Top Drug Official Wants New Approach to Abuse Crisis

When a chemical spill left 300,000 West Virginians in need of clean drinking water and a public official they could trust, Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, was there. When the March of Dimes needed a voice to fight legislation that threatened to gut healthcare for pregnant women, Gupta was front and center. Dr Rahul Gupta, MD … Read more

Medications for Opioid Addiction Vastly Underutilized

Despite a record number of drug overdose deaths in the US and a large body of evidence supporting the efficacy of medications to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) these drugs remain vastly underutilized, new research shows. Based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), investigators found only one in four … Read more

Tourette Patients Vulnerable to Assault, Criminal Behavior

Patients with Tourette syndrome (TS) are more likely to be assaulted or to perpetrate a crime, new research shows. Results of a large study show that compared to the general population, patients with TS were twice as likely to be assaulted and three times more likely to commit a crime. However, study investigator David Mataix-Cols, … Read more

Will Physician Intent Matter in SCOTUS Pill Mill Cases?

Legal experts are divided on whether the US Supreme Court’s eventual decision on the cases of two physicians convicted for illegal opioid distribution will have precedent-setting implications for medicine. Attorneys for Xiulu Ruan, MD, and Shakeel Kahn, MD, both pain management specialists, argued — along with some medical organizations, business groups, and law professors, through … Read more

12 Physicians Sentenced in Illegal Opioid, Billing Fraud Scheme

Twelve physicians in Michigan and Ohio were to prison because of their involvement in distributing 6.6 million opioid pills, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The defendants’ activities also resulted in more than $250 million in false billings. “It is unconscionable that doctors and healthcare professionals would violate their oath to do no … Read more