Opiates are incredibly potent pain relievers for patients with severe traumatic pain or dealing with end-of-life care, but they are also being increasingly abused. Robert Brooke, the CEO of small cap Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB: VBIO), which is dedicated to the development of cannabinoid prodrug pharmaceuticals and to unlocking the power of cannabinoids for the treatment of serious neurological and inflammatory disorders, has recently written an article entitled: What We Should Know About Opiates and Prescription Drug Abuse.
In the article, Brooke noted a number of interesting statistics about opiates and opiate abuse:
Last year, there were 47,055 Americans that died from drug overdoses, and opioids were involved in 61% of these cases. Since 2013, the rates of drug-overdose deaths have exceeded the number of deaths from car accidents. The U.S. uses 80% of the world’s opioids, while representing only 4.6% of the world’s population. In a movement towards aggressive management of pain, there has been a 10-fold increase in the medical use of opioids in the last 20 years. More than 2.4 million Americans now have a severe opioid-use disorder, which includes dependence on heroin and also prescription opiate drugs that are known by many names. Studies have shown that today about 75% to 86% of heroin users started with prescription opioid pain relievers. A 2012 Canadian study showed that 22% of people who were prescribed opioids by their doctors for long-term pain management started abusing the pills. An estimated 40% of older adults live with chronic pain. Roughly 70% of patients now regularly receive opiates upon hospitalization.
Brooke goes on to write:
Top Canadian Stocks To Buy For 2019: Credit Suisse Group(CS)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Credits (CS) is a distributed proof-of-stake (dPOS) token that uses the DPoS hashing algorithm. Its genesis date was February 28th, 2015. Credits’ total supply is 249,471,071 tokens and its circulating supply is 143,404,049 tokens. The Reddit community for Credits is /r/CreditsOfficial and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. Credits’ official message board is medium.com/@credits. Credits’ official website is credits.com/en. Credits’ official Twitter account is @creditscom and its Facebook page is accessible here.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) rose 19.7 percent to $35 in pre-market trading. Vicor posted Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on sales of $65.2 million.
Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 13.5 percent to $16.88 in pre-market trading after climbing 104.82 percent on Tuesday.
Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREE) shares rose 11.3 percent to $43.81 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its third quarter on Tuesday.
The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) rose 9.6 percent to $125.98 in pre-market trading.
Aduro BioTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADRO) rose 5.8 percent to $7.25 in pre-market trading after falling 1.44 percent on Tuesday.
STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) rose 5.2 percent to $22.42 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) rose 5.2 percent to $32.05 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) rose 5 percent to $17.11 in pre-market trading following strong Q1 results.
Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY) shares rose 4.4 percent to $2.02 in pre-market trading.
22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE: XXII) rose 4.9 percent to $2.15 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.07 percent on Tuesday.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) rose 4.1 percent to $102.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) rose 3.3 percent to $61 in pre-market trading following upbeat quarterly earnings.
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- [By Joseph Griffin]
UBS Group set a €21.50 ($24.43) price target on AXA (EPA:CS) in a research note published on Monday morning, www.boersen-zeitung.de reports. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Credits (CS) is a distributed proof-of-stake (dPOS) token that uses the DPoS hashing algorithm. Its launch date was February 28th, 2015. Credits’ total supply is 249,471,071 tokens and its circulating supply is 139,159,871 tokens. Credits’ official message board is medium.com/@credits. The Reddit community for Credits is /r/CreditsOfficial and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. The official website for Credits is credits.com/en. Credits’ official Twitter account is @creditscom and its Facebook page is accessible here.
Top Canadian Stocks To Buy For 2019: Safeway Inc.(SWY)
- [By Logan Wallace]
Stornoway Diamond (TSE:SWY) is scheduled to post its quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 14th.
Stornoway Diamond (TSE:SWY) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, May 15th. The company reported C($0.01) EPS for the quarter. Stornoway Diamond had a negative net margin of 6.15% and a negative return on equity of 1.78%. The business had revenue of C$55.95 million for the quarter.
- [By Jim Robertson]
In addition, Goldcorp’s (NYSE: GG) Éléonore mine in the heart of the territory along with the Troilus mine (which produced over 2 million ounces of gold from 1997-2010 and is estimated to have another remaining 2 million ounces of reserves) are helping to maintain the interest of junior exploration companies in nearby properties. The same can be said about the Otish Mountains area following the discovery of diamonds by Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX: SWY) at their Renard diamond mine which is projected to produce 1.5-2 millions carats per year.
- [By Jim Robertson]
Large and small cap junior miners have long been interested in the region due to Goldcorp’s Éléonore mine being located in the heart of the territory along with the Troilus mine (which has produced over 2 million ounces of gold from 1997-2010 and is estimated to have another remaining 2 million ounces of reserves). The Otish Mountains area has also attracted attention following the discovery of diamonds by Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX: SWY) at their Renard diamond mine (projected to produce 1.5-2 millions carats per year).
Top Canadian Stocks To Buy For 2019: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)
- [By Timothy Green]
Mobile ordering is a big part of Chipotle’s (NYSE:CMG) turnaround plan. The company revamped its iPhone and Android app last November, streamlining the experience and adding support for coupon codes, Apply Pay, and Android Pay. The app allows customers to place orders for pickup at Chipotle locations, and those orders are prepared on dedicated prep lines, in most cases.
- [By Chris Lange]
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) shares slumped early on Monday after the stock was downgraded by a key analyst.
Wedbush downgraded Chipotle to Underperform from Neutral with a $445 price target, implying downside of about 14.5% from the current price level. The firm sees increased risk to near-term same-store sales (SSS) growth and margin expectations, with continued risk to margin expectations through 2020.
- [By Nicholas Rossolillo]
Lying somewhere between traditional table service and fast food is Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) — still attempting to recover from several food scares over the last couple years. The leading fast-casual chain also has a new CEO who has hinted at making menu changes and possibly adding drive-thrus in the near future. No longer a small upstart, with over 2,400 locations, lunchtime could get a boost here as well due to Subway’s retreat. Same-store sales have begun to show signs of life, and management sees them rising in the low single digits in 2018.
Top Canadian Stocks To Buy For 2019: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)
- [By Shane Hupp]
Energi (CURRENCY:NRG) traded 3.8% lower against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 22:00 PM Eastern on February 2nd. Energi has a market cap of $9.51 million and approximately $100,521.00 worth of Energi was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Energi coin can currently be bought for approximately $0.76 or 0.00021720 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinExchange, Cryptopia and CryptoBridge. In the last seven days, Energi has traded down 9.3% against the dollar.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Shares of NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) rose 10.9% in August, buoyed by its second-quarter results and an analyst upgrade.
“Our business performed exceptionally well during the second quarter,” stated CEO Mauricio Gutierrez in the company’s earnings press release. Driving that view is that income from continuing operations rose from $99 million in the year-ago period to $121 million in this year’s second quarter. Powering the company’s improvement was its retail segment, where adjusted EBITDA came in at $298 million, which was $94 million higher than the second quarter of last year. The company’s generation business also delivered stronger results as adjusted EBITDA rose $45 million to $197 million. Those dual fuels enabled the company to reaffirm its full-year outlook for adjusted EBITDA between $2.8 billion to $3 billion.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Energi (CURRENCY:NRG) traded 1.4% lower against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 15:00 PM E.T. on September 11th. One Energi coin can now be bought for about $0.31 or 0.00004951 BTC on major exchanges including Cryptopia, CryptoBridge and CoinExchange. Energi has a total market cap of $1.54 million and $4,327.00 worth of Energi was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last seven days, Energi has traded down 9.2% against the dollar.