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The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies’ blog profiles efforts to address the growing problem of consumer access to illegitimate pharmaceutical products on the Internet from the perspective of CSIP staff and board members and partners. It is updated on a a regular basis with new information and breaking news stories so be sure to check back often.

Aug142019

First National Study on Opioid Addiction Recovery Released

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Each day over 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Programs and services that address both opioid prevention and opioid recovery are essential at the local, state, and federal levels. While research to date has focused on opioid prevalence and risk, there have been few studies on recovery practices. Individuals recovering from opioid addiction are in need of extensive services that address social, emotional, and physical barriers and challenges. A new study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine looked for the first time at the prevalence numbers for opioid recovery and found that “1.18 million American adults have resolved a primary opioid use problem.” Read More

Jul312019

Opioid Use and Social Determinants of Health

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According to a 2017 article in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, “the 16 percent of the population that has a mental health disorder receive over half of all opioids prescribed in the US.” Now layer on top of that the impact of social determinants of health, and we find many individuals facing extreme emotional, physical, financial, social, and other challenges. Social determinants of health are the conditions that people are born into, live, work, and play in, and that impact their quality of life. The US Department of Health and Human Services’ HealthyPeople2020 initiative frames the evidence and recommendations around social determinants of health on five areas: economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment. Each of these areas impacts risk for opioid use/abuse. Read More

Jul222019

Washington Post Publishes DEA Data Tracking Pain Pill Sales

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A new dataset with information from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on the sale of pain pills in the US, is now publicly available through the website of the Washington Post (the Post). An article published on July 21 documents how a recent court order allowed for the release of the data for the first time. The tracking includes shipments by manufacturers and distributors, as well as pharmacy sales. Analyzing and visualizing this data can help further understanding of the opioid epidemic and the areas in most need of help and support. Read More