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Can a Senate Investigation Hold Opioid Makers Accountable for America’s Drug Epidemic?

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) announced she is launching an investigation into five of America’s largest opioid makers. Companies like Purdue Pharma, Mylan NV, Johnson & Johnson, Insys Therapeutics and Depomed could be required to turn over internal documents to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. If the companies refuse the request, Senator McCaskill will need bipartisan support from…
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Is There a Difference Between Opioids and Opiates?

At one point in history, opioids and opiates were not used interchangeably. The differences between these two terms can help you better understand this class of drugs. Opioids may refer to prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl. These are synthetic drugs that operate on the opioid receptors and reward center of the brain. Opiates may refer to alkaloids that…
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Study Discovers New Way Children Are Harmed by the Opioid Epidemic

A new study published by Pediatrics shows another way America’s opioid epidemic has harmed children. According to the study, more than 188,000 phone calls to poison control centers between January, 2000 and December, 2015 involved children being harmed by opioid medications. The study authors claimed this number amounted to one phone call every 45 minutes. Almost 60 percent of the…
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