Franklin County sues national drug makers over opioid crisis

https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/crime/article214841035.html

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Oxycontin Maker Quietly Worked to Weaken Legal Doctrine That Could Lead to Jail Time for Executives

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/23/purdue-pharma-oxycontin-opioid-crisis/

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Governor’s Results Washington Initiative: Housing and Homelessness

Data from the state on housing and homelessness.

Washington is #5 in homelessness behind Oregon, California, New York, Hawaii.

Data shows that the main cause of homelessness is housing supply, and though addiction is a problem it is not the main factor.

https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2018021201

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Evidence That Pain Pills Aren’t Causing An Epidemic

As Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, noted in a 2016 New England Journal of Medicine article, “addiction occurs in only a small percentage of persons who are exposed to opioids—even among those with preexisting vulnerabilities.” A 2010 review found that less than 1 percent of patients taking opioids for chronic pain experienced addiction. A 2012 review likewise concluded that “opioid analgesics for chronic pain conditions are not associated with a major risk for developing dependence.” Volkow found that “rates of carefully diagnosed addiction have averaged less than 8% in published studies.”

The risk of fatal overdose is even lower. A 2015 study that had followed pain patients treated with narcotics for up to 13 years found that one in 550 died from an opioid-related overdose, which is a risk of less than 0.2 percent. A study of opioid-related deaths in North Carolina found 478 fatalities among 2.2 million residents who were prescribed opioids in 2010, making the annual rate 0.022 percent.

http://reason.com/archives/2018/02/01/dont-blame-pain-pills-for-the

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