News That Matters

Tag: opioids

Mississippi Chiropractor Charged With Selling Fentanyl
News

Mississippi Chiropractor Charged With Selling Fentanyl

GULFPORT, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi chiropractor accused of selling fentanyl and being in possession of drug paraphernalia was taken into custody after an undercover investigation.Joseph “Joey” Andrew Rogers, 53, of Long Beach, faces charges including possession of meth, tampering with evidence and sale of a controlled substance. The fentanyl charges came from "previous undercover operations," Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said in a news release.Authorities executed search warrants Wednesday at the home and office of Rogers, the Sun Herald reported. When authorities arrived at Rogers' house to serve the warrant, he fled and discarded a substance suspected to be fentanyl in the toilet.Rogers was apprehended and arrested. Investigators found meth and paraphernalia used for ingesti...
Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis
News

Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held responsible for contributing to San Francisco's opioid crisis for over-dispensing highly addictive drugs for years without proper oversight and failing to identify and report suspicious orders as required by law.San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said the pharmacy chain “continually violated what they were required to do under the federal Controlled Substances Act,” failing to track opioid prescriptions, preventing pharmacists from vetting prescriptions and “nor did they see the many red flags of physicians and others who were dramatically over-prescribing.”“Pharmacists were pressured to fill, fill, fill," he said, “and as a result, Walgreens filled our streets with op...
Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News
News

Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News

Researchers say regulations that limit patient access to methadone may have contributed to a significant decline in supplies of the opioid use disorder medication within the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic.The nation’s supply of methadone per capita fell 20% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of that year, marking the biggest decrease over the last decade, according to the findings of an analysis published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open.The study examined data tracking the commercial distribution of methadone, as well as the other most commonly used medication for treating opioid use disorder, buprenorphine, from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2021 to compare supplies of both drugs before and during the COVID-19.While the per capita supply of buprenorphine...