Opioid

  • Warning…Pet owners could be using animals to get pain medications

    The US Food and Drug Administration has raised alarm about one way people might access opioids to misuse and abuse: their pets. As America’s opioid epidemic rages, some pet owners could be stealing pain medications intended for their furry friends, according to a statement from FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb....
  • Lawmakers say opioid distributors missed signs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a congressional investigation into the opioid epidemic (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Lawmakers of both parties say wholesale drug distributors missed signs of suspicious prescription opioids sales in West Virginia. The state has been ravaged by overdose deaths after hundreds of millions of...
  • Illinois Senate views marijuana as opioid alternative

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois lawmakers are turning to marijuana to fight opioid abuse. The Senate voted 44-6 Thursday to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids . Those addicted to opioids would also be eligible to apply for a medical card to use marijuana. Sen....
  • Trump calls for death penalty in opioid attack plan

    President Donald Trump will visit New Hampshire on Monday to unveil a series of new steps aimed at combating the opioid crisis in what the administration is billing as his “initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand.” “The death penalty should be sought for certain cases where...
  • FDA declares natural and legal herb an opioid

    CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. – If you’re worried about the opioid crisis – you’ll want to listen up. The FDA claims there is an over-the-counter herb out there that works just like an opioid. And they say it’s killing people. But the pushback from folks who use this herb and...
  • Opioids overdose causing lots of kids to end up in the hospital

    A growing number of U.S. kids are ending up in the intensive care unit after overdosing on prescription painkillers or other opioids, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 2004 and 2015, the number of children and teens admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit for an opioid overdose nearly...
  • Opioid poisonings, overdoses send more US kids to hospitals

    CHICAGO (AP) – Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of U.S. children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care. The study included accidental poisonings along with overdoses from intentional use. Prescription painkillers were most commonly involved,...
  • Governors to Trump, Congress: Do more to solve opioid crisis

    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) – Governors of both parties are calling on Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration to provide more federal money and improve coordination to deal with America’s deadly opioid crisis. The National Governors Association released a list of recommendations for action on Thursday. It comes less than...
  • Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

    Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. The retail giant said Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies. The small packets, made by DisposeRx,...