid: Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another? Health Secretary Tom Price’s recent comments — one replying to a reporter’s question, the other in a … Continue reading Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

FHHS Hosted Heroin/Opioid Town Hall

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 12, 2017 (STL.News) Efforts continue to raise awareness about the dangerous heroin and opioid epidemic in our country. On Tuesday evening, Francis Howell High School hosted a Town Hall meeting to educate the community on this issue.  About 100 people gathered in the school’s auditorium, where they were presented with a reenactment … Continue reading FHHS Hosted Heroin/Opioid Town Hall