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An obituary for Madelyn Linsenmeir, who died of opioid addiction, went viral this week. Written by her sister, it detailed how Linsenmeir improved the lives around her, but had her life destroyed by her addiction. The obituary drew renewed attention to the personal toll of the opioid crisis.
One of America's largest health insurers, Cigna, is focusing in on specific communities in its new effort to combat the opioid crisis. This is following its plans for a 25% decrease in the amount of total prescriptions implemented earlier this year.
To get ahead of the latest trends in drug addiction, the Food and Drug Administration sifts through internet forums and online mentions to detect concerning patterns. The agency discovered through this process that drug abuse is shifting from prescription opioids to opioid substitutes.
The first drug for opioid withdrawal has gotten the green light — and it targets risky symptoms that others ignore
Lofexidine, sold under the brand name Lucemyra, is the first drug of its kind to target the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal, which can trigger a cycle of use, addiction, and overdose.
There’s a science-backed treatment for drug addiction that works — but it’s nearly impossible to get
The death toll from the opioids epidemic continues to soar, but experts say we already have an evidence-backed solution: medication-assisted treatment.
Opioid prescriptions fell about 12% between 2016 and 2017, according to new data from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science.
Cigna has cut its opioid use among members by 25% since 2016, a year earlier than expected, as part of its efforts to curb the opioid crisis.
WE’VE GOT A DEAL: Congress just released a massive $1.3 trillion plan to avoid a government shutdown
The $1.3 trillion omnibus bill will include funding to combat the opioid crisis, increase border security, protect voting systems, and build new infrastructure.
Trump will reportedly unveil a plan to combat the opioid crisis that includes the death penalty for drug dealers
President Donald Trump will roll out a plan to combat the opioid crisis that includes the death penalty for some drug dealers according to a new report.
First Lady Melania Trump gave a rare public speech on Monday in which she praised the student survivors of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting.