opioid News

The Hartford: Employers Need to Address Opioids in the Workplace

A recent survey by The Hartford shows the opioid epidemic is having a tangible and growing impact on employers of all sizes nationwide, and a majority of U.S. workers and Human Resources (HR) professionals feel they have limited knowledge and …

U.S. Overdose Deaths Starting to Level Off

The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it’s too soon to declare victory. “We are so far from …

Prince’s Family Sues Doctor That Prescribed Pain Pills

The family of the late rock star Prince is suing a doctor who prescribed pain pills for him, saying the doctor failed to treat him for opiate addiction and therefore bears responsibility for his death two years ago, their attorney …

Travelers’ Sees Reduced Costs, Earlier Return to Work With Early Severity Predictive Model

A growing economy coupled with an increase in inexperienced workers has the potential to contribute to higher severity in workplace injuries, according to Rich Ives, Travelers vice president of workers’ compensation claims. He explained that 27 percent of all workplace …

West Virginia Board Will Request Reports of Large Painkiller Orders

West Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy plans to ask prescription drug wholesalers to report pharmacies placing suspiciously large orders of painkillers or other controlled substances. The board plans to forward those reports to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office, which last …

New York Limits Initial Opioid Prescriptions to 7 Days

New York is limiting opioid drug prescriptions to seven days of painkillers following a patient’s initial visit to a doctor. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, signing the new law Wednesday, said it’s among four significant measures that he and state lawmakers are …

Study of States With Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Highlights Continued Opioid Problem

Despite prescription drug monitoring programs enacted in several states, opioids continue to be prescribed twice as much in some states versus other states, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report’s data is …

Deaths Due to Painkillers Higher Than Heroin, Cocaine Combined

The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, according to researchers at McGill University. In a first-of-its-kind review of existing research, the McGill team has put …