Opioid Epidemic: Drug Overdose Alone Killed More Americans than 3 Wars Combined

With the number of people doing drug overdose America is skyrocketing, the number of deaths is extremely harrowing and the main reason is the opioid endemic

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People in US are dying due to the overdose of drugs. Pixabay

 

  • Death toll due to drug overdoses in America is at the peak with more 50,-000 deaths in the last year
  • Drug overdose is the principal cause of death for Americans under 50
  • The main reason for the death is the prescription of Opioid 

June 23, 2017: Due to the Drug overdose in America, the number of deaths can shoot up to as many as died in Iraq, Vietnam and Afghanistan wars, NYT reported.

For more than 100 years, the death rate was low but such is not the situation now. With the number of people doing drug overdose America is skyrocketing, the number of deaths is extremely harrowing and the main reason is the opioid endemic. The spread of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid is cheap and potent, which leads to overdoses.

More than 59,000 Americans died in 2016 of drug overdoses, Times investigation reported this month which is the largest annual jump in tolls ever recorded in the U.S.

NYT mentioned, there were more than 236 million prescriptions written for opioids in the United States last year — that’s about one bottle of opioids for every American.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

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Google, Facebook and Twitter Join Non-Profit Center To Support Recovery of individuals With Drug Addiction

Finally, to help people in recovery access support groups, Google is working with various non-profits to put together a list of online support group options, and options for virtual meetings are listed on the site

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Facebook also sees how their tools are being used to get help during this trying time. Pixabay

In a bid to support individuals with substance abuse and drug addiction during COVID-19 times, Google, Facebook and Twitter have joined non-profit Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) to launch an initiative called Tech Together.

The online platform is a collection of resources to help those experiencing substance use disorder or battling addiction and the associated stigma. During these social distancing times, an increasing number of recovery support meetings and in-person recovery resources have been suspended due to shelter-in-place orders.

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Prior to COVID-19, a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities showed that 2.5 million US adults were already using online technology to aid in their recovery, and report that interventions incorporating online technologies led to further recovery success.

“COVID-19 may have paused our everyday lives, but unfortunately addiction and substance misuse disorders persist. More than half of Americans know someone impacted by opioid misuse alone,” said CSIP Executive Director Marjorie Clifton.

Tech Together partner efforts include Twitter offering hashtags for thousands of people in recovery to join conversations. Twitter provides real-time engagement to share stories of recovery, and online community building for people facing similar battles of addiction and recovery.

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In a bid to support individuals with substance abuse and drug addiction during COVID-19 times, Google, Facebook and Twitter have joined non-profit Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) to launch an initiative called Tech Together. Pixabay

“Facebook also sees how their tools are being used to get help during this trying time. Whether offering crisis support over Facebook Messenger, hosting a Facebook Live support session or connecting through a Facebook Group, communities in need are coming together,” CSIP said in a statement.

Finally, to help people in recovery access support groups, Google is working with various non-profits to put together a list of online support group options, and options for virtual meetings are listed on the site.

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“We are committed to using our technologies to raise public awareness about addiction and recovery and are committed to making it easier for people to find help to battle addiction and stigma,” said Clifton. (IANS)

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Drug Companies Reach $215 Million Settlement to Avoid Trial over their Role in Deadly Opioid Addiction Crisis

The case has been viewed as a harbinger for similar lawsuits filed by more than 2,700 local and state governments across the country in hopes

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Summit county executive Ilene Shapiro speaks to the media outside the U.S. Federal courthouse, Oct. 21, 2019, in Cleveland. VOA

A major pharmaceutical company and three of the biggest drug distributors in the U.S. have reached a $260 million settlement with two counties in Ohio to avoid a trial over their role in the deadly opioid addiction crisis gripping America.

The deal, struck Monday, came just hours before the opening arguments in a court in Cleveland, Ohio. The case has been viewed as a harbinger for similar lawsuits filed by more than  2,700 local and state governments across the country in hopes of recouping damages from the crisis.

Drug distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen will pay $215 million in reparations. Israeli drug manufacturer Teva will pay $20 million in cash and also contribute $25 million worth of Suboxone, used to treat opioid addiction.

“People can’t lose sight of the fact that the counties got a very good deal for themselves, but we also set an important national benchmark for the others,” said Hunter Shkolnik, a lawyer for Cuyahoga County.

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The deal, struck Monday, came just hours before the opening arguments in a court in Cleveland, Ohio. Pixabay

Cuyahoga and Summit counties had brought the lawsuit that accused the four companies of fueling a nationwide opioid crisis.

According to U.S. government data, opioids have led to some 400,000 overdose deaths between 1997 and 2017.

Lawyers say the settlement will provide local governments with the finances needed to establish opioid-recovery programs.

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Attempts to reach a nationwide settlement broke down last week after cities and counties suing the drug companies rejected an offer of $48 billion in cash, treatment drugs and services. (VOA)

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Four Drug Companies Reach Legal Settlement over their Role in Opioid Addiction Epidemic

It was unclear if the fifth defendant, pharmacy chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, had reached a settlement

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FILE - State's attorney Brad Beckworth delivers an opening statements during the opioid trial at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Oklahoma, May 28, 2019. VOA

Four drug companies reached a last-minute legal settlement over their role in the opioid addiction epidemic, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

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Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp and Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd will announce the settlement on Monday. Pixabay

Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp and Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd will announce the settlement on Monday, according to the report.

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It was unclear if the fifth defendant, pharmacy chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, had reached a settlement with the two Ohio counties that were the plaintiffs in the trial set to begin Monday morning. (VOA)