Medicine

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January 12, 2020

Gabapentin may become controlled substance in Ohio amid abuse

Gabapentin, a drug viewed as an alternative to opioids, is being abused across Ohio, experts and state officials warn. The misuse could lead the state to reclassify the drug.
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June 20, 2019

Opioid Operators: How Surgeons Ply Patients With Painkillers

Even as awareness of the opioid crisis grew, prescribing habits of surgeons changed very little from 2011 to 2016, found a data analysis by Kaiser Health News and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
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April 12, 2019

Ohio doctor found guilty of killing patient by overprescribing opioids

A Hamilton, Ohio doctor will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him of 37 charges related to illegally prescribing pain pills to patients.
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April 14, 2019

Drug-makers seek info on millions of Ohioans in opioid lawsuits

The drug companies that Ohio officials blame for fueling the state’s opioid epidemic are demanding highly personal information about its victims.
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April 8, 2019

Opioid Evangelist Switches Sides in Case Alleging Pharma Abuse

A doctor who was an early evangelist for increased use of highly addictive opioids like OxyContin to treat chronic pain--and who was paid to promote the idea--has switched sides and now says drug makers helped to create a U.S. epidemic by failing to acknowledge the risks of abuse.
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March 22, 2019

Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine

The U.S. Surgeon General’s office estimates that more than 20 million people have a substance use disorder. Meanwhile, the nation’s drug overdose crisis shows no sign of slowing. Yet, by all accounts, there aren’t nearly enough physicians who specialize in treating addiction — doctors with extensive clinical training who are board-certified in addiction medicine.
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March 6, 2019

Another Side Effect of the Opioid Crisis: Heart Infections

New research uncovers more damage wrought by the opioid epidemic: Cases of a dangerous heart infection linked to injection drug use have spiked in recent years at an Ohio medical center.
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January 22, 2019

Hope in the opioid crisis? Overdose deaths appear to be leveling off as states intensify efforts to save lives

Bill Kinkle hasn't worked as a nurse in nearly a decade. But the Pennsylvania man never leaves home without emergency medical supplies. Always on his belt: naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and save a life.
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