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The U.S. attorney in Philadelphia and a high-powered nonprofit called Safehouse are embroiled in a legal battle over the organization's plans to open a supervised drug injection site. In response to the federal effort to block the center, Safehouse argued in court papers that it would not be providing illicit drugs to its clients but instead would provide sterile equipment, counseling, and access to medical care. The opioid epidemic causes more than 1,000 deaths in Philadelphia per year, nearly four times the state’s homicide rate.
Recognized as one of the leading U.S. experts on pain treatment and a “key opinion leader,’’ Dr. Russell Portenoy has recently agreed to testify against the pharmaceutical industry in lawsuits brought by local governments. Portenoy, an early advocate for opioids like OxyContin, has switched sides and says that drug manufacturers helped create the opioid crisis by not acknowledging the risks of abuse.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills' administration has announced a plan to place the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone in "NaloxBoxes" around the state. The Portland Press Herald reports the boxes will be placed in public buildings, often near automated external defibrillator devices used to revive people in cardiac arrest.
Suboxone Makers Face Federal Lawsuits in Virginia - Washington Post
Federal prosecutors in Virginia filed fraud charges Tuesday against Indivior, which makes Suboxone. Prosecutors said Indivior intentionally lied to doctors and others by promoting the strips as a safer alternative, just as pills containing less-expensive generic versions of the key ingredient, buprenorphine, were set to become available.
Dwayne Wade Honored, Mother’s Story of Addiction Told in New Commercial - Washington Post
A four minute ad from Budweiser honors the off-court legacy of basketball star Dwayne Wade. Among other stories from fans and friends recounting Wade’s kindness, the Miami Heat star also has a touching conversation with his mother, Jolinda Wade, about her own struggles with addiction. “I never gave up on her. Never blamed her,” Wade said. “Because that was her life, her journey, her path. Without that path, I’m not who I am today.”
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