overdose

“Pharmacy Shopping” Involved in Many Deaths From Painkiller Overdoses

A new study links “pharmacy shopping” with many painkiller overdose deaths among patients on Medicaid. The study found patients who used four pharmacies within 90 days had the highest odds of overdosing, HealthDay reports. Medicaid programs in many states keep track of the number of pharmacies that patients visit, in…

Commentary: Naloxone Access and Good Samaritan Overdose Protection Laws Abound in State Legislatures

It is no secret that America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic resulting from the use of both pharmaceutical opioids and heroin. The scope of the epidemic is not clear, but the Centers for Disease Control estimates that opioid overdose deaths have surpassed motor vehicle accidents in annual…

More States Increase Access to Naloxone in Response to Overdose Deaths

In the past two years, 17 states have passed laws increasing access to the overdose antidote naloxone, bringing the total to 24. Most of the laws allow doctors to prescribe naloxone to friends and family members of a person who abuses opioids. The laws also remove legal liability for prescribers…

North Carolina Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Dramatically Cuts Deaths

A North Carolina opioid overdose prevention program has succeeded in dramatically cutting overdose deaths in one county, according to Medscape. The program is now being rolled out statewide. Addiction experts discussed the program, called Project Lazarus, at the recent International Conference on Opioids. Project Lazarus was implemented in Wilkes County,…