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CVS Health to Limit Painkillers in Response to National Opioid Crisis

In September, one of the country’s largest prescription providers, CVS Health, announced its plan to combat the epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 65,000 people died in 2016, largely because of prescription painkillers and fentanyl-laced heroin. To put the opioid-related death toll in perspective, more Americans died […]




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Did Congress Collude with Big Pharma to Keep Americans Addicted to Opioids?

The Trump Administration declared the crisis of opioid and heroin overdoses a national emergency in August this year. As it turns out, though, identifying an emergency doesn’t necessarily mean the government is quick to take any action. In fact, a Washington Post investigative report shows just how the government is making the situation worse, while […]




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Fentanyl Test Strips Might Prevent Heroin Overdoses

As the nation comes to recognize drug abuse and addiction as a public health issue rather than a moral failing or lack of character, harm reduction strategies have leapt to the forefront. These tactics are taking on new forms and making advances that save lives. One new strategy available now takes the form of test […]




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Opioid Crisis and the White House: A National Emergency of Mixed Messages

Earlier this month, President Trump announced plans to declare a national emergency in lieu of the nation’s crisis of opioid overdose deaths. According to a recent survey, opioid related fatalities now kill 142 Americans every single day. Just two days earlier, however, on August 8, Trump said his administration’s approach to battling the addiction epidemic […]




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Opioid Crisis – Prescriptions Down but Use Hasn’t Declined

There’s good news and bad news. The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is in decline. Since 2010, the peak of opioid prescriptions, the agency tracked a 41 percent decrease. However, the analysis also revealed the prescribing rate is still three times higher than in […]




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TMS Therapy for Depression Might Also Treat Addiction Too

It is a mammoth understatement to say life is hard, even if it’s true. No one skips through it without some type of challenge, be it financial, physical, professional, personal, medical, mental or any combination thereof. So it might not be surprising to learn that major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in […]




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Gray Death: The Latest and Deadliest of Heroin Cocktails

The crisis of opioid addiction in the United States is an ever-evolving tragedy. Healthcare professionals, state and federal legislatures and law enforcement have so far been unable to stop or contain the spread of opioids and heroin spiked with even more powerful and deadly drugs. In fact, it’s become increasingly difficult for scientists to keep […]




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Drugged Driving Fatalities Surpass DUI Deaths for the First Time

New data released in April finds that drivers killed in car accidents were, for the first time in U.S. history, more likely to test positive for drugs than alcohol. According to the study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association in partnership with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, 43 percent of drivers in 2015 […]




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Will California’s AB 186 Create Safe Spaces to Use Heroin and Opioids?

Like other states in the U.S., California has seen a spike in overdoses as a result of heroin and prescription painkillers. While the news cycle appears to have moved away from the country’s opioid epidemic, the problem persists. In 2015, an estimated 33,000 people fatally overdosed on heroin or opioid medication, according to the Centers […]




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The Migration of Addiction Treatment Centers to California

California is known for many things: the beaches, movie stars, Hollywood, and outstanding weather, just to name a few. It’s also home to a large number of addiction treatment centers, with many of them located in and around Malibu. But why are so many of them located there? To answer that, we need to step […]




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