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The Deadly Link Between Incarceration and Opioids

The formidable obstacles faced by individuals released from prison or jail, combined with family disruption and unemployment, contribute to the spread of the opioid epidemic, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health journal.

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opioids

Opioid Restrictions Harmed Pain Patients, U.S. Says

To fight the opioid epidemic, U.S. doctors cut prescriptions of medications such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet by at least a quarter over the last five years. But the reduction in prescriptions came at a cost to some pain patients.

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Catching a Kingpin: The Hunt for ‘El Chapo’ and the Deadly Lessons of the Opioid Crisis

When drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted last month, many people scored it as a major victory in America’s drug war. But in a conversation with TCR about his new book, Jack Riley, the DEA agent who helped bring Guzman to justice, said the country still hasn’t learned the real lessons of the struggle with opioid cartels and their enablers.

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addict

Deflecting Opioid Sufferers From the Justice System ‘Can Save Lives,’ Experts Say

Growing collaboration between community service providers and police has begun to make headway in an epidemic that has made hospital emergency rooms “busier than bar rooms,” a former Massachusetts sheriff told a panel at John Jay College. The innovative “deflection” approach helps addicts avoid becoming entangled with the justice system.

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drug war

White House Opioid Plan: Recycled ‘War on Drugs’?

The “National Drug Control Strategy” report issued by the White House last week contains familiar hardline rhetoric, even while it undercuts claims by President Trump that building a wall is crucial to blocking drug traffickers.

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food

Do Perks for Doctors Fuel Opioid Deaths?

Drug companies’ multimillion-dollar-marketing campaigns have been held responsible for the substance-abuse associated with overprescribing of opiate painkillers. Now a new study links the promotions with higher levels of mortality, and calls for regulations curbing the use of perks like free meals.

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drugs

Can We Help Opioid Abusers Without Jailing Them?

As the nation continue to suffer from the opioid epidemic, programs that can divert substance abusers away from the criminal justice system are critical. One increasingly popular approach called “deflection” partners police and public health workers.