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How the Opioid Crisis is Impacting the US Labor Force

The current opioid crisis gripping the US is impacting countless aspects of how the entire country functions. Increasingly, it is being shown that high numbers of prime-aged males are dropping out of the US labor force, affecting businesses and companies who rely on such people to perform important roles of employment. As has been well-established, …

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New York legislation hopes to offer additional treatment for inmates with opioid dependency

New York Looks at Providing Medication-Assisted Treatment to all Prison and Jail Inmates

One of the major problems that thwarts the chances of the US recovering from the current opioid crisis is the issue with prison and jail inmates who are addicted to opioids following the initial prescription of opioid-based pain medication. Now officials in New York are toying with the idea of offering medication-assisted treatments to all …

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Drug Overdoses Rise in Philadelphia Due to Tainted Heroin

A new report from Philly reveals that fatal heroin overdoses are once again rising in Philadelphia. The city lost a total of 1,217 patients to addiction in 2017 alone, one of the highest death rates in America. Now, those numbers are on the rise again. On July 20th, 2018, paramedics and local hospitals were forced …

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Will Fewer Opioid Prescriptions Actually Help Curb the Crisis?

One idea that has been floated of late in an effort to curb the current opioid epidemic in the US is the notion of restricting the freedom of physicians to prescribe opioids as painkillers. The question that is being raised is whether fewer opioid prescriptions will actually help curb the current crisis. Even though restrictions …

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Was Johnson & Johnson an Opioid ‘Kingpin’?

Across the United States, lawmakers and politicians are looking at possible ways of tackling the current opioid crisis. The state of Oklahoma has decided to take some matters to court and are pursuing legal claims against world-renowned pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for their part in the manufacturing of morphine and OxyContin. Oklahoma is …

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Minnesota Lawmakers Looking to Tax Drug Makers to Help With Drug Epidemic

Lawmakers in Minnesota are currently looking at ways in which drug makers can be forced to contribute more to help deal with the state’s current opioid crisis. If proposed moves are successful, any large scale opioid manufacturer or wholesaler could be forced to pay a registration fee of up to $500,000 in order to be …

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New Study Looks at How Geography Plays a Role in Opioid Crisis

It’s impossible to deny that the USA is in the midst of the worst opioid crisis in the country’s history. 2017 was the worst year ever for opioid related deaths and when figures are released, 2018 could be even worse. You would think that the level of opioid related deaths would be fairly consistent across …

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Opioid Use Driving Force Behind Higher Disability Rates in Some States

Despite the relatively booming economy, many states are reporting a decrease in the availability of labor. Research shows that there seems to be a correlation between the decrease in labor availability and the rise in opioid prescriptions. Some states, such as Alabama, Arkansas and West Virginia are reporting a particularly high correlation, leading to claims …

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