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This Week In Recovery: March 22, 2019

by Landmark Recovery

March 22, 2019
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Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories and developments in the recovery industry.


Former DEA Official Now Working For Purdue Pharma – NBC News

The former acting assistant administrator of the DEA, Demetra Ashley is now being paid to advise Purdue Pharma, one of the largest opioid manufacturers in the country and the company behind OxyContin. Demetra left the DEA last spring and started a consulting firm. During her time in the DEA, Ashley spoke about the need to create a “robust regulatory program” to curb the influence of prescription drugs.

Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Doubling Every Year In U.S. – Los Angeles Times

A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows just how devastating the synthetic opioid fentanyl has been in the United States. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and the death rates attributed to the drug are growing exponentially. It’s now killing tens of thousands of Americans every year.


Opioid Prescriptions Linked to Long-Term Use After Plastic Surgery – Reuters

A study that examined over 466,000 plastic surgery patients found that almost 55 percent of patients received painkiller prescriptions following their operation, 92 percent of which were opioids. Patients who filled this prescription shortly after surgery were about three times as likely as those who didn’t to still be using opioids up to a year later. Similarly, more than 10,000 patients remained on these drugs longer than a year.


U.S. Drug Czar Says Border Wall Will Reduce Drug Trafficking – Associated Press

President Donald Trump’s drug czar Jim Carroll said that the border wall that Trump has promised would help to save American lives by curtailing the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. “So that wall will undoubtedly stop the flow of drugs in those locations, force people to the ports of entry, where there’s more law enforcement located,” Carroll said.


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