WVa Opioid Trial Verdict Still Pending Nearly a Year Later | West Virginia News

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Last July, a federal judge in West Virginia heard closing arguments in the first lawsuit to go to trial over the US opioid addiction epidemic. With an avalanche of documents from the three-month trial, Judge David Faber didn’t indicate when he would make a ruling on … Read more

WVa opioid trial verdict still pending nearly a year later

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Last July, a federal judge in West Virginia heard closing arguments in the first lawsuit to go to trial over the US opioid addiction epidemic. With an avalanche of documents from the three-month trial, Judge David Faber didn’t indicate when he would make a ruling on the multibillion-dollar lawsuit filed by Cabell … Read more

Xylazine Increasingly Found in Overdose Deaths

Overdose deaths involving the veterinary tranquilizer xylazine, also known as “tranq,” are increasing in several parts of the country, a study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence has found. Fentanyl was present in nearly all of the overdose deaths involving xylazine in the study, and the two appear to raise the risk of overdose when taken … Read more

Kentucky Shatters Its Fatal Overdose Record; Fentanyl Blamed | Kentucky News

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses rose nearly 15% in Kentucky last year, surpassing 2,000 deaths as the increased use of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — resulted in a record death toll in the state, according to a report released Monday. The report showed that 2,250 Kentuckians … Read more

Kentucky shatters its fatal overdose record; fentanyl blamed

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses rose nearly 15% in Kentucky last year, surpassing 2,000 deaths as the increased use of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — resulted in a record death toll in the state, according to a report released Monday. The report showed that 2,250 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses in … Read more

Parts of the brain form a circuit that may fuel smoking addiction

Some smokers lose their cravings after experiencing damage to specific areas of the brain, suggesting these areas form a network that somehow fuels the habit Health 13 June 2022 By Clare Wilson Human brain scans Shutterstock A brain circuit involved in addiction has been identified after researchers analysed smokers who immediately lost their nicotine cravings … Read more

Group Formed to Oversee Distribution of Opioid Settlement | Kentucky News

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took a step Monday to turn a massive settlement into action to combat opioid addiction, as Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced members of a group overseeing the state’s share. The Bluegrass State will receive $483 million from settlements finalized this year with drugmaker Johnson & … Read more

Can a Novel Med School Curriculum Curb the US Opioid Epidemic?

An opioid-centered curriculum for medical students improves awareness of pain management and treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) and may help mitigate the current opioid crisis in the US, new research suggests. “Our study showed that implementing training for medical students about opioid use disorder and its treatment improves knowledge and understanding of clinical principles … Read more

Fight Addiction by Reducing Opioid Use After Surgery | Healthiest Communities Health News

Driven by dangerously potent opioids like the synthetic substance fentanyl, deaths from drug overdoses are skyrocketing. Fatal overdoses among adolescents doubled between 2019 and 2020. And Black men – who in the past had a lower risk of drug-related death than white men – were one of the two most likely demographic groups to fatally … Read more

Is the Opioid Crisis Masking Real Rates of Suicides?

April 21, 2022 – Pandemic conditions were ripe for a mental health disaster: Isolation, a crashing economy, and a mystery illness taking aim with deadly accuracy. But while instances of depression and anxiety increased, there seemed to be one comforting prospect: In the past 2 years, suicide numbers have dropped. “We all thought that suicides … Read more