Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed Tuesday that the “current drug epidemic is indeed the deadliest in American history.” Is he right?
Intermountain Healthcare announced Tuesday that hospitals in their network will work to reduce painkiller scripts by 40 percent by the end of 2018. They are the first health care network to commit to a specific plan to significantly reduce the amount of opioids dolled out amid the current national epidemic.
Babies are born suffering from drug addiction withdrawals at a historic pace, increasing five-fold across the U.S. between 2003 and 2012.
Subsidies from Washington aren’t the answer — they just neutralize that rugged, self-reliant, innovative rural spirit. A broader economic solution would be to provide incentives that attract entrepreneurs back to invest in their former hometowns.
The American foster care system is in a state of crisis, strained by a massive influx of children since 2011 fueled by the opioid epidemic and general drug abuse.
Maine’s legislature passed a bill banning certain courtesy gifts for physicians last week in the state’s latest attempt to combat its opioid crisis. The state has seen a 40 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in the last year.
Of course we must police pill mills and train physicians better on the risks of overprescribing, but the near-exclusive attention on the medical and prescribing part of opioids is insufficient.
As drug addiction continues to grow in Vermont, a question remains: Is the state’s solution working?
For Vermonters trapped in a vicious circle of heroin abuse and recovery, Suboxone is a wonder drug that promises freedom from addiction. But pharmacists on the front lines of Vermont’s war on opioids say the state’s embrace of buprenorphine is setting people up for a lifetime of drug dependency.