Counterfeit Percocet pills containing Fentanyl sold locally
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Counterfeit Percocet pills containing Fentanyl sold locally

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (News 4-Fox 11) — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn the public on counterfeit Percocet pills being sold locally. Percocet is a prescription drug used for severe pain and contains acetaminophen and oxycodone. However, deputies have learned that the counterfeit pills contain a lethal dose of Fentanyl. According to officials, Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opioid analgesic that is 100 times more potent than morphine. The pills are being sold on the streets and are being called beans, biscuits, treats, blues and thirties. “I urge…

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Three more US states announce lawsuits against Purdue
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Three more US states announce lawsuits against Purdue

A total of 48 US states are accusing Purdue Pharma of helping to contribute to an opioid health crisis in the US. The narcotic OxyContin is a prescription drug which helps to relieve pain in adults. California, Hawaii and Maine are the newest states to file lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company. The allegations charge the pharmaceutical company of understating the risks of addiction to the drug while exaggerating the advantages. There are currently more than 72,000 deaths from overdosing a year in the US with 49,000 of them caused by opioids. The accusers claim…

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The history of OxyContin, told through unsealed Purdue documents
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The history of OxyContin, told through unsealed Purdue documents

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — STAT’s multiyear legal battle to unseal secret Purdue Pharma files in a Kentucky court has produced dozens of documents that lay bare new details about the company’s marketing strategy and the role of Dr. Richard Sackler, a member of the family that founded and controls Purdue, in making OxyContin a top-selling pain pill. Starting in the early 1990s, the internal emails and other documents describe Purdue’s preparation for the opioid’s launch in 1996, its plans for targeting OxyContin to non-cancer patients with chronic pain, and how the company aggressively…

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Opioid misuse greatly increases chance of major depressive episode among teen girls
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Opioid misuse greatly increases chance of major depressive episode among teen girls

New research by Keith Chan of UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare shows that among girls ages 12-17, the misuse of opioids greatly increases the chance of having a major depressive episode. Prescription opioids may include oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl. “Adolescent females were at a higher risk for poor mental health outcomes compared to adolescent males, and opioid misuse further heightened this risk,” reported Chan in an article published earlier this month in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. “Social workers in collaboration with other professionals can play a central role…

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