Four pain management programs curbing the opioid epidemic

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

From State-led programs to innovative pharmacist-hospital partnerships, these programs are fighting to quell the epidemic. 1. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Opioid Safety Initiative The VA system credentials pharmacists to prescribe medications, including opioids and substance abuse treatment medications. For the last two decades, VA has adapted
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Federal Judge Invites States bto Dicuss Opioid Crisis

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A federal judge who's overseeing lawsuits from around the country against the pharmaceutical industry has invited state attorneys general to join discussions and provide input. Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland is overseeing a consolidated case involving dozens of suits filed by communities against drugmakers and drug distributors. Polster told The
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Man shares heartbreaking story about zipping daughter into body bag following heroin overdose

Saturday, December 30, 2017

(USA Today) - An Ohio man shared a heartbreaking post about his daughter's death after she overdosed on heroin on Christmas Eve. In a Facebook post Tuesday, Tim Sherman of Eastlake, Ohio, shared the story of his daughter Karisten Sherman's struggle with heroin addiction. Sherman said he believed Karisten had been clean for a little over a year when he got
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Ohio second in nation for highest drug overdose deaths per capita

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Ohio had the second-highest number of drug overdose deaths per capita in 2016, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday. The report shows Ohio had 39.1 overdose deaths per 100,000 people last year, nearly double the national overdose death rate of 19.8 deaths per 100,000. That number was a sharp increase from
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Ohio awards innovators battling opioid addiction

Thursday, December 7, 2017

COLUMBUS — Ohio awarded $10 million in grants Thursday to six companies and a university that have come up with innovative scientific ideas to address the national opioid epidemic. The Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded the grants for ideas that include development of pain-management alternatives and a mobile app to improve addiction treatment.
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Column: Drug companies don’t deserve immunity

Sunday, December 3, 2017

In 1995 the Legislature voted to eliminate the rights of residents to sue pharmaceutical companies in the state. They passed an unprecedented law that prevents residents from gaining access to the civil justice system if they were harmed by dangerous drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration, with the limited exception that the drugmaker
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