University Hospital STOMPs emergency department opioid scripts by 70 percent

From NJBiz.com:

University Hospital announced on Wednesday that its S.T.O.M.P. program successfully reduced emergency department opioid prescriptions for discharged patients by nearly 70 percent since 2016.

The program, which stands for  Stewardship to Transform OUD while Medicating for Pain, was developed at Newark’s University Hospital as a hospital-wide opioid stewardship program to directly address the prevention and treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

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Dad Writes Emotional Obituary After Daughter, 31, Dies of Overdose: ‘She Lost Control of Her Life’

From People.com:

A father from Vermont wrote an impassioned obituary for his daughter who died after a years-long battle with opioid addiction and used the moment to call for more paths toward rehabilitation for those hoping to recover from substance abuse.

Edwin Webbley’s 31-year-old daughter, Megan Webbley, was at a New Hampshire rehabilitation clinic seeking help for opioid addiction when she passed away unexpectedly on September 29, he explained in an obituary published on October 7.

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As Opioids Ravage Communities, Locals Unite in Response

From the Epoch Times:

NEW YORK—As efforts to combat the opioid epidemic ramp up at the federal level, countless nonprofits and organizations at state and local levels spend each day dedicated to fighting the battle, oftentimes on the front lines.

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Opioid settlement would divide money based on local impact

From Associated Press:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The multibillion-dollar settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to resolve a crush of lawsuits over the nation’s opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up the money among state and local governments across the country, The Associated Press has learned.

The formulas would take into account several factors, including opioid distribution in a given jurisdiction, the number of people who misuse opioids and the number of overdose deaths.

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These Newborn Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk For some Americans

From the New York Times:

“For some Americans, the nation’s opioid crisis starts before birth.”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — His body dependent on opioids, he writhes, trembles and cries. He is exhausted but cannot sleep. He vomits, barely eats and has lost weight.

He is also a baby. Just 1 month old, he wails in the nursery of the CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital here. A volunteer “cuddler” holds him while walking around, murmuring sweetly, hour after hour, but he is inconsolable. What his body craves is heroin.

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Prevent Opioid Abuse at National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville.

Prevent Opioid Abuse team lines up legislative sponsors in states across the nation at National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville.


Drug Overdose Deaths Drop in U.S. for First Time Since 1990

From the New York Times:

” Three decades of ever-escalating deaths from drug overdoses in the United States may have come to an end, according to preliminary government data made public Wednesday. Total drug overdose deaths in America declined by around 5 percent last year, the first drop since 1990. “

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76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic

From the Washington Post:

” America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history. “

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Prevent Opioid Abuse Team visits Puerto Rico

From Left to right:
 
Eduardo Hernandez-Calo, Director of the Environmental Health Committee under the Presidency of Senator Carlos J. Rodriguez Mateo. Eduardo is currently a PhD student at the Medical Sciences campus of the University of Puerto Rico.
 
Senator José Vargas Vidot, Senator, professor, and medical professional whom has shown continuous commitment with the homeless and HIV/AIDS community in Puerto Rico.
 
Dr. Wanda T. Maldonado, Dean of the School of Farmacy at the Medical Sciences campus of the University of Puerto Rico and president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. (AACP)
 
Senator Abel Nazario, a distinguished member of the education community in Puerto Rico and ex-mayor of Yauco.

Angela Conover, leader of Prevent Opioid Abuse and executive member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
 
Angelo Valente, leader at Prevent Opioid Abuse and executive member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
 
Jose Enrique Gonzalez Avila, Legislative Coordinator at the office of Senator Abel Nazario.

Doctors in seven states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex

Dozens of medical professionals in seven states were charged Wednesday with participating in the illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and a dentist who unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to justify giving them opioids.

The 60 people indicted include 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals. The charges stem from the government’s largest prescription-opioid takedown. It involves more than 350,000 illegal prescriptions written in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia, according to indictments unsealed in federal court in Cincinnati.

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