Tag Archives: Opioid

Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t curb opioid overdose deaths, study says

A patient enters a new Knox medical marijuana dispensary on April 16, 2019 in Casselberry, Florida. Paul Hennessy | NurPhoto | Getty Images More Americans are turning to marijuana to treat health issues, but if you think legalizing medical weed will shrink the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States, think again. Lawmakers and… Read More »

Drug manufacturer to pay $225 million to end opioid investigations

Drug manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc. has agreed to pay $ 225 million in order to end federal investigations into allegations that it used illegal marketing schemes to push a powerful opioid-based painkiller. Federal prosecutors allege that company used kickbacks and veiled bribes in order to sell a fentanyl spray, called Susbys, which is designed for… Read More »

In Brief: Treating Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction

According to a recent analysis of national data by the Centers for Disease Control, the number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder (as documented at the time of delivery) more than quadrupled from 1999 through 2014. Studies of opioid exposure in pregnancy suggest increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and birth… Read More »