Opioid Crisis

AP FACT CHECK: Ad on Tina Smith’s investments is misleading

In the race to complete former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s term, Republican hopeful Karin Housley has branded Democratic Sen. Tina Smith as an extreme liberal and a political insider. In a recent ad, she employed a new line: Smith has profited off the spread of opioid painkillers that have led to thousands of deaths. Smith, … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Ad on Tina Smith’s investments is misleading

WASHINGTON News: Justice Department Announces $35 Million to Battle the Distribution of Methamphetamine and Another $35 Million to Assist Children Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced $35 million in funding to support law enforcement agencies in combating the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids, and another $35 million to establish new programs to provide services to children victims of the opioid crisis. The announcement was made at the Department’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Justice Department Announces $35 Million to Battle the Distribution of Methamphetamine and Another $35 Million to Assist Children Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

U.S. Political News: Hudson’s Bipartisan Bills to Combat Opioid Crisis Head to Trump’s Desk

Hudson’s Bipartisan Bills to Combat Opioid Crisis Head to Trump’s Desk Hudson’s bill has been praised as one of “the most important opioid bills” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement after Congress passed his bipartisan bills, the Securing Opioids and Unused Narcotics with Deliberate (SOUND) Disposal and Packaging … Continue reading U.S. Political News: Hudson’s Bipartisan Bills to Combat Opioid Crisis Head to Trump’s Desk

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, 12 Massachusetts Programs Awarded Over $8.4 Million in Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis

BOSTON, Ms. – The Department of Justice is awarding over $8.4 million to 12 Massachusetts programs that are working to combat the opioid crisis through prevention, treatment and enforcement. On the first day of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice is awarding nearly $320 million in … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, 12 Massachusetts Programs Awarded Over $8.4 Million in Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis

West Virginia News: WHEELING, Justice Department is awarding almost $320 million, including nearly $7 million in West Virginia, to combat opioid crisis

WHEELING, West Virginia – On the first day of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell is applauding the Justice Department’s announcement of more than $6 million in grant funding to West Virginia to combat the opioid crisis. The Department of Justice announced it is awarding almost $320 million to combat the opioid crisis … Continue reading West Virginia News: WHEELING, Justice Department is awarding almost $320 million, including nearly $7 million in West Virginia, to combat opioid crisis

WASHINGTON | Rep. Cook Votes for Comprehensive Bill to Combat the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted today for HR 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The bill passed overwhelmingly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 1,000 people are treated for opioid misuse in emergency departments per day … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Rep. Cook Votes for Comprehensive Bill to Combat the Opioid Crisis

New US survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

A U.S. government survey shows some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis. Figures from the survey released Friday show fewer people in 2017 used heroin for the first time compared to the previous year. The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in 2017. The … Continue reading New US survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

Doctors nudged by overdose letter prescribe fewer opioids

In a novel experiment, doctors got a letter from the medical examiner’s office telling them of their patient’s fatal overdose. The response: They started prescribing fewer opioids. Other doctors, whose patients also overdosed, didn’t get letters. Their opioid prescribing didn’t change. More than 400 “Dear Doctor” letters, sent last year in San Diego County, were … Continue reading Doctors nudged by overdose letter prescribe fewer opioids