U.S. pharmacy chains responsible for role in Ohio opioid crisis, jury finds

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacy chains recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties amid overdose deaths, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for other city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis.
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Jeffrey A. SingerOn November 18 theWall Street Journalran a front page story entitled “Drug Overdose Deaths, Fueled by Fentanyl, Hit Record High in U.S. ” It reported on provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that reveal a heartbreaking 100,306 drug overdose deaths for the 12 months running through April 2021, a 29 percent increase over the previous 12 month period.Thereport released by the CDC on November 17 stated that 75,673 of the more than 100,000 overdose deaths were opioid ‐​related, up from 56,064 the previous year. The remainder of overdose deaths involv...
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CONCLUSIONS: Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses have increased in recent years, as has the mortality associated to them. A change has also been observed in the profile of affected patients, with a higher number of cases where pain is derived from acute trauma.PMID:34806586
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ConclusionOur experience suggests that a titrated plant extract preparation of medical cannabis may be useful to control treatment-resistant pain and epilepsy in PPC patients.
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DISCUSSION: Among young patients who underwent laparoscopic appendectomy or cholecystectomy, the administration of opioids during hospitalization for postoperative pain was minimal. The opioid sparing protocol did not reduce the amount of inpatient postoperative opioids administered but found a decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed at discharge. The study findings identified further areas of intervention and education to optimize postoperative opioid prescribing after these common pediatric surgical procedures.PMID:34794319 | DOI:10.1177/00031348211054709
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CONCLUSIONS: Despite consensus guidelines, regional anesthesia remains underutilized. Multimodals are used frequently and are modestly associated with preoperative narcotic scores.PMID:34793645
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(NEW YORK) — An estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year, a never-before-seen milestone that health officials say is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and a more dangerous drug supply. Overdose deaths have been rising for more than two decades, accelerated in the past two years and, according to new data posted Wednesday, jumped nearly 30% in the latest year. Experts believe the top drivers are the growing prevalence of deadly fentanyl in the illicit drug supply and the COVID-19 pandemic, which left many drug users socially isolated and unable to get treatment or other support. [time-brightcove not-...
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Opioid use disorder (OUD) is commonly seen in older adults in primary care offices. OUD when left untreated, often leads to overdose deaths, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations due to opioid-related adverse effects, especially respiratory and central nervous system depression. Primary care providers are on the front lines of efforts for its prevention, early detection, and treatment. This includes using the lowest doses of opioids for the shortest possible time for management of pain, routine screening, brief intervention, opioid withdrawal management, prescription of naloxone to prevent overdose death, and t...
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Digital media&downloads Compound Developed at UArizona Health Sciences Provides Innovative Pain Relief Researchers targeted a common sodium ion channel to reverse pain and saw positive results that could lead to a nonaddictive solution to treat pain. Today University of Arizona Health Sciencespain-relief-web.jpgHealthBIO5College of Medicine - TucsonExpertsResearch Media contact(s)Stacy Pigott University of Arizona Health Sciencesspigott@arizona.edu520-539-4152Researchers at the  University of Arizona Health Sciences are closer to developing a safe and effective non-opioid pain reliever after a study showed t...
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Opioid painkillers are highly addictive. After just five days of prescription opioid use, the likelihood that you'll develop long-term dependence on these drugs rises steeply — increasing your risk of eventual addiction and overdose.  Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, says the opioid epidemic in the U.S. started in the 1990s, when patients were prescribed opioid pain relievers at an increased rate. This in turn led to widespread misuse and devastating consequences, including…
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Before discussing the perceptions and challenges of pain management care delivery, it is first important to describe the magnitude of the opioid epidemic. Of the estimated 50,000deaths related to opioids overdoses in 2019, a staggering 28% of those individuals had a prescription for opioids (Centers for Diseases Control [CDC]a,  2020; WONDER, 2020). The mortality rate has decreased 4.6% from 2017. Similarly the use of opioid prescriptions in the ED (emergency department) has decreased from 38% to 13% from 2012 to 2018, and the use of non-opioid medications increased from 6% to 11% and “no prescription&rdquo...
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