News2019-02-27T13:40:15-05:00

Your Guide To The Massive (And Massively Complex) Opioid Litigation

 

Make no mistake: The legal fight over liability for the U.S. opioid crisis is only heating up.

An 11th-hour settlement Monday morning averted what would have been the first trial in a landmark federal case, one involving thousands of plaintiffs at nearly every level of government and defendants from every link in the chain of opioid drug production. But all the other lawsuits in the broader case remain on track for courtroom confrontations.

And with the costs of the crisis estimated at tens of billions of dollars and with more than 200,000 overdose deaths since the late 1990s, the stakes are immense — even for people who have never heard of this case. What happens with it will largely determine how much money cities and counties nationwide will have to fight the devastating effects of opioid abuse and when they’ll get it.

But the litigation is also intensely complicated. So let’s begin with the basics.

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By |December 16th, 2019|

2019 Annual Conference of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs

JLAP’s Executive Director and Clinical Staff attended the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) annual conference in April 2019.  The FSPHP coordinates effective detection, evaluation, treatment, and monitoring of physicians at risk for or experiencing stress, burnout out, mental illness, substance use disorders, physical illness, and other potentially impairing conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured Above: Lela Brown, Jennifer Gros (JLAP’s Clinical Director), Barry Lubin, M.D. and Jessica Duplantis (JLAP’s Clinical Case Manager).

By |December 16th, 2019|

Researchers investigate why certain brains are more vulnerable to addiction

Can brain science help identify people who may be predisposed to opioid addiction? Researchers say a weak prefrontal cortex makes people more vulnerable to abusing drugs.

A new USC study examines how to identify the people most at risk of opioid addiction and how to best treat those already addicted.

In a report published Tuesday, researchers in neuroscience, addiction and behavioral health laid out the latest research into what makes individuals vulnerable to substance abuse and dependency, along with new discoveries that may hold the key for successful prevention and treatment for those addicted to opioids and other drugs.

The authors noted that, although the use of psychoactive drugs has occurred in almost every society in human history, fatalities from the more recent wave of opioid use are unprecedented. More Americans are dying from overdoses than from car accidents.

Their study, published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, makes the case that understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying drug-seeking behaviors is critical, as is finding evidence-based prevention […]

By |December 5th, 2019|

The Louisiana Supreme Court Amends Rule XIX to Specify JLAP

On November 21, 2019, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order amending Rule XIX, Section 24E3 to specify that in lawyer disciplinary matters JLAP is the path through which respondents must pass to be reinstated or readmitted in cases wherein substance use disorders are a causative factor in misconduct.

The amendment reflects recommendations made by the national experts in the 2015 JLAP Performance Audit. It is also a straightforward codification of thirty years of Louisiana Supreme Court jurisprudence endorsing JLAP, beginning with the watershed case Louisiana State Bar Association vs. Arthur F. Dumaine, 550 So.2d 1197 (La. 1989) wherein the Court ordered JLAP to provide the Court with expert, independent, objective and reliable data regarding the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of respondents in substance abuse cases.

JLAP is recognized nationally as a leading program and it continues to generate unprecedented 95% no-relapse success rates on average. The Court’s amendment of Rule XIX, Section 24E3 will not only ensure that the public is appropriately protected from the […]

By |December 4th, 2019|

Study Provides More Evidence of Behavioral, Biological Similarities Between Compulsive Overeating and Drug Addiction

Does yo-yo dieting drive compulsive eating? There may be a connection.

According to BUSM researchers the chronic cyclic pattern of overeating followed by undereating, reduces the brain’s ability to feel reward and may drive compulsive eating. This finding suggests that future research into treatment of compulsive eating behavior should focus on rebalancing the mesolimbic dopamine system–the part of the brain responsible for feeling reward or pleasure.

An estimated 15 million people compulsively eat in the U.S. It is a common feature of obesity and eating disorders, most notably, binge eating disorder. People often overeat because it is pleasurable in the short term, but then attempt to compensate by dieting, reducing calorie intake and limiting themselves to “safe”, less palatable food. However, diets often fail, causing frequent “relapse” to overeating of foods high in fat and sugar (palatable foods).

“We are just now beginning to understand the addictive-like properties of food and how repeated overconsumption of high sugar – similar to taking drugs – may affect […]

By |November 27th, 2019|