Insys, the Opioid Drug Maker, Files for Bankruptcy

The opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, days after agreeing to pay $225 million to settle a federal investigation into the marketing practices for its powerful fentanyl painkiller. The company said it would continue operating while it comes up with a plan to pay its creditors, including the Justice Department, under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy […]

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More opioids given than prescribed in emergency department

(HealthDay)—The rate of emergency department visits with opioids only given during the visit is higher than the rate for visits with opioids only prescribed at discharge and for visits with opioids given and prescribed, according to a May data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. Pinyao Rui, M.P.H., and Susan […]

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Risk of suicide attempt by children doubles if parent uses opioids

The suicide rate among young people in the U.S. has risen dramatically in the past 15 years. Over the same time period, opioid use and abuse in adults also has increased considerably. Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh reported on a connection between these two epidemics in a study published this week in JAMA Psychiatry. […]

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Top Executives of Insys, an Opioid Company, Found Guilty of Racketeering

BOSTON — A federal jury on Thursday found the top executives of Insys Therapeutics, a company that sold a fentanyl-based painkiller, guilty of criminal racketeering charges involving bribing doctors to prescribe dangerous opioids to patients who didn’t need them. The jury, after deliberating for 15 days, convicted the company’s founder, the onetime billionaire John Kapoor, of all charges in the […]

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Cocaine deaths up in US, and opioids are a big part of it

U.S. health officials say cocaine overdose deaths have been rising. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine began rising around 2012, and jumped 34 percent between 2016 and 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Thursday. The increase at least partly reflects trends in deaths from heroin, fentanyl and other opioid drugs. Many overdose deaths involve someone who […]

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Opioids Overprescribed for Common Children’s Fracture, Study Says

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 — Children who have surgery for a broken elbow may be overprescribed potentially addictive opioid painkillers, a new study finds. Overprescription includes giving kids too many opioids when they are sent home — raising the risk that any leftover meds will be “diverted” for illicit use. “This study suggests that orthopedic surgeons really need to think […]

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Opioids Now More Deadly for Americans Than Traffic Accidents

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 — For the first time in history, Americans’ risk for dying from an opioid overdose is higher than their risk for dying in a car accident, the National Safety Council reported Monday. The chances of dying from an accidental opioid overdose in the United States are now one in 96 compared with a one-in-103 risk for […]

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Opioids Offer Small Improvement in Pain, Physical Function

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 — Opioid use is associated with small improvements in pain and physical functioning in patients with chronic noncancer pain, according to research published in the Dec. 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Jason W. Busse, Ph.D., from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues conducted a systematic review of randomized clinical […]

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