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The Allure of Pain Meds

Kelly Bergin | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

It wasn't until after my surgery for cancer at 21 that I took my very first painkiller. But like many others before me, I made the fatal error of mistaking drugs for happiness.

Morning Links: Oxycontin Abuse Wanes, Your Kindle Is Spying On You, Surprising Statistics AboutMass Shootings

Radley Balko | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

-- The smartest thing I've read yet on the Newtown tragedy. Related: You might be surprised to learn that mass killings are not happening more frequen...

Prescription Painkillers Mixed With Alcohol: A Deadly Mix

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

High schools and colleges across our nation need to be aware of this growing threat and the need to educate students about the dangers of prescription drug misuse along with excessive drinking and illegal drug abuse.

Kathleen Miles

Shocking Prescription Drug Ring

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.19.2012 | Los Angeles

A federal grand jury has charged 16 defendants with running an Oxycontin trafficking operation in Southern California in a superseding indictment anno...

Is There A SoCal Heroin Epidemic?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.12.2012 | Los Angeles

The day after a Southern Californian 22-year-old died of a heroin overdose, her family joined other families who have lost a son or daughter to heroin...

WATCH: How America Got Hooked On OxyContin

Posted 11.26.2012 | Health News

The highly addictive painkiller OxyContin is the top selling branded drug in its category, raking in over a billion dollars last year. HuffPost Live h...

CVS Stores Lose Licenses Over Suspicious Drug Sales

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business

Sept 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration decided to revoke the controlled substance licenses of two CVS Caremark Corp drugstores in ...

A World of Hillbilly Heroin

Chris Hedges | Posted 10.21.2012 | Home
Chris Hedges

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in West Virginia, and the state leads the country in fatal drug overdoses. OxyContin -- nicknamed "hillbilly heroin" -- is king.

New England Journal of Medicine Surprise: 'Abuse-Deterrent' OxyContin Linked With Increase in Heroin Use

Meghan Ralston | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Meghan Ralston

It turns out that making one particular drug harder to abuse does not suddenly cause a drug-free life for people addicted to OxyContin. If only it were that simple, but it's not.

OxyContin Abuse Is Down, But Is Increasing Abuse Rates Of This Illicit Drug

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2012 | Crime

By Gene Emery July 11 (Reuters Health) - U.S. drug abusers may be more likely to turn to heroin now that they are finding it harder to...

The New Drugging of America

Susana Duncan, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2012 | Health News
Susana Duncan, M.D.

The relatively recent epidemic of opium-addiction is now America's fastest growing drug problem. While the consequences of this prescription-driven epidemic may be largely invisible to the general public, it is all too clear to doctors like myself.

Painkiller Association Closes As Senate Launches Probe

ProPublica | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber | Posted 05.09.2012 | Business

A version of this story was published in The Washington Post.As the U.S. Senate Finance Committee launched an investigation Tuesday into makers of nar...

15 Percent Of NYC Doctors Prescribed 82 Percent Of All Painkillers In 2010

Posted 05.04.2012 | New York

A new report conducted by the New York City Health Department reveals the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions is steadily on the rise, with more...

Unhealthy Oxycodone Rewards at Walgreens

Steven Kurlander | Posted 06.18.2012 | Miami
Steven Kurlander

In Florida, where 85 percent of Oxycodone was allegedly distributed last year, it was estimated that at the beginning of 2011, seven Floridians died a day from overdoses from prescription drugs.

WATCH: Pharmacy Robbery Leads To Deadly Shootout

Posted 04.12.2012 | New York

An attempted robbery of an East Harlem pharmacy on Thursday led to a violent shootout with police officers killing the armed suspect. The suspecte...

Pain and Pain Medication Abuse: Two Epidemics in Tension

Steve Heilig | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Clearly there is much to be done in terms of addressing both epidemics of under-treated pain and pain medication abuse and addiction.

Painkiller Debate Rages On

Radley Balko | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

If there's contention in the medical community about the risk and effectiveness of painkillers, the debate gets more heated still when it comes to what sort of public policy should govern how the drugs are used.

The War Over Prescription Painkillers

Radley Balko | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

To the extent that there is any problem at all with painkiller abuse and overdoses, it's due more to a decade of aggressive policing, obstinate federal law enforcement agencies, and the encroachment of law enforcement into the practice of medicine than lax government oversight.

New York State Sees Sharp Increase In Oxycodone Drug Use and Abuse

Posted 01.12.2012 | New York

A new report issued by the New York state attorney general reveals a staggering 82 percent increase in oxycodone prescriptions from from 2007 to 2010....

Top Ten Cannabis Science Stories of 2011

Russ Belville | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green
Russ Belville

Today we continue our Year-End Retrospective with a look at the biggest news stories of scientific research into cannabis, public opinion polls on legalization, and statistical research on cannabis consumers.

Toddler Overdoses On Dad's Oxycodone

Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver

Manuel Rivera, a 31-year-old Clifton, Colo. father pleaded guilty to the Oxycodone overdose death of his 17-month-old toddler daughter, the Grand Junc...

50 Arrested In Massive Day Care Drug Bust

Posted 12.21.2011 | New York

After a seven month undercover investigation, police arrested nearly 50 people in a drug bust at LeFrak City in Queens. NBC reports on the arrests...

Births Of Prescription Drug Addicted Babies On The Rise

Posted 09.27.2011 | Healthy Living

It's a trend reminiscent of the "crack baby" epidemic of the 1980s, and doctors say they are seeing more babies than ever before born addicted to pres...

Ex-Lehman Brothers Director Arrested, Charged With Drug Prescription Forgery

Posted 08.29.2011 | Business

A former Lehman Brothers managing director has been arrested on charges of forging a prescription to buy drugs. Bradley Jack, formerly of the faile...

Why Do We Now Have a Prescription Drug Abuse Problem?

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

People seek most critically in addiction the certainty of an experience, especially that of powerful relief from pain and anxiety. Anything with that effect has strong addictive potential.