Report: Toddler overdosed, had oxycodone in bloodstream – Youngstown Vindicator

Published: Thu, October 12, 2017 @ 12:02 a.m.

By Jordyn Grzelewski

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Emergency medical workers reported that a toddler who was treated at a fire station suffered a drug overdose.

Township police are investigating the incident reported Tuesday.

Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said a firefighter at the station on Shields Road saw a vehicle sitting at the traffic light in front of the station about 5 (more…)

Cigna to stop covering most OxyContin prescriptions – CNN

“Our focus is on helping customers get the most value from their medications — this means obtaining effective pain relief while also guarding against opioid misuse,” Cigna Chief Pharmacy Officer Jon Maesner said in a statement Wednesday.

OxyContin is a brand name for an extended-release version of oxycodone, a commonly prescribed opioid painkiller.

Last year, Cigna set a goal of reducing its customers’ (more…)

Health insurance company stops covering OxyContin –

Health insurance company Cigna will no longer cover the painkiller drug OxyContin starting in 2018. This comes after the growing opioid addiction problem in the United States. Each year 15,000 people die from painkiller overdoses and 1,000 of those deaths are related to OxyContin.

We spoke with half a dozen pharmacists and addiction specialists who say they are happy to see steps (more…)