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Opioid addiction rates have climbed by 500% since 2010, new study reports

The rate of opioid addiction in the US has risen by 500% over the last seven years, according to a study conducted by the insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield. The study found that more than one in five Blue Cross Blue Shield customers filled at least one prescription for opioid painkillers in 2015.

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CDC study highlights drastic rise in overdose deaths caused by opioid painkillers

Opioid overdose deaths in some states have risen by nearly 200% over the last five years, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency reported that overdose deaths caused by prescription painkillers have risen by 33% nationwide.

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Canadian study finds link between opioid prescriptions and fentanyl overdose

A recent study published in Canada has found a link between prescriptions for opioid painkillers and a risk of a fatal fentanyl overdose. According to the study, 60% of patients who suffered a fatal fentanyl overdose had been prescribed opioids within the last year.

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Pennsylvania family files wrongful death lawsuit against Actiq fentanyl lollipop manufacturers

The family of a Pennsylvania man who died from an overdose caused by the fentanyl lollipop Actiq has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturers of the drug. The lawsuit accuses the drug makers Cephalon and Teva Pharmaceuticals (which acquired Cephalon in 2011) of illegally marketing the fentanyl lollipop to treat migraines in violation…

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FDA issues black box warning about addiction, overdose risks of opioid painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will require the manufacturers of prescription opioid painkillers to add a black box warning to these medications. The new warnings—the toughest ever issued by the FDA regarding opioids—are designed to alert doctors and patients about the dangers of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, and death associated with…

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Nine in 10 opioid overdose victims receive additional painkiller prescriptions, often from the same physician, study finds

A shocking new study has found that more than nine out of 10 patients who suffered a non-fatal opioid overdose were prescribed opioid painkillers again, often by the same doctor who had treated them before their overdose. The study highlights growing concerns about the role that physicians who improperly write painkiller prescriptions play in the…

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Stanford researchers say epidemic of opioid painkillers overprescription not caused solely by ‘pill mills’

A new study has found that the majority of U.S. general practitioners are responsible for the epidemic of opioid painkiller overprescription in this country. The Stanford University School of Medicine study contradicts the findings of earlier research that blamed a few bad apple physicians who ran “pill mills” as the source of the high rates…

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Ohio law aims to curb prescription painkiller abuse among minors with parental consent requirements

Ohio Governor John Kasich is spearheading a movement with the backing of the state’s legislature to curb prescription drug abuse among teenagers by strengthening Ohio’s informed consent laws regarding the prescription of opioid painkillers to minors. These efforts led to the passage of a new law last year—known as “Start Talking!”—which requires health care providers…