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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
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 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
An interstate compact that will allow professional counselors who are licensed and reside in one member state to practice in all participating states is closer to being enacted after bills were approved by two state legislatures in recent weeks.
April 06, 2021
Acknowledging that addiction is a crisis that “touches families in every community in red states and blue states, across all races and creeds,” President Joe Biden told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees in an address presented Monday that his administration is committed to…
April 05, 2021
Acknowledging that addiction is a crisis that “touches families in every community in red states and blue states, across all races and creeds,” President Joe Biden told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees in an address presented Monday that his administration is committed to facing the…
April 05, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic shut down nearly the entire world over the past year, Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky told attendees of the 10th annual Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit on Monday, “but unfortunately, it did not slow down the illicit drug business.”
April 05, 2021
Dan Schneider, a retired Louisiana pharmacist, tracked down the individual responsible for his son’s death when police showed little interest in the case. He worked to shed light on the reckless prescribing practices of a local doctor, eventually leading to her license being revoked. He has taken…
April 01, 2021
On Thursday, ONDCP acting director Regina LaBelle unveiled the roadmap that will guide the Biden administration’s approach to addressing the addiction crisis during its first year in office. The administration will concentrate on seven specific areas in its first-year drug policy:
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