Category Archives: Prescription Drug Abuse

Epidemic of Opiate Abuse and Addiction

The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health has been released. Study this very long and detailed report and you will see that for some drugs, the numbers of Americans using them have gone down. Not so for heroin. … Continue reading

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Opioid Overdose Deaths – Are They from Heroin or Painkillers?

Surveys show that teens and young adults abuse prescription drugs because they think they are safer than street drugs. If that impression were actually true, then it would seem that the majority of opiate overdose deaths would come from heroin. … Continue reading

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New Federal Restrictions for Prescription Painkillers

Until fairly recently, you couldn’t get a prescription for opiate painkillers unless you were on your deathbed or in the midst of cancer treatment. These medications were reserved for patients suffering from severe pain, and in many cases only for … Continue reading

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Will New Form of OxyContin Really Reduce Abuse?

There’s a new painkiller that’s just been approved by our Food and Drug Administration. It’s called Targiniq ER – ER means Extended Release. It breaks down slowly in your body and provides lengthy pain relief. Targiniq is a new form … Continue reading

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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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