DOJ to Support Lawsuits Against Companies Selling Opioids

https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2018-02-27/doj-to-support-lawsuits-against-companies-selling-opioids WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday it will support local officials in hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that are fueling the nation’s drug abuse crisis. The move is part of a broader effort to more aggressively target prescription drugmakers for their role in the epidemic, Attorney […]

Health care’s fundamental problem: Your doctor doesn’t work for you

Health care’s fundamental problem: Your doctor doesn’t work for you http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/375348-health-cares-fundamental-problem-your-doctor-doesnt-work-for-you You seek us out when you’re sick, share with us the most intimate details of your life, and trust that our treatments will make you better. There’s just one problem: Your doctor may not actually be working for you, the patient.  Over the last […]

Judge rules: only DEA/judicial system can decide if MJ has a valid medical use ?

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging federal marijuana laws http://www.startribune.com/judge-tosses-lawsuit-challenging-federal-marijuana-laws/475226443/ NEW YORK — A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging federal laws criminalizing marijuana as unconstitutional, saying the five plaintiffs had failed to pursue changes in the drug’s legal status by first going through the Drug Enforcement Administration. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein did not address […]

Pharmacy benefits managers in crosshairs of latest opioid lawsuit

http://www.benefitspro.com/2018/02/26/pharmacy-benefits-managers-in-crosshairs-of-latest They’d been out of the fight over the widespread use and abuse of opioids, but that could be about to change. Pharmacy benefit managers are being targeted by a lawsuit filed by Webb County, in South Texas, charging that PBMs enabled the opioid crisis and profited from the sale of the drugs that fueled it, according to a lawyer […]

#Kolodny: Suboxone, Vivitrol, Methadone FOR EVERYONE ?

F.D.A. to Expand Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Addicts www.nytimes.com/2018/02/25/science/fda-medication-assisted-therapy.html In an effort to encourage new treatments for opioid addiction, the Food and Drug Administration plans to begin permitting pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that help temper cravings, even if they don’t fully stop addiction. The change is part of a wider effort to expand access […]

They said YES…. before they said NO

Hi Steve, I just read an article you wrote that gave me some hope. I don’t know where to begin, so I will try to make this as short as possible. I have been on opioids for a year( on ssdi for 6 ). Not that it matters but 17 knee surgeries. Torn rotator cuff […]

As more U.S. states legalize the use of marijuana, Mexico’s violent drug cartels are turning to the basic law of supply and demand

Mexican cartels pushing more heroin after U.S. states relax marijuana laws https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/02/20/mexican-cartels-switch-gears-after-u-s-states-relax-u-s-states-legalize-marijuana-mexicos-cartels-sw/343389002/ CHIHUAHUA, Mexico — As more U.S. states legalize the use of marijuana, Mexico’s violent drug cartels are turning to the basic law of supply and demand. That means small farmers, or campesinos, in this border state’s rugged Sierra Madre who long planted marijuana to be […]

Liberty Mutual WC Carrier : just cut my husbands pain medication from 120 a month to 30

Work Comp carrier’s “utilization management” team just cut my husbands pain medication from 120 a month to 30, they call it a “weaning” process. What a joke – in 10 days next stop hospital. He broke is back in 1977 and has been in Pain Management treatment since then. Do you really think that Liberty […]

Opioid Crisis – Dr. Stephen Ziegler interview with George Knapp

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