Opioids

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Vending machines with lifesaving drug grow as opioid crisis rages in US
Naloxone, an overdose-reversing ‘miracle drug’, can let people with an opioid addiction walk away from a near-death experience within minutes

Chris McGreal

29, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Amount of fentanyl seized in US this year ‘enough to kill every American’
DEA says more than 379m deadly doses of opioid with strength from one and a half to 50 times stronger than heroin were seized

Maya Yang

21, Dec, 2022 @6:45 PM

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US health agency accused of bowing to drug industry with new opioid guidance
Doctors say CDC’s softer guidelines ‘tossing aside’ safety limits put lives at risk as opioid epidemic continues to rage in the country

Chris McGreal

17, Dec, 2022 @10:00 AM

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V&A drops financial ties with Sackler family over links with opioids
London museum bows to years of pressure and removes signs bearing name of family associated with OxyContin crisis

Vanessa Thorpe and Joanna Walters

01, Oct, 2022 @7:55 PM

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Herbal product Kamini may be causing opioid dependence in Australia, doctors warn
Use of Ayurvedic medicine Kamini Vidrawan Ras resulted in 24 reported presentations to addiction clinics in Queensland and Victoria

Melissa Davey

26, Sep, 2022 @5:30 PM

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US-level mortality? Sounding the alarm about fentanyl overdose in Australia
Deaths from the powerful opioid, along with pethidine and tramadol, are up a staggering 1,275% since 2006. A new report warns without ‘decisive action’ a crisis looms

Melissa Davey Medical editor

02, Sep, 2022 @8:00 PM

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‘Listening to the people’: Beth Macy on the opioids crisis and her Dopesick sequel, Raising Lazarus
What’s next, the author asks, now the US has ‘a generation of users that started with heroin and fentanyl’

Edward Helmore

14, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Pain-relief shortage in poorer countries ‘due to stigma of US opioids crisis’
Palliative doctors call for relaxation of laws to redress huge unmet need for drugs among majority of world’s population

Kaamil Ahmed

04, Aug, 2022 @9:25 AM

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New Zealand ‘grossly underprepared’ as deadly drug fentanyl causes string of overdoses
Twelve people needed medical attention after overdosing on the drug, which had been sold as cocaine

Tess McClure in Auckland

27, Jun, 2022 @4:55 AM

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‘A deadly combination’: excessive heat adds to Arizona opioid epidemic’s toll
Opioid fatalities – driven by synthetics such as fentanyl – in the state were up 80% last year compared with 2018 and punishing heat is making things worse

Nina Lakhani in Phoenix

24, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Ohio judge hears if pharmacy chains should pay for driving opioid crisis
CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Were found to recklessly dispense narcotic painkillers in two Ohio counties, fueling a drug epidemic

Chris McGreal

10, May, 2022 @6:10 PM

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‘My pain levels have completely dropped’: how medical marijuana changed my life
Andrea Wright, diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia, is now having a proper night’s sleep

Julia Kollewe

09, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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