Deaths from certain kinds of opioids are higher in rural communities than in urban ones, and now there are more federally-backed programs, tools and funding sources to help rural communities respond to the crisis. The rates of overdose deaths from natural opioids such as morphine and codeine and semi-synthetic opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone as well as the illegal drug heroin are 4.9 percent in rural areas, compared

With hundreds of fatal opioid overdoses occurring each week across the nation, government health leaders are urging companies and individuals to keep naloxone on hand and learn how to use it in the event a colleague should have an overdose while on the job. There were 217 overdose deaths at work in 2016, which accounted for 4.2% of occupational injury deaths that year, which was more than double the

Written by: J. Brent Allen, Esq.  Doctors, nurses, phlebotomists and other health care workers on the frontline of saving lives and treating illnesses and injuries face a new threat in the workplace: illicit fentanyl and derivative drugs of unknown provenance. These illicit drugs pose a potential health hazard to health care workers who may come into contact with unknown substances in the course of doing their jobs. Fentanly and other

As more opioid cases are going to trial across the country, a $2.2 million jury verdict in favor of a Philadelphia plaintiff establishes noteworthy precedent in excessive prescription claims. Plaintiff Yvonne Rivera alleged that her pain management physician, Dr. Jeffrey Bado, treated her with “excessively high” doses of the powerful opioid painkiller Fentanyl to treat recurring foot pain starting in 2010. The high doses continued even after the patient sometimes

The Department of Justice explicitly designated 12 federal prosecutors across the country as part of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Units.  These Units are assigned to areas where the most opioid drug-related deaths have occurred: California, Nevada, Alabama, Central Florida, East Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Maryland.

Written by: Jodi Barrett, Esq. & Kate Watson, Esq. OVERVIEW1) To combat the national opioid epidemic, in March 2018, the Florida Legislature passed laws creating new limits on prescriptions for pain medication. These restrictions do not apply to patients suffering pain from: Cancer; Terminal illness; Provision of relief for symptoms related to an incurable, progressive illness or injury (chronic nonmalignant pain); Palliative care; or Serious traumatic injuries. The law (Section 456.44(3)(d), F.S.) specifies

By Daniel R. Crumby, Esq., MBA, MHA, CHC1) The Department of Justice explicitly designated 12 federal prosecutors across the country as part of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Units. These Units are assigned to areas where the most opioid drug-related deaths have occurred: California, Nevada, Alabama, Central Florida, East Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Maryland. Members of these Units also includes numerous federal, state,

Written by: Ryan Donihue, Esq. Beginning in 2016 and continuing to date, mainstream media has brought the ever present and alarming increasing rate of dependence on opioids to the forefront of our daily lives. Surprisingly, the media’s attention toward the nation’s “Opioid Epidemic” has been largely silent and unreported as to three of the most medically complicated and challenging groups of patients’ whom healthcare providers examine, diagnose and treat on

Written by: Jill Bechtold, Esq; Jacquelyn S. Clarke, Esq.; John E. Hall, Jr., Esq.; Stephanie R. McDonald, Esq; Jacob Raehn, Esq.; and Annalese Reese, Esq. Introduction The opioid epidemic in the United States rages on, and the legal battles are just beginning to heat up. Individuals and state governments are bringing claims against manufacturers, distributors, large drugstore chains, and individual prescribers. At least twenty-five states, cities and counties have filed opioid-related actions in the past year,