Posts by: Tracy Corbin

Doctors in seven states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex – Washington Post

Doctors in seven states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex – Washington Post

Dozens of medical professionals in seven states were charged Wednesday with participating in the illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and a dentist who unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to justify giving them opioids. The 60 people indicted include 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, …

How drugmakers’ gifts to doctors lead to more opioid overdose deaths – NY Times

How drugmakers’ gifts to doctors lead to more opioid overdose deaths – NY Times

Counties where doctors got more meals, trips and consulting fees from opioid makers had higher overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. A new study offers some of the strongest evidence yet of the connection between the marketing of opioids to doctors and the nation’s addiction epidemic. It found that counties where opioid manufacturers offered a large …

Fentanyl now America’s deadliest drug – USA Today

Fentanyl now America’s deadliest drug – USA Today

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, federal health officials announced, with more than 18,000 overdose deaths in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available. It’s the first time the synthetic opioid has been the nation’s deadliest drug. From 2012 to 2015, heroin topped the list. On average, in each year …