Category Archive: Prescription Drugs

Oct 13

Take as Prescribed: Drug Addiction in the US

The US consumes 80 percent of the world’s supply of painkillers, and overdoses from prescription opioid drugs kill at least 16,000 Americans every year - more than cocaine and heroin combined. Once thought to be a problem of the young, opioid addiction is becoming more common among elderly Americans. “I was taking exactly what the doctor prescribed, …

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Jul 27

HHS Secretary: 259 Million Opioid Prescriptions in U.S. in 2012 Outnumbered American Adults

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told Congress Wednesday that there were more than 250 million prescriptions for opioid drugs in 2012 – more than the number of adults in the U.S. “In the year 2012, there were 259 million prescriptions for opioids. That’s more than one for every adult in the country,” Burwell told …

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Jul 14

Sounding the Alarm as Prescription Drug Abusers Turn to Heroin

Standing in the pulpit above Austin Klimusko’s casket three years ago, his mother used his death to draw the connection between pills from a pharmacy and drugs from the street. “When his prescriptions dried up, he turned to heroin,” Susan Klimusko said in a frank eulogy meant as a warning to the young mourners at …

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Jun 29

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Collecting Prescription Drugs

El Dorado County residents on July 12 from noon-5pm may get rid of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications. Drop-off locations include: El Dorado County sheriff’s substation, 4354 Town Center Blvd., Suite 112 in El Dorado Hills. Holiday Market, 5030 Ellinghouse Drive in Cool. Fire Station 61, 6281 Main St., Georgetown, (8am-noon). Safeway Supermarket, 6498 Pony …

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May 15

Renowned Doctor to Present in Truckee on Prescription Drug Dangers

Dr. Roneet Lev, a prescription drug safety champion and 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit keynote speaker, will present to Tahoe-Truckee community members next week. Her presentation will center on prescription drug abuse, as well as national and local safety efforts. The free event is scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Tahoe …

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Apr 21

Overdoses fell after 2 narcotic painkillers were taken off the market

Patients got fewer narcotic painkillers and overdoses declined after two problem drugs were removed from the market in 2010, a large study of insurance claims reported Monday. The researchers looked at changes in the use of painkillers after manufacturers stopped producing propoxyphene and the original form of OxyContin. Propoxyphene, sold as Darvon, was removed because of concerns about …

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Mar 05

Heroin Overdose Deaths in U.S. Have Tripled Since 2010

America’s heroin problem keeps getting worse More than 8,200 Americans—an average of 23 people each day—died of heroin overdoses in 2013. That’s according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and it’s the latest evidence that the nation’s heroin problem is becoming more severe. The rate of overdose deaths in 2013, …

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Jan 21

College students think abusing Adderall no worse than drinking coffee

For college students, a drug that offers to boost their memory and concentration, improve alertness and energy levels, help them stay awake, and give them a high is unsurprisingly appealing. What is shocking, however, is the attitude of students towards substance abuse. Adderall is a prescription medication given to people with ADHD. It helps to …

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Dec 22

Physician Dispensing May Have Led to Unnecessary Prescribing of Opioids

According to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), physician dispensing — when a doctor gives medication to a patient directly — may have led to doctors overprescribing strong opioids. The authors of the study, The Impact of Physician Dispensing on Opioid Use, found that after Florida banned physician dispensing of strong opioids, …

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Sep 16

One in Five Patients Treated for Broken Bones Doctor Shops for Painkillers, New Study Finds

About one in five patients who are treated for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma doctor shops for additional prescriptions for painkillers after surgery, said a new study. Led by Dr. Brent Morris, a neck and shoulder surgeon in Lexington, Ky., the study published in the August issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, …

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