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New Law Expands Access to Naloxone to Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

A newly enacted law expands access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse some opioid overdoses in certain emergency situations. The law authorizes State Health Officer Dr. Tom Miller to sign a standing order to allow Alabama’s pharmacists to dispense […]

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Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in 20 Years

WASHINGTON — After years of relentless growth, the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States is finally falling, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996.
For much of the past two decades, doctors were writing so […]

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Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs At Middle Age

Imagine you’re in your 50s. You injured your shoulder a while back and it just hasn’t gotten better. You take prescription painkillers — an opioid like OxyContin — to help with the pain. Let’s say you’ve been taking it for […]

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Opioid Epidemic Fueling Hospitalizations, Hospital Costs

Every day, headlines detail the casualties of the nation’s surge in heroin and prescription painkiller abuse: the funerals, the broken families and the patients cycling in and out of treatment. Now, a new study sheds light on another repercussion — […]

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Obama Proposes $1.1B for Prescription Opioid Abuse Treatment

Did you know that more Americans die each year from opioid drug overdoses than car crashes? That, according to White House officials, is just one reason why President Obama is seeking an additional $1.1 billion in funding in the 2017 […]

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Prescription Drug Abuse Initiative Aims to Save Lives

One-in-four Americans has a direct personal link to prescription drug abuse, recent studies indicate, while most first-time abusers get their drugs from a family member or friend, and Alabama is no different.
In order to combat this growing problem, the Medical […]

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