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April 13, 2021
In 2019, 76% of cocaine-involved overdose deaths in the U.S. also involved opioids, punctuating a trend dating back to 2009 that saw overdose deaths involving cocaine and opioids increase at a faster pace than overdose deaths involving cocaine alone, according to a National Center for Health…
April 12, 2021
A report published by CDC in August 2020 showed huge increases in mental health issues during the time period April-June 2020 compared with the same time period the previous year. Instances of suicidal conditions increased 200%, anxiety disorders 300%, and depression 400%. The report indicates…
April 08, 2021
Although the number of prescription opioids dispensed in the U.S. has declined since 2012, opioid overdose deaths continue to rise. The presence of fentanyl and a widespread increase in the use of stimulants, particularly methamphetamine, in combination with opioids, are two major factors on the…
April 08, 2021
Each acknowledging how the opioid epidemic has impacted the communities they represent, U.S. Reps. David Trone of Maryland and Lori Trahan of Massachusetts stressed to Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees that they have maintained their focus on addressing substance use during the COVID-19…
April 07, 2021
Criminal organizations behind the international drug trade market are highly adaptable, and they use the tools of 21st century commerce, but the Biden-Harris administration is committed to deterring and disrupting production and trafficking of illicit drugs into the United States, U.S. Secretary of…
April 07, 2021
The addiction crisis of today is not the same as those that preceded it even 2 years ago, and while there are reasons for concern, CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees in a session presented Wednesday morning that she also sees reasons for hope…
April 07, 2021
To recapture the progress made in combating the nation’s opioid crisis prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, policies and resources will need to be crafted in ways that address systemic inequities that have exacerbated challenges for specific populations, Acting Assistant Secretary for…
April 07, 2021
Since taking office in January, members of the Office of National Drug Control Policy have quickly gotten to work on setting an agenda to address the nation’s substance use crisis. In a presentation to Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees on Wednesday, ONDCP acting director Regina LaBelle…
April 06, 2021
Fentanyl-laced counterfeit medications smuggled into the U.S. remain a major opioid-related threat, but prescription drug monitoring programs—now active in 49 states—are one of the nation’s best defenses, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees in a session presented…
April 06, 2021
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, work on the National Institutes of Health’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative has kept progressing. NIH director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, and NIDA director Nora Volkow, MD, provided an update to Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin…
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