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NC Lawmakers Grappling with How Best to Spend Opioid Settlement Money

The initial payments from a multi-state opioid lawsuit settlement totaling $26 billion are scheduled to be made available before the summer of 2022. Already interested parties in North Carolina are finding it hard to agree how the money should be divided between the groups who have declared themselves in need of funding. During the period …

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New Drug Offers Potential Alternative to Addictive Opioid Painkillers

There are over 50 million people in the US who currently have to cope with the debilitating effects of chronic pain. Dealing with chronic pain issues is complex as each case is unique and needs an individual treatment plan. Because of this complexity and other constraints physicians are too quick to administer the common “cure-all” …

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Could Virtual Reality Provide Pain Relief Similar to Opioids?

The general definition of chronic pain is pain that lasts for at least three months without relief. Chronic pain is also one of the main causes of extended periods of disability in the United States with 50 million people being affected. The most common solution for people who are suffering from chronic pain is painkillers, …

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Social Media Posts Show Risks of Social Media for Judge in Recent Opioid Case

A judge in Tennessee whose social media posts on Facebook resulted in him being removed from the bench during an opioids-related lawsuit brought about by local government fell foul of one of the oldest rules in the book, according to judicial ethics experts. The Circuit Court Judge in question – Jonathan Lee Young – seemed …

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Older Americans Often Forgotten When It Comes to the Opioid Epidemic

Between May 2020 and April 2021, over 100,000 deaths in the US were as a result of drug overdoses. This is according to data supplied by the National Center for Health Statistics. It is usually thought that people under the age of 30 are those most likely to die from drug overdoses—almost thought of as …

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Study Finds More Than One Million Years Lost as Teens and Young Adults Died from Drug Overdoses in Last Four Years

There is no good news associated with the opioid epidemic that is currently sweeping across the United States. Some new reports regarding the opioid epidemic though are more depressing than others. For example, a recent study has uncovered the highly depressing statistic that more than 200,000 teenage and adolescent (from the ages of 10 to …

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Drug Overdoses Continue to Rise – Here’s Why

Drug overdoses—including opioid-related overdoses—now kill more than 100,000 US citizens per year according to the latest figures released. That’s more than the number of people who die as a result of fatal gunshots wounds or road traffic accidents combined! This is also an increasing number. Fatal drug overdoses in 2015 numbered around 20,000 and experts …

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