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Intermountain Healthcare to pay $1M settlement in drug case

Intermountain Healthcare to pay $1M settlement in drug case

By Associated Press  |  December 11, 2017

The Salt Lake City-based health system will pay the federal government $1 million to settle allegations that a former medical assistant illegally diverted thousands of painkillers and other pills for personal use by herself and family members.

Mortality from opioid addiction quadruples

Mortality from opioid addiction quadruples

By Maria Castellucci  |  December 04, 2017

A new Health Affairs study found opioid-related deaths in hospitals quadrupled from 2000 to 2014 as providers cared for patients with more severe cases of pain addiction.

Trump names Conway to lead opioid efforts

Trump names Conway to lead opioid efforts

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 02, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced President Donald Trump asked Kellyanne Conway to become the administration's "opioids czar."

U.S. approves monthly injection for opioid addiction

U.S. approves monthly injection for opioid addiction

By Associated Press  |  December 01, 2017

The monthly injection has the potential to reduce dangerous relapses that occur when patients stop taking the currently available daily medication. But that benefit has not yet been shown in studies and the new drug comes with a hefty price: $1,580 per monthly dose.

Ex-addicts help St. Louis hospital patients who overdose

Ex-addicts help St. Louis hospital patients who overdose

By Associated Press  |  November 24, 2017

St. Louis providers came up with a plan to try to stop a barrage of heroin overdoses landing in emergency rooms. It involves sending "recovery coaches" to hospitals as living proof that addicts can get better.

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2017

The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The Council of Economic Advisers said some previous studies didn't reflect the number of fatalities blamed on opioids.

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