An Urgent Letter on the Opioid Epidemic

(DGIwire) – About half of opioid overdose deaths involve prescription drugs, reports The New York Times. With this fact in mind, the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, sent an unusually direct plea in August 2016 to 2.3 million doctors and other healthcare workers to help fight the opioid epidemic by treating […]

U.S. Raises Cap on Number of People Who Can Receive Buprenorphine

(DGIwire) – For those with opioid addiction, a key component to medication-assisted treatment is prescription buprenorphine. However, until mid-2016, there was a strict cap in place: qualified U.S. doctors were allowed to treat up to 100 patients per year with the drug. Now that cap has been loosened: in July 2016, in an effort to […]

The Quiet Epidemic of Senior Drug Abuse

(DGIwire) — When we think about drug addiction, seniors are certainly not the first age group that comes to mind. But here’s the reality: one quarter of the prescription drugs sold in the United States are used by the elderly, often for problems such as chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety, according to According to […]