Tag Archives: Opioid

Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Rates Rising: Opioid Abuse and Psychiatric Illness Play a Role

Pregnancy-associated mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the termination of pregnancy, is increasing in Massachusetts.  In 2012, there were 30.4 deaths/100,000 live births. In 2014, the rate increased by 33%, to 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Because pregnancy-associated mortality rates have historically been relatively low… Read More »

FDA declines to approve Mallinckrodt's abuse-deterrent opioid painkiller

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve an abuse-deterrent version of Mallinckrodt Plc’s opioid painkiller Roxicodone, saying some parts of the company’s application need further evaluation. The treatment is a reformulated version of the company’s commonly abused painkiller Roxicodone, intended to make the drug less desirable and more difficult to… Read More »

Viewpoints: Forget The Tough Love Policy During Opioid Epidemic And Really Help Sufferers; Think Climate Change Won’t Make Us Sick? Think Again.

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care topics and others. The Washington Post: The Incredibly Unpopular Idea That Could Stem Opioid Deaths  Prescription heroin? Remember, I said you might not like the solution. I don’t like it, either — and frankly, neither do the drug policy researchers who told me it may be necessary.… Read More »