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FDA Accuses Opioid Distributor of Shipping Illegitimate Products

On Tuesday, the FDA continued its investigation and crackdown on bad actors within the pharmaceutical industry by sending a warning letter sent to drug distributor McKessson. The sternly-worded letter accuses the opioid distrubitor of shipping "illegitimate" product. This is the first time the FDA has taken formal enforcement action to curb abuse. The letter from

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Prison Medication-Assisted Treatment Program Leads to 60% Decrease in OD’s

This week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Gina Raimondo's took a tour of the facilities for inmates and people involved in the post-incarceration program. Gov. Raimondo then participated in a roundtable discussion about the state's medication-assisted treatment program. Introduced in 2017, the program offers inmates in the prison system, also called AC)

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Amphetamine-Related Hospitalizations Jumped 245% in 7 Years

An alarming uptick of amphetamine use, such as crystal meth and speed, has quietly taken center stage for some hospitals also struggling with opioids abuse. Between 2008 and 2015, Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245%, according to the American Medical Association’s latest report. The increase is a startling reminder that the addiction epidemic isn’t isolated

MATADOR Jail-Based Treatment Gains National Recognition

A treatment program in Middlesex, Pennsylvania received recognition for their comprehensive addiction program, one of the few in the United States to provide medication-assisted treatment in jails. The program, officially known as Medication-Assisted Treatment and Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR), has been recognized by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

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New Trend? Street “Xanax” Pills Contain Synthetic Cannabinoid

In Vancouver, Canada, street-sold pills purported to be Xanax contained synthetic cannabinoid ingredients, similar to the drugs K2 and Spice. As part of a harm reduction program, a testing site was able to flag the drugs and warn people who interact with street opioid users quickly of the danger via text message ising their RADAR bad drug

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Meth is Becoming a Crisis in America, Too

While the opioid crisis is currently raging, a resurgence of methamphetamine use also looms in the background. While it hasn’t been publicized in many cities, meth use is rising. And in Michigan, County Prosecutors have declared its use a crisis. Meth, Ice are Getting Stronger Meth has also gotten stronger in Michigan and other states

FDA Takes Action Against E-Cigarette Vaping “Epidemic”

Last week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced his agency is considering banning all flavored e-cigarette products (vaping) from the market, due to what he calls “epidemic of addiction” among American teens. This announcement followed several other firm actions taken by the agency against vaping companies in the past few months. “The disturbing and accelerating trajectory

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