Tag Archives: opioids

Some Insurance Companies Won’t Cover Opioid Abuse Treatment, Addiction Specialist Says

Some insurance companies deny coverage for opioid abuse treatment, according to an Oklahoma addiction specialist. …

Florida Officials Say They Are Making Significant Gains in War Against “Pill Mills”

Florida is making significant gains in its war against “pill mill” clinics that sell oxycodone and other widely abused painkillers, state officials said this week. …

Appeals Court Rules CVS Can Sell Controlled Drugs at Two Florida Pharmacies

An appeals court ruled Wednesday that CVS can continue to sell controlled drugs at two pharmacies in Florida. The ruling blocks an order by the Drug Enforcement Administration to suspend shipments of the drugs. …

Judge Sides with DEA in Case Involving Oxycodone Sales at Two CVS Stores

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) acted appropriately in suspending the controlled-substances licenses of two CVS stores in Florida. The DEA charged the stores had failed to closely monitor sales of oxycodone. …

Five Public Policies That Will Lead to Pain Relief Without Prescription Overdoses

Major policy changes are needed to resolve the tension between providing adequate pain relief and tackling the epidemic of prescription opioid overdoses, according to drug policy expert Keith Humphreys, PhD. …

Prescribing Opioids After Minor Surgery May Create Dependence in Some Seniors

Older adults who take opioids after minor surgery are more likely to become long-term opioid users compared with those who don’t receive a painkiller prescription after a minor procedure, suggests a new study. …

As “Pill Mills” Close in Florida, Demand Shifts to Pharmacies

As Florida gains success with shutting down “pill mills,” demand for prescription painkillers is shifting to retail pharmacies, The Wall Street Journal reports. …

Veterans With Psychiatric Disorders More Likely to Receive Opioids for Pain

U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric disorders are more likely than veterans without mental health issues to receive prescription opioids for pain, according to a new study. …

Drug Distribution Companies Must “Self-Police,” Federal Judge Rules

A federal judge has ruled that drug distribution companies must "self-police" to track unusually big drug shipments that might be used improperly. …

Opioid Overdose Antidote Could Have Prevented Many Deaths: CDC

Widely distributing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, and training people in how to use it, could save many lives, suggests a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. …