How Insurers Contribute to The Opioid Epidemic

Many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The reason is that opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.

Enforcement Can’t Stop Fake Chinese Drugs: Report

China is the world’s largest supplier of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and ingredients, and the source of 79% of all counterfeit drugs seized in the U.S. But enforcement-based solutions are complicated by the lack of cooperation from Beijing, according to a forthcoming paper in the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review.

Drugs, Gangs & Radical Islam in a Caribbean Paradise

U.S. policymakers have begun to focus on the security threats from Trinidad and Tobago, just off South America’s north coast. According to a new study, the island nation of 1.2 million is emerging as a narcotics shipping hub; and on a per capita basis, it has sent more foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria than anywhere else in the region.

Hurricane Irma Poses Big Challenges For Drug Addicts

Preparing for Hurricane Irma, a needle exchange program in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood handed out extra syringes to heroin users. Other addicts picked up advance medication from methadone clinics. Disasters cause stress, and stress can cause relapse for people struggling with addiction.