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Hidden health crisis emerged during the COVID pandemic.

Hidden health crisis emerged during the COVID pandemic.

A new study indicates that the opioid crisis in the US is deepening. Opioid overdose 29% higher in 2020 than before the pandemic.

A year ago, the U.S. was in the grips of an epidemic — the scourge of opioid addiction, with more than 70,000 lives lost to drug overdoses in 2019, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The topic was at the center of public health, academic, and political debates. But it was soon overshadowed by a new threat — the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to latest research, the opioid epidemic did not disappear. Rather, it lurked in the shadows of the coronavirus pandemic, growing in strength and taking advantage of a society now more susceptible than ever. In a large cross-sectional study published in JAMA Psychiatry on Feb. 3 that analyzed nearly 190 million emergency department (ED) visits, researchers found significantly higher rates of visits to EDs for opioid overdoses during the months of March to October 2020 when compared against the same dates in 2019. The study found that, from mid-April onward, the weekly rates of ED visits for drug overdoses increased by up to 45% when compared against the same period in 2019.

Overall ED visits for opioid overdoses were up 28.8% year over year. While some survived these overdoses, many others were not so lucky. “The increase in overdose deaths is concerning,” said Deb Houry, M.D., M.P.H., director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention about the rising rates of overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC said in December that the rate of overdose deaths was accelerating during the pandemic, driven by synthetic opioids, which rose 38.4% during the year leading up to June 2020.

Opioid overdoses do not exist in a vacuum; rather, any force that threatens mental health leaves society more susceptible to the threat of addictions. For some, this force may be the fear of contracting COVID-19. For others, the stress of losing a job. And still others, the boredom of being trapped in your home with nothing to do.

“The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard,” said former CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield, in December.

“Social distancing has forced many 12 Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, to suspend their meetings. The need for an effective treatment for substance abuse has never been greater,” said Linville M. Meadows, M.D., a physician and author on addictions.

Nicholas Nissen, M.D., is a clinical fellow and resident physician in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an ABC News Medical Unit doctor.

To read full story click on the ABC News link below :
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/opioid-overdoses-29-higher-2020-pandemic-study/story?id=75785104AB

Who Is Actually to Blame for the Opioid Crisis?

Who Is Actually to Blame for the Opioid Crisis?

After a year-long investigation, which concluded just before the Coronavirus outbreak, 60 Minutes aired a 2-part episode, as part of their ongoing series, examining who is actually to blame for the opioid crisis. So, who IS actually to blame for the opioid crisis? In this compelling, June 21, 2020 episode, Correspondent Bill Whitaker and producer Sam Hornblower take a deeper look into one of the most devastating public health emergencies of the 21st century. In January 2020, for the first time ever, top drug company executives were sentenced to prison for their crimes associated with sales practices that contributed to the massive increase of opioid prescriptions being written and filled over the last two decades. A jury found five executives from Insys Therapeutics guilty for the reckless and illegal practices they used to boost profits from the opioid painkiller Subsys. Subsys is the brand name for Fentanyl, a fast-acting, powerfully addictive pharmaceutical opioid, which is 100 times stronger than morphine. A judge sentenced John Kapoor, the former CEO of Insys Therapeutics, a once billion-dollar company that is now bankrupt, to five and a half years in federal prison. A dozen doctors were also convicted of crimes connected with Insys Therapeutics.

In this 60 Minutes episode, Whitaker reported that in 2018 alone, 46,802 people in the U.S. died from an opioid overdose, with health care providers across the country writing prescriptions for opioids at a rate of over 50 prescriptions dispensed per 100 people.

The number of deaths has almost doubled since 2018’s numbers with now nearly 70,000 people in the U.S. dying each year from drug overdoses, mainly from opioids.

Purdue Pharma, The Maker of OxyContin, Will Plead Guilty to 3 Criminal Charges.

Purdue Pharma, The Maker of OxyContin, Will Plead Guilty to 3 Criminal Charges.

Justice Department officials announced on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 that Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, the powerful prescription opioid painkiller, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion. As reported by CBS News, “The company will plead guilty to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws, the officials said. The resolution will be detailed in a bankruptcy court filing in federal court.”

While OxyContin was fueling the opioid epidemic over the past decade, the Sakler family was busy withdrawing an estimated $10.4 billion from Purdue Pharma and its affiliated businesses. After financial analysis, it has been found that those billions of dollars had all been withdrawn since 2008, just one year after Purdue pleaded guilty for misleading doctors and patients about the highly addictive properties of OxyContin.

Special Forces: How Ibogaine is Helping Former Special Operations Soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD

Special Forces: How Ibogaine is Helping Former Special Operations Soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD

Maryland Lawmakers Consider Using Ibogaine To Treat Addiction

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland law could soon be lighting a path toward addiction recovery.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would open opportunities to study ibogaine, a drug that interrupts opioid addictions.

Right now, addicts can only find ibogaine treatments in Mexico and Canada, but researchers believe it could solve a crisis right here in Maryland.

Not a cure for heroin addiction, but a breakthrough weapon in the national battle against it.

Maryland legislators are weighing a bill that would open the door for a four-year study of ibogaine as a treatment for drug abusers.

“Ibogaine is very effective in blocking the signs and symptoms of opiate withdrawal,” said ibogaine researcher Dr. Deborah Mash. “It diminishes drug craving and improves mood.”

Testifying at a committee hearing Tuesday, Dr. Mash — the leading expert on ibogaine — told legislators the psychedelic, natural drug re-wires the brain and interrupts the cycle of addiction.

In Maryland, heroin abuse has reached crisis levels. More than 2,000 people lost their lives to overdose in 2016 alone.

It’s the leading cause of death of young people nationwide.

“I don’t think we in Maryland need to stand by and allow our citizens to continue to potentially suffer when there may be a cure near at hand,” said Maryland Delegate Terri Hill.

If signed into law, Maryland would be the leader in fast-tracking ibogaine, which has been used in other countries but banned in the U.S. for years.

This would possibly help the state get a grip on a crisis that’s killing thousands.

“Ibogaine offers people a true transition to sobriety. We need this. We need it today. We need to make a change and to help millions of people who are suffering,” Dr. Mash said.

Several other states have introduced similar bills, but sponsors are hoping traction in Maryland could lead the way for other states.

If passed, the state would select one or more medical centers to participate in the program.

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