May 5, 2016 – LA Times reporters utilize thousands of pages of documents, many previously sealed, to document the business practices of Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin. The 12 hour action claim is central to $31 billion in revenue and addicting millions of people in pain who couldn’t wait that long to take the next dose. http://www.latimes.com/projects/oxycontin-part1/
When Pam Gay ran for coroner of York County, PA, heroin wasn’t considered a major public health issue. But in 2013 the office investigated 17 overdoses, and Gay’s chief deputy warned, “I think this may be a problem for us next year.” By the end of 2014 62 people died from heroin overdoses, ranking mostly rural York County sixth among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in per capita heroin deaths. Gay set about transforming the coroner’s office, becoming an advocate for the use of naloxone to save lives. Read Full Report (USA Today Feb 16, 2017)
August 5th, 2016 – Patients are finding that while it has been easy to get their insurance to cover the opioids they became addicted to, it is a lot harder to get authorization for medication to treat that addiction. Read about Nate Turner’s experience.
July 17, 2016 – As need grows for naloxone, drug companies raise prices. Prices up 20 fold in last 10 years. Congress asks companies for explanation.
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March 10, 2016 — Responding to a drug crisis that has contributed to more American deaths than car crashes, the Senate Thursday overwhelmingly passed a broad drug treatment and prevention bill.