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Senator, Concerned About Pharma’s Influence, Asks HHS To Delay Opioid Workshop

KHN Morning Briefing

The workshop, hosted by the Food and Drug Administration, is designed to review the ways that physicians can treat pain and safely prescribe opioids. But Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is concerned that the preliminary list of groups that are scheduled to participate in the workshop have ties to drugmakers. Meanwhile, states are being overwhelmed by the increased popularity of fentanyl.

‘Gray Death’ Is A Particularly Lethal Opioid Mixture That’s Infiltrating Street Drug Market

KHN Morning Briefing

“Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” says Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In other news, a sales representative for an opioid maker talks about his secret addition. And highway safety officials say that drug-impaired driving is a growing problem.

Lawmakers Make Plea To WHO To Do Everything In Its Power To Prevent Global Opioid Crisis

KHN Morning Briefing

“The greed and recklessness of one company and its partners helped spark a public health crisis in the United States that will take generations to fully repair,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the organization. “Please learn from our experience and do not allow Mundipharma to carry on Purdue’s deadly legacy on a global stage.”

Florida Congresswoman Proposes Grants For Treating Police With Post-Traumatic Shock

KHN Morning Briefing

Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) wants local police departments to get federal money for peer-to-peer counseling and other mental health aid for officers with PTSD. Elsewhere, New Hampshire Public Radio examines data on police shootings and finds they often involve people who are severely mentally ill.