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Judge Gives Wichita Doctor Life In Prison For Role In 32-year-old’s Opioid Overdose Death

A judge gave a Kansas doctor life in federal prison Friday for his role in 32-year-old Nick McGovern’s opioid overdose death in 2015. Judge J. Thomas Marten told Dr. Steven Henson, 57, he seemed “numb to what you were doing over time” in illegally selling opioids to patients, including McGovern, reported The Wichita Eagle. Henson was convicted of falsifying patient ...

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‘That Tiny Little Bottle Can Be Deceptive’

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the Trump administration’s strategy to address aspects of the opioid crisis is a “natural extension” of President Donald Trump as “the most pro-life president in American history” at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C. Friday. “This crisis is indiscriminate by age as well. … [Opioids are] legally prescribed and that tiny little ...

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Ohio Detective Explains How Border Crisis Has Led To A Spike In Meth Overdose Deaths

Ashtabula County Detective Taylor Cleveland appeared on “Fox & Friends” Monday to explain how the current border crisis has magnified Ohio’s methamphetamine problem. “It’s an economics problem. For years, Summit county in Akron and Ashtabula county east of Cleveland have led the state in meth labs. Traditionally that’s generally how people were producing meth in those two counties,” he said. ...

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Trump Administration Goes After Pharmacies Unlawfully Dispensing Opioids

The Trump Administration announced legal action Friday to stop two pharmacies, their owner, and three pharmacists from dispensing controlled substance medications, including powerful opioids that have been linked to abuse and diversion. The action is part of a coordinated effort by the Justice Department’s Prescription Interdiction & Litigation (PIL) Task Force to deploy all available criminal, civil, and regulatory tools ...

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Opioid Profiteering Family Headed Deceit Campaign Surrounding OxyContin, Documents Claim

A Tuesday court filing claims that members of the Sackler family knew their company, Purdue Pharma, routinely failed to notify authorities that OxyContin was being abused and sold illegally, reported The New York Times. The Sacklers were the 19th-richest family in the U.S. in 2016 with an estimated $13 billion net worth, according to Forbes. TheDCNF began investigating the Sackler family’s charitable ...

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Americans more likely to die from Opioid Overdose than car crash

For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to National Safety Council analysis. The odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose have risen to one in 96, eclipsing the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash (one in 103). The National Safety ...

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Are You Addicted to Opioids? Don’t Be a Victim of Big Pharma and Fight Back

Since the dawn of time, humankind sought ways to elevate their consciousness or escape reality through the use of mind-altering substances. Consequently, substance addiction in some form or another has always been a societal backdrop. The opioid epidemic infecting the United States at present is but only a continuation of a centuries-long trend of substance abuse that actually originated by ...

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Fentanyl, other Narcotics and Firearm Seized at Checkpoint

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested an 18-year-old-male and 17-year-old juvenile male in possession of various types illegal narcotics and a rifle Wednesday evening.   The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., when two males in a Volkswagen Jetta approached the Highway 86 checkpoint.   A Border Patrol canine ...

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American life expectancy on longest downward trend since WWI

Suicides and drug overdoses caused life expectancy in the United States to fall again in 2017 in what is the longest downward trend since World War I. Americans born in 2017 are expected to live 78.6 years, down slightly from the previous year, according to new data from CDC. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) finds this decline extremely ...

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New Data Show Drug Overdose and Suicide Deaths Climbed at Alarming Rates in 2017

Nationally, deaths due to drug overdose and suicide increased last year according to data released today by the National Centers for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and analyzed by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT). In 2017, 70,237 Americans died from drug overdoses, a rate of 21.7 deaths per 100,000 people. In comparison, 63,600 Americans ...

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Teen drug use lower in 2018 than previous years

Studies show that teens are not using illegal drugs as they did in the last years. But an interesting fact is that they are vaping more than in the past. Nowadays young people highly use inhalants and electronic cigarettes. The Monitoring the Future survey shows some good news for the ones who are concerned about young people having drug addictions. ...

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Watch: President Trump and Ambassador Haley speak at UN panel on World Drug Problem [video + transcript]

Donald Trump at UN world drug epidemic panel

President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke at the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem panel being held at the United Nations Monday morning. Transcript of President Trump’s comments THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for being here this morning. It is a great honor to address you on an issue that ...

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Watch: Melania Trump launches ‘BE BEST’ children’s initiatives [video + transcript]

Melania Trump women of courage award

First Lady Melania Trump announced Monday a set of initiatives focused on the well-being of children. “As has been evidenced by the many events Mrs. Trump has participated in during her time as first lady, her focus will be the overall well-being of children. Something unique though: She has not narrowed her platform down to just one topic as has ...

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