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Former National Sales Director of Insys Therapeutics Sentenced for Racketeering Conspiracy

Green Cross Strong news - DOJ District of Massachusetts reports Boston, MA: Defendant bribed doctors to prescribe highly addictive opioid often when medically unnecessary BOSTON – The former National Sales Director for Insys Therapeutics was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in conspiring to bribe practitioners to prescribe Subsys, a fentanyl-based pain medication, often when medically unnecessary. Richard Simon, 48, of…
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OPIOID DISASTER – NJ Pharmacies ‘Standing Order’ to Dispense Naloxone

Green Cross Strong news - Trenton, NJ: NJ AG reports Naloxone is an opioid antidote medication designed to reverse the life threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Many New Jersey pharmacies dispense naloxone without an individualized prescription, using a "standing order" from a physician or the Department of Health. You can obtain Naloxone from your local pharmacy even if you are not the intended user, but a…
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Major League Baseball adds Cocaine and Opioids to “Drugs of Abuse” List, Removes Marijuana

Changes made to protect athletes from lethal and addictive substances. Marijuana and Alcohol removed from abuse list. Green Cross Strong news - New York, NY: MLB Communications reports - Today, @MLB and the @MLB_PLAYERS jointly announced significant changes to the Drug of Abuse provisions of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program NPR reports: Major League Baseball Drops Marijuana, Adds Opioids, Cocaine To 'Drugs Of…
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Emergency Departments Across the Country are Overwhelmed with Demand

Green Cross Strong news - Boston, MA: Boston Medical Center Lauren Padilla HealthCity reports POPULATION HEALTH. Demand for mental health services is surging across the country. In just under a decade, total emergency department (ED) visits related to mental health or substance use disorders (SUDs) have grown by nearly 45%. Meanwhile, access to behavioral health care lags behind.   The mismatch between behavioral health care supply and demand has created a…
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Of all professions, construction workers most likely to use opioids and cocaine

GetSmartAboutDrugs reports (Science Daily, October 30) Construction workers are more likely use cocaine and misuse prescription opioids, according to a study  by the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research at NYU College of Global Public Health. These workers are also the second most likely to use marijuana. Researchers looked at data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between 2005 and 2014. "It makes sense that we see higher…
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Heavy Marijuana Use Could Double Stroke Risk for Young People

GetSmartAboutDrugs reports (Live Science, November 11) Younger frequent marijuana users may be more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke as non-users, says a new study that will be presented at the American Heart Associate (AHA) Scientific Sessions.  For the study, researchers looked at data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and compared marijuana use and incidence of stroke in people between 18 and 44 years old.…
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DEA and partners collect thousands of pounds of unwanted medications and vaping products during the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Green Cross Strong news - DEA reports WASHINGTON – Americans nationwide have once again shown their strong support for DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by dropping off nearly 883,000 pounds of medications during the October 2019 Take Back , along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly million pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National…
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