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America’s Opioid Crisis

The Genesis of the Opioid Crisis - The deaths caused by opioids in 2016 exceeded the total deaths in any single year from car accidents, gun violence and even HIV/AIDS at the height of that epidemic. Multiple factors have...more

Congressional Effort to Coordinate Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment; Proposed Spending Cut Package Sent to Congress

by King & Spalding on

Several House and Senate committees are examining various legislative solutions as part of a comprehensive effort to address the opioid crisis. In one such instance, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee last week...more

Gavel to Gavel: Efforts to reduce prescription opioid abuse

by GableGotwals on

Life expectancy in America dipped in 2016, in part, because of the national opioid epidemic. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug-overdose deaths surged nationally from 16,848 in 1999 to...more

Second Circuit Holds Life Term of Supervised Release for Non-Violent Drug Offender is Unreasonable

On May 2, 2018, the Second Circuit held in United States v. Jamaal Brooks (Parker, Lynch, Chin) (per curium) that the district court erred in imposing a sentence of lifetime supervised release on a defendant who had violated...more

Drugs, Lies, and Videotape: Drug Diversion

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

You are at your desk when you get the call from the pharmacy, maybe from where a med unit sits, or most terrifyingly, from the floor, and you’re told a patient didn’t get pain relief or has had a reaction to a drug which may...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - May 2018

It might happen to you because you’re an adventuresome diner or traveler. Or because of where you were born, or the kind of work you do. Or because you engaged in risky sex, even long ago, or experimented with drugs, or had a...more

More on the Duty to Defend

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Supreme Court recently granted review in Travelers Property & Casualty Co. v. Actavis, Inc., a very unusual case where two counties sued the manufacturers of opiate medicines for allegedly engaging in a...more

New York State Enacted Budget Includes Opioid Legislation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As part of the 2018-2019 New York State Budget, the Governor and the Legislature have agreed to a package of legislation addressing the opioid crisis in New York that includes requiring opioid manufacturers and distributors...more

CMS Continues to Focus Medicare Plans on Preventing Opioid Abuse

As we highlighted earlier this month, CMS released both the Contract Year 2019 Final Rules for Medicare Advantage and Part D (Final Rules) and the 2019 Call Letter. These documents are not typically released at the same time,...more

Seeing Through the Haze: Marijuana and the Workplace - THC "Breathalyzers"

by Varnum LLP on

Marijuana use by Michigan employees is on the rise. Many employees mistakenly believe that a Michigan Medical Marijuana card gives them the absolute right to use marijuana....more

Head of FDA Calls on Doctors, Internet-Service Providers To Join Opioid Fight

Painkillers Prescribed Haphazardly While Online Sales Soar - One of the reasons the nation’s opioid crisis has spun out of control could be the fact that doctors are not trained universally in the field of pain management....more

Organizations Making a Difference in Safety and Management: BevCap - Part I

by Fisher Phillips on

I wish that time permitted us to write more often about the good work done by various groups to improve workplace safety and management. Notable examples include AGC –National and numerous state AGC-Chapters, the National...more

Big Pharma Feels the Pain of Opioid Litigation

by Sands Anderson PC on

Few would dispute that the opioid epidemic is of crisis proportion. In 2016, there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the United States from opioid pain medicines, including hydrocodone (Vicodin & Lortab),...more

Can Surgeon General Advisory Affect Opioid Overdoses?

Jerome Adams Calls on Communities To ‘Be Prepared’ and ‘Save A Life’ The opioid epidemic in America is so out of hand that the U.S. surgeon general’s office has issued an advisory: “Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life.”...more

Top 5 DOT Policy Fixes For 2018

There have been many significant regulatory changes at the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as issues at the state level that affect employers of workers who are subject to DOT requirements. In 2015, the most...more

The three-day rule for treating acute withdrawal symptoms

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Generally, federal law requires practitioners to obtain a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration or a waiver from the DEA registration to use narcotics to treat opioid addiction. ...more

Responding to the Opioid Crisis and More:  2018-19 New York State Behavioral Health Budget Highlights

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Several provisions in the recently adopted 2018-19 New York State Budget (the “Enacted Budget”) are intended to address the ongoing opioid crisis. As discussed in a prior post, some were focused on pharmaceutical...more

Certification requirements for Ohio OTPs

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Health care providers who address and treat addiction are frontline responders to the crisis that sees opioid overdose deaths rising across the country....more

The alarming cost of opiates in the workplace and what you can do about it

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The direct and indirect costs associated with employees’ use of drugs, including opiates, are alarming. According to the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, impaired workers are...more

Prescriber rules for opioids

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On March 30, 2017, Ohio Governor John Kasich issued a policy statement imposing new limits on prescribing opiates, which became effective August 31, 2017. ...more

Liability risks at every port along the opiate stream

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Legal liability associated with the ever-evolving opiate epidemic is continually changing and expanding. Initially, the focus was on internet pharmacies for their dispensing activities....more

Can HEAL Do It For America’s Opioid Epidemic?

Government Initiative Promises $1.1 Billion in Research Funds - The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ National Institutes of Health has launched a brand-new – and much-necessary – initiative to combat the...more

Medicaid: Linchpin in State Strategies to Address Opioid Epidemic

The nation’s opioid epidemic claimed more than 42,000 lives in 2016, and more than 2 million people in the United States have an opioid use disorder (OUD). Yet only 1 in 5 people suffering from an OUD receive treatment. The...more

Opioid Epidemic Causing Collateral Damage to America’s Babies

Drug-addicted mothers passing along the egregious effects of opioid use to their children has increased on such a large scale that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given it a name: neonatal abstinence...more

Cannabis in the Workplace: A Few Things Employers Might Get a Taste of

by Field Law on

At this point, employers in Alberta are acutely aware that cannabis or marijuana is about to become a legal substance. However, they might not yet have a full understanding of how this legalization will impact them, their...more

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