Category: AUGUST 2019

As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Opioid Deaths Rise

The latest data underline the folly of tackling the “opioid crisis” by restricting access to pain pills. JACOB SULLUM | 4.19.18, 1:50pm The decline in opioid prescriptions that began in 2011 accelerated last year, according to the latest data. Meanwhile, opioid-related deaths continue to rise. The opposing trends show the folly of tackling the “opioid crisis” by restricting access to…

New California Opioid Regulations in Effect

October 2018 The State of California is taking action against the opioid epidemic. The California Assembly, Medical Board and Department of Justice are working together to reduce the risk of death associated with prescription opioids. California regulation requires prescribers to check the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) and offer naloxone when prescribing…

Johnson & Johnson opioid ruling explained – the key points

By Chris McGreal in Washington Mon 26 Aug 2019 21.08 EDT An Oklahoma judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572m for its role in driving Oklahoma’s opioid epidemic. The landmark ruling will have wide-ranging consequences for the other opioid makers, distributors and pharmacy chains facing thousands of lawsuits across the country. Judge Thad…

CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline: Unintentional Consequences?

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Angelika Byczkowski I’m sick of reading how all the horrible and entirely predictable consequences of the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline were “unintentional” and “unforeseeable”. The broad misinterpretation of the CDC’s Opioid Prescribing Guideline as establishing fixed limits on opioid prescribing has stranded hundreds of thousands of pain patients in…