Medicare Going In ‘Right Direction’ On Opioid Epidemic

Prescriptions for two drugs used to treat opioid addiction increased significantly from 2016 to 2018 for people on Medicare, according to a federal report out Wednesday. About 174,000 Medicare beneficiaries received such a medication – either buprenorphine or naltrexone – to help them with recovery in 2018, according to the Office of Inspector General in the Department … Read more

8 WISCONSIN TEENS HOSPITALIZED WITH SEVERE LUNG DAMAGE DUE TO VAPING, DOCTORS SUSPECT

Eight teens were hospitalized in July with seriously damaged lungs in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services reported Thursday. “We suspect that these injuries were caused by vaping,” said Dr. Michael Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where the teens were admitted, at a press conference. Their symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue, … Read more

Netflix to cut back on smoking after ‘Stranger Things’ criticism

(CNN)Netflix has promised to curb depictions of smoking in new programs following a report that pointed a finger at its hit series “Stranger Things,” whose first two seasons featured tobacco in every episode. “Going forward, all new projects that we commission with ratings of TV-14 or below for series or PG-13 or below for films, … Read more

What new opioid laws mean for pain relief

Overdoses of powerful painkillers called opioids kill more than 115 people per day in the United States. More than 42,000 people died from opioids in 2016, five times more than in 1999. The reason? Since several of these powerful painkillers became available in pill form several decades ago, doctors have been prescribing more than patients … Read more

One in Five Americans Gets Hurt By Someone Else’s Drinking Every Year

The negative effects of secondhand smoke are well-documented-the CDC estimates that tens of thousands of nonsmokers die every year in the U.S. due to exposure to someone else’s cigarette habit. But a new study out Monday suggests that the secondhand effects of alcohol consumption are another source of serious harm, with one in five Americans hurt by … Read more

‘Secret Shopper’ Study Shows How Easily Teens Can Buy E-Cigs

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite federal and state age restrictions on the sale of tobacco and vaping products, a new “secret shopper” study found that IDs were checked only about half the time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires tobacco retailers to check an ID for anyone appearing to be under … Read more