— and suing them. You can expect more lawsuits against opioid companies in 2017

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Williamson has some of West Virginia’s highest rates of obesity, disability, and arthritis — in a state that already ranks among the worst in those categories. An adult in Williamson has twice the chance of dying from an injury as the average American. This is why the opioid crisis is so hard to handle, here and in so many communities: The underlying drugs are often being prescribed for real reasons

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All it took was one paragraph. In 1980, a pair of doctors published a brief letter in the New England Journal of Medicine. Spanning a total of five sentences, the letter claimed, with little substantial evidence, that the development of addiction was very rare in hospitalized patients who briefly received opioids and had no prior history of addiction

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You can add Ohio to the list of state and local governments that are filing lawsuits against drug makers for spreading the opioid epidemic by allegedly downplaying risks and improperly encouraging prescribing of the addictive painkillers

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Listen now as our Travis Rieder joins the APA’s Medical Mind podcast to describe his experience of opioid withdrawal after a serious accident and outline a bioethical framework for opioid prescribing

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Research suggests some are seeking out painkillers when what they really need is Prozac

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Our Travis Rieder shares his harrowing experience with opioid withdrawal and his difficulties in finding a clinician to help him safely navigate the process

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Can virtual reality really soothe pain? Jo Marchant meets the doctors who say yes, and who hope this is a solution for the country consuming 80 per cent of the world’s opioid supply: the United States of America

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