Category Archives: Prescription Drug Abuse

The Right Legislation Can Help Reduce Drug Deaths

There’s no one solution to drug abuse and addiction. Solving this problem in our society will take many different actions, as wrote in a post last week. This week I came across some information on how the right legislation can … Continue reading

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Will Zohydro Become the Next “OxyContin”?

There’s a new painkiller on the market. It’s called Zohydro. It offers a new formulation for those in pain: 100% hydrocodone. Of course, there were already hydrocodone painkillers on the market. They contained, usually, 10 milligrams of hydrocodone and 325 … Continue reading

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Does Opiate Abuse Boil Down to A Prescription Problem

The United States is currently experiencing a massive wave of drug use, but it’s not at all confined exclusively to street drugs. On the contrary, the drugs that are fueling what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling … Continue reading

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America’s Seniors Struggle with Addiction

There’s been plenty of news and media coverage of the addiction of teens and young adults to drugs or alcohol. After all, these are the years of greatest drug abuse, on average. But now, USA Today brings a different drug … Continue reading

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Opiates, Opioids and the Veterans Administration

There seems to be a lot of conversations about prescription drugs these days and that’s a good thing. We have been developing a serious problem related to abuse of prescription drugs for several years so the more we talk about … Continue reading

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New Report Shows More People Start on Heroin after Prescription Drugs

It’s been obvious for the last few years that plenty of people were getting addicted to prescription opiates first and then migrating to heroin because it was cheaper and more accessible. A new report makes it clear that far more … Continue reading

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The NFL Accused of Misusing Prescription Drugs

In the last couple of weeks, 750 NFL players and former players have joined a lawsuit against the league, charging the league with misusing prescription drugs so they could keep players on the field. As a result of improper prescribing … Continue reading

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Counties Sue Drug Makers for Prescription Abuse Issues

The Los Angeles Times broke the news last week that the District Attorneys for Orange and Santa Clara Counties in California are moving forward with a lawsuit against some of the biggest prescription drug manufacturers in the world. Why are … Continue reading

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An Inspiring Town Hall Meeting on Prescription Drug Abuse

On the 13th of May, there was a Town Hall meeting at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Public School of Health on prescription drug abuse. President Clinton opened the meeting, and those who provided testimony included Margaret Hamburg of the Food and … Continue reading

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Colleges are the Wrong Place for Drug Abuse – But So is Anywhere Else!

I’ve been seeing a lot of news articles about how much drug use there is on our college campuses. Many people are somewhat used to campus alcohol use – whether it’s good or not, heavy alcohol use has been a … Continue reading

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