Chronic pain

FILE - This Aug. 29, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of prescription oxycodone pills in New York. U.S. health officials are again warning doctors against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instead urged doctors Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, to share such decisions with patients. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 10, 2019 - 12:19 pm
U.S. health officials again warned doctors Thursday against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instead urged doctors to share such decisions with patients. The agency published steps for doctors in a six...
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This undated photo provided by the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority shows Dr. Joel Smithers. Smithers is facing the possibility of life in prison after being convicted in May of more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing drugs, including oxycodone and oxymorphone that caused the death of a West Virginia woman. When he is sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 the best Smithers can hope for is a mandatory minimum of 20 years.Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority) .
September 28, 2019 - 9:37 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in two years. Patients from five states drove hundreds of miles to see him,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2008, a small child walks toward the front door of the Public Health Service Indian Hospital on the Standing Rock Reservation in Fort Yates. N.D. A federal audit released Monday, July 22, 2019, finds that government hospitals placed Native Americans at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses. The audit says a handful of Indian Health Service hospitals, including the Fort Yates Hospital, failed to follow the agency’s protocols for dispensing and prescribing the drug. The Indian Health Service agreed with the more than a dozen recommendations and says changes are in the works. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid, File)
July 22, 2019 - 12:08 am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Government hospitals placed Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing the drugs, according to a federal audit released Monday. The report by the U.S. Department of Health...
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks to the media at a news conference following closing arguments in Oklahoma's ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson Monday, July 15, 2019, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
July 15, 2019 - 6:45 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general argued Monday during the close of his case against the opioid drug manufacturer. Mike Hunter said the...
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks to the media at a news conference following closing arguments in Oklahoma's ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson Monday, July 15, 2019, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
July 15, 2019 - 5:26 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general argued Monday during the close of his case against the opioid drug manufacturer. Mike Hunter said the...
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks to the media at a news conference following closing arguments in Oklahoma's ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson Monday, July 15, 2019, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
July 15, 2019 - 4:27 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general argued Monday during the close of his case against the opioid drug manufacturer. Hunter said the New...
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Judge Thad Balkman listens to a defense attorney during the last day of testimony in Oklahoma's ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson Friday, July 12, 2019, in Norman, Okla. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
July 15, 2019 - 12:30 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general argued Monday during the close of his case against the opioid drug manufacturer. Attorneys for the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who lost loved ones to opioid overdoses protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, maker of the maker of painkiller OxyContin, in Stamford, Conn. The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it will discontinue two publications on opioid painkiller prescribing, in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines - viewed around the world as best practices in public health - comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark and Hal Rogers accused the WHO of being influenced by Purdue. The lawmakers’ report claimed the guidelines were crafted by organizations with financial ties to the company, who worked to downplay risks addiction and overstate the benefits of opioids. Purdue has denied the allegations. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
June 19, 2019 - 11:24 pm
The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines comes a month after U.S. Reps...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who lost loved ones to opioid overdoses protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, maker of the maker of painkiller OxyContin, in Stamford, Conn. The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it will discontinue two publications on opioid painkiller prescribing, in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines - viewed around the world as best practices in public health - comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark and Hal Rogers accused the WHO of being influenced by Purdue. The lawmakers’ report claimed the guidelines were crafted by organizations with financial ties to the company, who worked to downplay risks addiction and overstate the benefits of opioids. Purdue has denied the allegations. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
June 19, 2019 - 10:17 pm
The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines comes a month after U.S. Reps...
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FILE - This Aug. 29, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of prescription oxycodone pills in New York. U.S. health officials Tuesday, April 9. 2019, warned doctors not to abruptly stop prescribing opioid painkillers to patients who are taking them for chronic pain ailments, such as backaches. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
April 09, 2019 - 7:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials Tuesday warned doctors not to abruptly stop prescribing opioid painkillers to patients who are taking them for chronic pain ailments, such as backaches. The Food and Drug Administration said it will add advice to labels on how to taper opioid painkillers,...
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