Expert witness: Johnson & Johnson's role in opioid crisis may be 'worse' than Purdue's

One of the nation's top experts on opioid addiction said Tuesday that Johnson&Johnson's role in the current epidemic may be even "worse" than that of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin.
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While encouraging early signs suggest the United States opioid epidemic may have peaked, our eyes have been opened to the tremendous risks of subsequent abuse and addiction for the young patient exposed to opioids. This makes avoiding opioids especially important for the typical high school or college third molar patient. The 2017 AAOMS White Paper on opioid prescribing and pain management encouraged a multimodal approach to pain management; recommending NSAIDs for first-line analgesic therapy. In early 2019, the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery describes numerous adjuncts for treating postoperative third molar pa...
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The opioid epidemic and drug addiction tears up whole US families. New Cornell and Harvard research found that 36% of kids put in foster care were taken from drug-addicted parents.
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Prompted by the statements of anti-tobacco groups throughout the country claiming that vaping causes popcorn lung, a new organization was launched this past Thursday to confront this new and alarming epidemic among young people. The organization is called the American Popcorn Lung Association (APLA) and it has aTwitter feed (@LungPopcorn)." Popcorn lung " is a serious, progressive lung disease that is technically known as bronchiolitis obliterans. The disease results in obstruction of the smallest airways in the lung. The disease is irreversible and can be fatal. A lung transplant is the only definitive treatment...
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A new report by the inspector general for HHS shows prescriptions to treat opioid addiction are way up in recent years, while prescriptions for the painkillers have fallen.Kaiser Health News
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Deal over addiction treatment marketing is largest fine so far in painkiller epidemic
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CONCLUSION: Based on current literature, following a standardized, stringent weaning protocol is more beneficial than the pharmacologic agent used. Studies reveal shorter weaning times and hospital stays in almost every group that followed rigid guidelines. IMPLICATION FOR RESEARCH: Although current studies are promising for the desired outcome, more research is needed to develop appropriate protocol-based weaning regimens for management of NAS. IMPLICATION FOR PRACTICE: As the occurrence of NAS continues to rise, its management must vigorously meet the challenges of the diagnosis. Institutions should reevaluate ...
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U.S. government scientists are starting to peek into the brains of people caught in the opioid epidemic, to see if medicines proven to treat addiction also heal a brain damaged by addiction.
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SUNDAY, July 7, 2019 -- As America grapples with an opioid epidemic, it has become even more important to dispose of your leftover prescription medications properly, one pharmacist says. " Many people don't realize that simply throwing away leftover...
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A police officer who is using opioids illegally is breaking the very laws that he or she has sworn to uphold. This makes it even more difficult to reach out and get help for an addiction that may be spinning out of control. No one ever said being a police officer was easy. The job alternates between crushing boredom, bizarre situations, and unimaginable danger. When you’re a cop, much of the population that you’re paid to protect is afraid of you. You’re always being judged, whether it’s in the media or when you go to the corner store. Your hours are usually pretty awful, which means you don’t...
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CONCLUSIONS: A high level of willingness to wear an overdose detection device was observed in this setting and a range of factors associated with overdose were positively associated with willingness. Since some factors, such as homelessness may be a barrier, further research is needed to investigate explanations for unwillingness and to evaluate real world acceptability of a wearable overdose detection devices as this technology becomes available. PMID: 31269963 [PubMed - in process]
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