Push to combat drug trade may mean starting with China

December 27, 2016 0

AP News– If President-elect Donald Trump wants to fulfill his campaign promise of stemming the flow of drugs coming across the United States’ border with Mexico, he may want to start by looking at China. Manufacturers and organized crime groups in the world’s most populous country are responsible for the majority of fentanyl — the synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin — that ends up in the U.S. and the majority […]

Monitoring and Reducing Youth Exposure to Alcohol Marketing

December 26, 2016 0

New research from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Public Health finds certain cable TV shows and networks are rife with alcohol advertisements that are reaching young people under 21 in violation of alcohol industry standards. In the U.S., alcohol advertising is voluntarily regulated by the alcohol industry itself.  The voluntary self-regulatory code sets limits on the shows that […]

Pharma Execs Arrested in Shockingly Organized Scheme to Overprescribe Notorious Opioid

December 19, 2016 0

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that overdose deaths caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—the drug that killed Prince—rose by nearly 75 percent in 2015. On the same day, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts announced the arrest of six former employees, including a former CEO and two former vice presidents, of the Phoenix-based and NASDAQ-traded fentanyl producer Insys Therapeutics. The individuals are charged with bribing doctors and otherwise conspiring to […]

From the Guardian: Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse?

December 12, 2016 0

Natasha Butler had never heard of fentanyl until a doctor told her that a single pill had pushed her eldest son to the brink of death – and he wasn’t coming back. “The doctor said fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. I know morphine is really, really powerful. I’m trying to understand. All that in one pill? How did Jerome get that pill?” she asked, her […]