The image of shaking babies in hospital nurseries, withdrawing from opioids used by their mother, is referenced in many of the lawsuits against drug companies, aimed at punishing them for contributing to the opioid crisis. But there are growing concerns that those same newborns name-dropped in litigation will be left out of the settlements being […]
Listen / A federal judge has temporarily shuttered a pair of problem pharmacies on the Cumberland Plateau. The legal action is “a first of its kind action” by the Justice Department in a crackdown on prescription opioids.
Listen / People who overdose on opioids in Tennessee could now be met in the emergency room by someone who has been there. The so-called “recovery navigators” were part of the state’s sweeping response to the opioid epidemic, authorized by the legislature last year.
A report from Human Rights Watch accuses Tennessee of regulating opioids to the point of depriving patients in pain. Along with Washington State, the analysis focuses on Tennessee because of its new prescribing regulations, which are considered some of the strictest in the nation.
Listen / Physicians who seem to be over-prescribing painkillers or working with addicted patients may now get a tap on the shoulder from a Nashville startup working on behalf of insurors. The company uses sophisticated algorithms to identify problem patients and providers. But since this is such a delicate issue with doctors, they’ve hired a […]
Listen / A panel of doctors met for the first time last week with a single mandate: Decide how to punish physicians who prescribe too many opioids.
Listen / Fentanyl has quickly surged to become a leading killer drug in Tennessee, spiking 70 percent between 2016 and 2017. That’s according to new overdose statistics put out by the Health Department this week. Public health officials are redoubling their warnings.
Listen / Last year set another record for overdose deaths in Tennessee. The state’s health department released the latest figures Monday that showed 1,776 fatal overdoses in 2017.
Listen / A small slice of the money Tennessee dedicated to the opioid crisis this year is going to a social network developed by a Nashville startup. It’s an app designed for people in recovery.
Listen / Tennessee’s pain doctors are being inundated with calls from patients needing a specialist to prescribe opioids. The combined impact of a new state law and closure of a dozen pain clinics has created a pinch for pain patients.