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Varying Painkiller Prescribing Practices in Hospitals Examined

Emergency departments and doctors’ offices are traditionally where many people get their prescription painkillers. Because of this, policy makers and healthcare officials have taken a closer look at physicians when it comes to the prescription narcotic problem in the United States. For instance, many hospitals have instituted policies where doctors do not give more than […]

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Employers Tackling Issue of Prescription Drug Abuse Head-on

With opioid abuse having become a national epidemic, employee benefits plans are using their resources to take on this issue, according to a survey conducted by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Its results found that more than 22 percent of employers have carried out a prescription claims analysis to look for possible abuse.

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Survey Shows Opioid Use Among Teens Declining

The results of a new study reveal that high school students are not using opioids like prescription pain medications and heroin as much as adults. The rate of opioid use and overdose deaths has reached epidemic proportions, but has continued to decline among high school students recently. Over the past five years, the rate of

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OxyContin Being Introduced to Global Market

The business of selling OxyContin is dying in the US, but the drug maker earned billions of dollars during its heyday. The country is currently in the throes of what has been described as an opioid epidemic that is responsible for 200,000 deaths. Many people believe that OxyContin was one of the drugs responsible for

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Study Tracks Accidental Prescription Drug Overdoses Among Children

As we have previously reported, it is important for people to not only keep their current medications in a safe place, but also to properly dispose of unused prescriptions. The reasons, especially for painkillers, are plenty. While many people immediately think of teenagers getting a hold of the drugs and abusing them, it is vital

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Opioid Medication Study: Majority of Patients Keep their Painkillers

The results of a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and published in JAMA Internal Medicine have revealed information about how prescription opioid medications are stored, shared and disposed of. As the problem of prescription drug addiction continues to grow, understanding how the pills reach users will be an important

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New Video From Macklemore Targets Modern Day ‘Drug Dealer’

GRAMMY Award-winning artist Macklemore is once again making headlines, and this time it is for combining his anti-drug activism along with his music. The video (below) for his song ‘Drug Dealer’ is turning heads and bares the harsh realities of prescription painkiller addition. Unlike more stereotypical anti-drug messages, this one is not only an artistic

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