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Canada's CAMH suggests restricting high-dose painkiller prescriptions to battle opioid epidemic

11/26/2016 - A recent report from The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada has suggested that the northern nation should restrict access to high-dose opioids in order to curb their opioid epidemic. Across the globe, opioid addiction is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem. The opioid...

Vermont fights the opioid epidemic by limiting prescribed painkillers

10/27/2016 - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is planning to combat his state's opioid problem by limiting the number of painkillers that can be prescribed. The governor's proposal is part of his strategy to address what has become a severe crisis in Vermont over the past few years. In a statement, Shumlin said: "Vermont,...

NFL players choose cannabis oil over opioids to manage pain

10/14/2016 - NFL players are three times as prone to abusing opioid pain medications due the multiple injuries typically sustained during a career in professional football. Because of this, many are now looking to cannabis as a replacement for dangerously addictive pharmaceutical painkillers. The Gridiron Cannabis...

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

10/11/2016 - 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...

Big Pharma spent $880 million fighting against state opioid restrictions

9/23/2016 - If you thought Big Pharma couldn't sink any lower, you were wrong. A recent report led by the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity, has revealed that the manufacturers of opioid drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl, spent a whopping $880 million on campaign contributions and...

Pfizer admits Big Pharma is profiting from addiction; its products support opioid epidemic

9/9/2016 - Well, it only took two decades for Pfizer to admit that opioids are indeed addictive, even when they are used as prescribed. There is also no evidence that opioids are effective for long-term treatment of chronic pain, in spite of the clever and misleading marketing campaigns led by manufacturers. Opioids...

Surgeon General reprimands doctors across the U.S. for promoting Big Pharma at patients' expense

9/1/2016 - For the first time in history, a United States Surgeon General has sent out a mass message to American physicians. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy sent a letter to 2.3 million doctors in recent days, asking for their help to end the epidemic of prescription painkiller overdose deaths. The landmark letter...

Drastic 300% rise in babies born already addicted to heroin, opioids, painkillers

8/17/2016 - The number of babies who are born addicted to opioids has tripled in just 15 years in our country. It's a shocking statistic that underscores just how far opioid addiction reaches. In 1999, 1.5 babies in every 1,000 births were born addicted to opioids and placed into a withdrawal program immediately....

Doctors directed by the CDC to prescribe fewer opioid painkillers... that the CDC advocated in the first place

4/7/2016 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Every day, about 40 Americans die from an overdose of prescription opioid painkillers. To combat America's deadly prescription problem, the CDC has recently released 12 guidelines to advise primary...

The CDC's lazy attempt to do the right thing: New guidelines condemn opiates, but don't offer natural alternatives

3/17/2016 - For once, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is trying to do the right thing. But unfortunately, the agency doesn't have the mettle to see it through. As reported by The New York Times, recently, the CDC, in a bid to curb what a number of experts consider to be the worst public...

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