Native Americans, among the most harmed by the opioid epidemic, are often left out of conversation 

Deaths rose by more than 500 percent among Native Americans and native Alaskans.

Native Americans, among the most harmed by the opioid epidemic, are often left out of conversation – The Washington Post

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Drug company founder John Kapoor arrested for alleged opioid scheme 

Federal agents arrested the founder of a major drug company in an early-morning raid Thursday on charges stemming from an alleged scheme to get doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid to patients who don’t need it.

Drug company founder John Kapoor arrested for alleged opioid scheme – CBS News

Note to lawmakers: Stopping the opioid crisis isn’t about education and it certainly isn’t about doubling down on addiction treatments with high rates of recidivism. If you want to stop something, go after the source of the problem.

Substance Abuse Costing New Hampshire Over $2B 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A nonprofit advocacy group says its latest report on the effects of alcohol and drugs on New Hampshire’s economy confirms how the lack of workforce in the substance misuse field has contributed to a public health crisis.

…New Hampshire has one of the highest per capita death rates due to drug overdoses in the nation, with nearly 500 people dying from an overdose last year. The report estimates more than 30,000 people in New Hampshire over the age of 15 abused drugs in 2014. 

Report: Substance Abuse Costing New Hampshire Over $2B | New Hampshire News | US News

Considering the fact that this happen on the former governor’s watch, and that she not only willfully passed up multiple opportunities to shift gears from a prosecutorial to a treatment oriented approach to opioid abuse but chose again and again to obstruct anyone suffering from chronic pain from having any other treatment options than the highly addictive opioid prescriptions that serves as the highway to opioid addiction, well…

…Maggie Hassan needs to sit down and shut the hell up.

Cherokee Nation Sues Walmart, Drug Companies Over Opioids 

The Cherokee Nation filed suit against CVS, Walmart and others on April 20 declaring an “opioid epidemic of unprecedented proportions’ in Indian country.

…By ignoring red flags and refusing to monitor the supply chain, contributing to what is known as “drug diversion,” the suit alleges that the effects of opioid addiction has had a devastating human toll on the tribe’s citizens and crushing impact on its resources.

Cherokee Nation Sues Walmart, Drug Companies Over Opioids – Indian Country Media Network

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Shaheen: Money to Fight Opioid Epidemic Coming to N.H. 

Money that Congress approved last year to help states combat the opioid epidemic is headed to New Hampshire. 

Shaheen has been urging President Donald Trump’s administration to revise the formula used to allocate the funding so it prioritizes states like New Hampshire that are hardest hit by the crisis. She says she’s pleased officials have indicated that they will review the formula ahead of distribution next year.

Shaheen: Money to Fight Opioid Epidemic Coming to N.H. | New Hampshire Public Radio

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