The Ohio attorney general has filed a lawsuit against five leading prescription opioid manufacturers, alleging that the companies intentionally misled patients regarding the risks and benefits of opioid use with fraudulent marketing. Attorney General Mike DeWine accused the companies of leading patients to believe that opioids were not addictive, which the lawsuit says fueled the… Read More


Evidence is mounting that certain drugs used to treat heroin users are themselves being sold on the streets – and may even be a ‘gateway’ to heroin or opioid use. As some experts herald their value for treating addiction, others ask if the ‘cure’ is making things worse. Addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers bedeviled… Read More


The Rhode Island health insurance commissioner says the state’s four major health insurers will end a practice that has been criticized for delaying treatment for patients with opioid dependency disorders. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island health insurance commissioner says the state’s four major health insurers will end a practice that has been criticized… Read More


The General Assembly passed a suite of bills designed to tackle Maryland’s worsening heroin crisis, putting finishing touches Monday on measures to improve drug awareness education and help addicts get into treatment. Fighting heroin addiction has broad bipartisan support and the legislature was deluged with policy ideas, weighing more than two-dozen bills. Work groups of… Read More