There was a time when the opioid crisis was blamed mostly on prescription painkiller abuse. But new data suggests that opioid deaths in America are now largely due to an illegal synthetic form of the drug smuggled into the U.S. One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.
Last year, more than 31,000 people in the United States died after taking fentanyl or one of its close chemical relatives, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No other drug in modern history has killed more people in a year.
The DEA has proposed new controls for three precursor chemicals used to illicitly manufacture fentanyl.
The maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, and its owners, the Sackler family, are offering to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company for $10 billion to $12 billion
The DEA searched and shut down a dozen Florida pharmacies this week as part of “Operation Cazador,” seizing roughly 200,000 opioid pills, more than 35 weapons and about $3.3 million in assets, NBC News reported Friday.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to reduce the manufacturing of five Schedule II opioid controlled substances in the United States next year
Overall they report about a 5% decrease in Prescription Overdose Deaths when compared to the time frame 2014-2017. Yet in this same time frame, overdoses from illegally manufactured Fentanyl are up 11% with 63% of those reporting combined Fentanyl use with benzodiazepines, cocaine, or methamphetamine.
On September 6, 2019 the CDC published updated data on it’s Injury Prevention and Control website and the major takeaway is that drug overdose deaths are continuing to rise.
A recent NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll shows that 1 in 5 American suffer with pain on a daily basis. Overall, 18% of Americans say that’s often a problem for them. Almost a quarter, 24% say that’s sometimes the case.
While many in the chronic pain community continue their efforts to reach out to local, state and federal representatives, to discuss their needs, candidates continue to brush them off or respond with a letter of thanks, but no action, refusing honest conversations about the unintended consequences of the government’s war on opioids.