Tag Archives: opioid

J&J’s greed helped fuel U.S. opioid crisis, Oklahoma claims at trial

NORMAN, Okla. (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson’s greed led the drugmaker to use deceptive marketing to create an oversupply of painkillers that fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic, the state of Oklahoma alleged at the start of the first trial to result from lawsuits over the drug crisis. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, who filed the… Read More »

Addiction Medicine Mostly Prescribed To Whites, Even As Opioid Deaths Rose Among Blacks

This story is part of a partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). White drug users addicted to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids have had near-exclusive access to buprenorphine, a drug that curbs the craving for opioids and reduces the chance of a fatal overdose. That’s according to… Read More »

In Brief: Treating Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction

According to a recent analysis of national data by the Centers for Disease Control, the number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder (as documented at the time of delivery) more than quadrupled from 1999 through 2014. Studies of opioid exposure in pregnancy suggest increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and birth… Read More »