‘Missed Opportunity.’ Warren’s Opioid Plan Has a Major Blind Spot, Experts Say

Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren proposed a $100 billion plan to address the opioid epidemic earlier this month, earning praise for recognizing the scale of response the crisis requires. Drug policy experts, however, say that while her proposal is a step in the right direction, it overlooks the opportunity to fix a […]

National Portrait Gallery Rejects Donation From Purdue Pharma’s Sackler Family

A British art gallery has decided it won’t take 1 million pound ($1.3 million) pledge from a charitable organization run by Purdue Pharma’s Sackler family. In a statement on Wednesday, the National Portrait Gallery said that “recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait […]

Drug Companies Must Fund Opioid Studies to Curb Overdose Epidemic, Says FDA Commissioner

The commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, says that addressing the opioid epidemic requires a bolder plan of action, and that the agency will require drug companies to initiate studies on whether opioids are effective treatment for chronic pain. Depending on the results of those studies, the FDA could […]

Purdue Pharma Reportedly Knew Doctors Underestimated OxyContin’s Strength

Purdue Pharma knew that doctors thought the painkiller OxyContin, which helped contribute to the current opioid crisis, was weaker than morphine when it was really twice as strong, ProPublica and STAT jointly reported. But the pharmaceutical company didn’t correct the misunderstanding because it was boosting use and sales of the product, according to email exchanges […]

Prescription Drug Disposal Locations Are Now Viewable on Google Maps

As the opioid crisis has continued to roil the U.S., Google searches have spiked for terms such as “prescription drug disposal locations” and “drug drop off near me.” As a result, the search giant is rolling out a Google Maps feature to make it easy for people to quickly and safely dispose of their old […]