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The first drug for opioid withdrawal has gotten the green light — and it targets risky symptoms that others ignore

Lofexidine, sold under the brand name Lucemyra, is the first drug of its kind to target the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal, which can trigger a cycle of use, addiction, and overdose.

There’s a science-backed treatment for drug addiction that works — but it’s nearly impossible to get

The death toll from the opioids epidemic continues to soar, but experts say we already have an evidence-backed solution: medication-assisted treatment.
A pharmacist holds prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D. at a local pharmacy in Provo

Prescriptions of the drugs that fueled the overdose crisis are dropping around the US

Opioid prescriptions fell about 12% between 2016 and 2017, according to new data from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science.
Cigna CEO David Cordani

One of America’s largest health insurers has cut its opioid prescriptions by 25%

Cigna has cut its opioid use among members by 25% since 2016, a year earlier than expected, as part of its efforts to curb the opioid crisis.

WE’VE GOT A DEAL: Congress just released a massive $1.3 trillion plan to avoid a government shutdown

The $1.3 trillion omnibus bill will include funding to combat the opioid crisis, increase border security, protect voting systems, and build new infrastructure.
President Donald Trump

Trump will reportedly unveil a plan to combat the opioid crisis that includes the death penalty for drug dealers

President Donald Trump will roll out a plan to combat the opioid crisis that includes the death penalty for some drug dealers according to a new report.
First Lady Melania Trump

Melania Trump gave a rare public speech in which she spoke out about gun violence

First Lady Melania Trump gave a rare public speech on Monday in which she praised the student survivors of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting.

Trump reportedly told friends he wanted to execute every drug dealer in America

Several White House sources told the news website Axios that President Donald Trump wanted drug dealers to fear for their lives.
Huntington fire chief Jan Rader in Elaine McMillon Sheldon's Netflix documentary "Heroin(e)."

The Oscar-nominated director of Netflix’s ‘Heroin(e)’ talks about exploring a side of the opioid epidemic that the media ignores

Elaine McMillon Sheldon's Oscar-nominated documentary "Heroin(e)" follows three women fighting the opioid epidemic in the town of Huntington, West Virginia.
Donald Trump and Barack Obama

Trump administration says it’s ‘concerned’ about opioid crisis that ‘exploded’ under Obamacare

President Donald Trump's Council of Economic Advisers noted in a post Wednesday that the opioid crisis and Obamacare implementation occurred that the same time.