You want a description of hell? Oxycontin’s 12 Hour Problem

May 5, 2016  –  LA Times reporters utilize thousands of pages of documents, many previously sealed, to document the business practices of Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin.  The 12 hour action claim is central to $31 billion in revenue and addicting millions of people in pain who couldn’t wait that long to take the next dose.    http://www.latimes.com/projects/oxycontin-part1/

Insurance Rules Can Hamper Recovery From Opioid Addiction

August 5th, 2016  –  Patients are finding that while it has been easy to get their insurance to cover the opioids they became addicted to, it is a lot harder to get authorization for medication to treat that addiction.  Read about Nate Turner’s experience.

NPR news article

Drug companies raise prices for naloxone

July 17, 2016 –  As need grows for naloxone, drug companies raise prices. Prices up 20 fold in last 10 years. Congress asks companies for explanation.
LA Times article

Senate passes bill on drug treatment & prevention

March 10, 2016  —  Responding to a drug crisis that has contributed to more American deaths than car crashes, the Senate Thursday overwhelmingly passed a broad drug treatment and prevention bill.

NY Times Article