More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus in San Francisco last year

More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco last year, a microcosm of a larger nationwide problem coinciding with the pandemic. Data from San Francisco’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner shows that 708 people were killed by fentanyl in 2020, an astonishing 118 times more since the introduction of the drug in … Continue reading More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus in San Francisco last year

Under pressure: Doctors are pressured to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

Patients may be more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids when they come in for checkups and appointments later in the day — even when they don’t really have a need for the drugs. According to the researchers, this could be linked to the daily pressures and time constraints that doctors face, which could interfere with their … Continue reading Under pressure: Doctors are pressured to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

The United States has crossed the pandemic threshold in the opioid epidemic … and Big Pharma keeps cashing in

The level of opioid abuse in the United States has reached a critical point, and appropriate action is urgently needed to tackle the problem, according to a recent op-ed piece in The Hill. Clare Waismann, a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) with two decades of experience treating opioid-dependent patients, said that the opioid addiction epidemic in the U.S. … Continue reading The United States has crossed the pandemic threshold in the opioid epidemic … and Big Pharma keeps cashing in

Opioid epidemic reaches whole new crisis level as Big Pharma drugs out America for profit

A comprehensive study validates the impact opioid abuse has on our country, with results suggesting that from 2009 to 2015, overdose-related ICU admissions increased by 34 percent and the cost per ICU admission rose by 58 percent. During the same period, the number of opioid deaths within the ICU nearly doubled. Researchers from the Beth … Continue reading Opioid epidemic reaches whole new crisis level as Big Pharma drugs out America for profit