Big effort to reduce deadly overdoses: Fentanyl Receiving Special Attention

Big effort to reduce deadly overdoses: Fentanyl Receiving Special Attention

By Keri Brenner kbrenner@marinij.com More than 250 Marin County activists, health officials, addiction counselors and people in recovery have joined forces to reduce the number of drug overdose deaths next year, particularly deaths involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl. “Our first step is stop the bleed, to flatten the curve,” Dr. Matt Willis, the county’s public…

Fentanyl Vaccine Potential ‘Game Changer’ for Opioid Epidemic 

Fentanyl Vaccine Potential ‘Game Changer’ for Opioid Epidemic 

Study Suggests New Vaccine Could Prevent Deadly Opioid from Entering the Brain By Laurie Fickman 713-743-8454 November 14, 2022 A research team led by the University of Houston has developed a vaccine targeting the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl that could block its ability to enter the brain, thus eliminating the drug’s “high.” The breakthrough discovery could have…

California AG Rob Bonta announces settlement with Walmart over opioid crisis

California AG Rob Bonta announces settlement with Walmart over opioid crisis

KCRA Staff California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced on Tuesday a multi-state proposed settlement with Walmart to resolve allegations that the company helped fuel the opioid crisis by failing to oversee its pharmacies. California is expected to get about $265 million of the $3.1 billion settlement. The majority of the money will be used to…

CVS, Walmart, Walgreens agree to pay $13.8 bln to settle U.S. opioid claims
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CVS, Walmart, Walgreens agree to pay $13.8 bln to settle U.S. opioid claims

Nov 2 (Reuters) – CVS Health Corp, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Walmart Inc agreed to pay about $13.8 billion to resolve thousands of U.S. state and local lawsuits accusing the pharmacy chains of mishandling opioid pain drugs, potentially bringing years of litigation close to the finish line. CVS said on Wednesday it had agreed…

Marin health officials, schools take on fentanyl abuse prevention
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Marin health officials, schools take on fentanyl abuse prevention

By KERI BRENNER | kbrenner@marinij.com | Marin Independent Journal Marin County health leaders and educators are launching a countywide effort to curb the threat of fentanyl, an increasingly omnipresent drug that has taken a deadly toll in Marin, the county’s top health official said this week. The county’s public health department has joined with the Marin County Office of…