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Bill to check patient brokering fails to move beyond New York state senate

The authorities, at both the federal and state levels, are striving to combat the ever worsening opioid epidemic by implementing various measures and policies. However, some unscrupulous organizations and groups are trying to draw mileage out of the situation, and in the process are damaging the addiction treatment industry....

Drug overdose deaths trigger rise in organ transplants, finds study

America is reeling under the skyrocketing drug overdose crisis involving both prescription and illicit opioids. The increasing number of fatal overdoses has suddenly led to a spike in instances of organ transplants, made possible by people succumbing to addiction. According to a study published in the journal Annals of...

Bill introduced to increase participation in prescription drug take-back programs

In an effort to increase public participation in the federal prescription drug take-back programs, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley from Iowa and Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut have presented the Access to Increased Drug Disposal (AIDD) Act of 2018.

New bill proposes integration of job training in drug addiction recovery programs

For the thousands of patients enlisted in addiction treatment centers, the road ahead can turn out to be both rocky and bumpy. Even after completing a grueling and often painful treatment programs at addiction help centers, they fail to be ass

Decline in opioid prescriptions fails to check the rise in opioid overdose deaths, finds study

It all started in the late 1990s when doctors in the United States found it suitable enough to prescribe opioids for pain relief. Little did they know that decades later, the same set of drugs would become such a grave cause of human pain. A recent study conducted by...

Americans still not ready to embrace patients of addiction, finds survey

The biggest battle that a patient of addiction fights is not that of recovery, but of overcoming the associated stigma, says a recent survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The study revealed that majority of Americans still consider opioid addiction a serious health hazard...

Advertising conglomerate WPP bans alcohol during office hours

British advertising conglomerate WPP has banned drinking in office. In its updated policy on alcohol at workplace, the ad major has explicitly stated, “No drinks trolleys should be provided nor alcohol consumed at desks.” It has also asked agencies to restrict drinking in dining rooms and lounges so that...

Pennsylvania Gov. extends opioid disaster declaration by 3 months

Looking at the opioid epidemic, which is only growing with every passing day, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has decided to extend the opioid disaster declaration in the state by three more months. Making the announcement recently, Gov. Wolf said that the state required more time to implement strategies to...

Wastewater testing by MIT start-up to help Cary determine opioid use among its people

Combating the opioid epidemic, which is ripping apart the fabric of the nation, has become the motto of not just the American government but also of many other organizations. One such example is that of Biobot Analytics, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) start-up, which aims to help the...

University of Manchester students jailed for online drug dealing

In yet another shocking incident related to online illegal drug trafficking, a group of four students from the University of Manchester were convicted for trading drugs like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ketamine and ecstasy to clients from America, Australia, Europe and New Zealand through the now disbanded Silk Road....