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# opioids

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September 2023
Pilot scheme will see people at risk of opioid overdose given relief medication they can take at home
Naloxone temporarily reverses the effects of opioids, allowing a person to get medical help.
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Pharma giant Purdue files for bankruptcy in bid to settle US opioid crisis cases
The cases against Purdue seek to address the costs of millions of Americans sinking into addiction.
Pharma company that makes painkiller Oxycontin to offer over $10 billion to settle claims in US
Purdue Pharma said it “sees little good coming from years of wasteful litigation”.
The rise of opiates: How Ireland's 'broken' health service is behind a surge in prescription painkillers
The use of powerful painkillers has gradually risen in recent years.
One in every five young adult deaths in the US is related to opioids
The study found that the percentage of deaths attributed to opioids in the US increased by 292% from 2001 to 2016.
Americans urged to carry overdose antidote in effort to tackle drug deaths
The US’s chief doctor has issued his office’s first national public health advisory in 13 years.
Singer Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner says
The 66-year-old passed away on 3 October 2017.
Two million people are addicted to opioid drugs in US, with 90 dying every day
Many people buy pills illegally when their prescriptions run out.
There's been a surge in the number of US babies born with heroin withdrawal symptoms
The problem is particularly bad in rural areas.
New painkiller is as powerful as morphine - but without the dangerous side-effects
The synthetic drug, PZM21, also does not produce addiction.
Prince died from an overdose, says law-enforcement official
The official has spoken anonymously to the Associated Press.