Posts Tagged 'Oxycontin'

Outrage Grows as Curtain is Pulled Back on Powerful Opioid Family

Americans are learning more about the family that has flooded their streets and communities with powerful drugsAmericans are frustrated by the amount of power our nation’s corporations hold over our government, our environment, and, frankly, our day-to-day lives. It seems that a day doesn’t go by in which we hear yet another tale of a corporation taking measures to improve its bottom line by putting its profits over the well-being of the people.

In most cases, as if ...

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Documents Give New Insight into One Opioid Exec’s Sales Obsession

documents show Sackler's obsession with flooding US with opioidsIt’s not unreasonable to assume that you’ve never heard of the Sackler family. And, you might not have even heard of Purdue Pharma; the company the Sacklers started and still maintain control over today. But, it’s almost a sure bet that you’ve heard of OxyContin, and it’s increasingly likely that you either personally know someone who has been affected by the opioid crisis gripping the nation or have ...

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FDA Responds to Criticism Over OxyContin Decision for Children

fda responds to oxycontin criticismIn a decision that drew the ire of everyone from leaders in the medical community to members of Congress, the FDA recently approved the use of OxyContin for use in children as young as eleven years old.

An incredibly powerful opioid, OxyContin is highly addictive and can be lethal at high doses. And, when the nation is already in the throes of a prescription drug abuse and overdose crisis, the thought of ...

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West Virginia Senator Questions Independence of FDA

FDA independence questioned in OxyContin approvalA growing body of evidence seems to suggest that the FDA; the regulatory agency in charge of ensuring that the foods and drugs we ingest will not harm us, may not be as independent as the public may assume them to be.

One of the largest and most publicly visible hits to the agency’s credibility occurred earlier this year when the FDA issued a draft guidance which cleared the way for drug manufacturers ...

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First Decrease Shown in Painkiller Deaths Since 1999

In recent years, painkiller overdose and resulting fatalities have been a matter of great concern. The rate of death from painkiller use has nearly doubled in the past decade. However, in a recent article, USA Today reports of the first decrease in deaths since 1999.

The data on death by prescription painkillers shows a strong inverse correlation with deaths by heroin overdose. While the rates of prescription overdoses declined, there was a corresponding increase in heroin overdoses. ...

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Study Highlights Increased Narcotic Painkiller Use by U.S. Workers on Disability

Abuse of painkillers has become an epidemic in America. The journal Medical Care recently released a study that found a growing number of people on disability from work were prescribed powerful prescription narcotic painkillers.

The research found that about 44 percent of people that receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits were prescribed narcotic painkillers between 2007 and 2011. The percentage of people using the drugs long-term rose from 21 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2011. ...

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