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Painkiller Addiction

Painkiller Abuse Hits Close To Home For A Majority Of Americans

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON --More than half of Americans know someone who has abused prescription painkillers or died from an overdose, or has taken these medication...

FDA Approves OxyContin For Extremely Sick Kids

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

The U.S. Food and Drug Association approved the painkiller OxyContin for children ages 11 to 16 with pain "severe enough to require daily, around-the...

The Rate Of Babies Born Addicted To Painkillers Is Rising At An Alarming Rate

Reuters | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living

By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - The rate at which infants are suffering withdrawal after being born to mothers on opioid pain kil...

Zohydro: The FDA-Approved Prescription for Addiction

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Science
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

In a few weeks, a powerful new opioid painkiller called Zohydro is expected to hit the market. Zohydro's easily crushed capsules will contain up to 50 milligrams of pure hydrocodone, 10 times more hydrocodone than a regular Vicodin. One capsule will pack enough to kill a child.

Stopping Painkillers From Killing

Anna David | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

When I was wholly honest about my sobriety and in unbearable pain, I couldn't actually get any relief -- or even on the phone with the doctor to explain myself. In other words, because of the fact that I'd told the truth, I'd been characterized as a scheming addict.

What a Pain to Manage Pain

Karen Firestone | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Firestone

The medical profession faces the dueling challenges of addressing the acute pain that accompanies almost all medical procedures and also reducing any unintentional drug addiction.

'Addicted': Sports Injury Leads To Painkiller Addiction

Posted 09.19.2012 | TV

"Addicted" took a look at the dangers of prescription painkillers. After suffering a knee injury playing sports, 25-year-old Lindsay became addicted t...

Shocking Statistics About Teens And Painkiller Drugs

Reuters | Posted 07.07.2012 | Teen

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK, May 7 (Reuters Health) - One in eight older U.S. teenagers has used powerful painkiller drugs without pr...

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...

Setting the Record Straight: Responding to the Prescripti​on Drug Abuse Epidemic

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

The Obama administration has adopted a mainstream approach to the drug problem, employing a balance of public health and safety approaches to reduce drug use and its consequences. All of these policies are grounded in science and research -- not politics or ideology.

Relieving Pain in America

Myra J. Christopher | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Myra J. Christopher

Two important public health policy matters that require the attention of policy makers seem to be constantly in tension with one another: the under-treatment of chronic pain and the abuse of prescription medications.

Prescription Painkillers: When They Stop Helping And Start Hurting

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Sadly, these signs of becoming addicted to a prescription painkiller often go unnoticed. That is why it is important to monitor changes that take place after a painkiller is prescribed.

The New Panic Over Prescription Painkillers

Radley Balko | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

How can we be facing an epidemic of overdose deaths wrought by too many prescriptions for painkillers and, at the same time, be facing a public health crisis of undertreated pain?

Is California Fueling A Painkiller 'Epidemic'?

| Posted 01.09.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Christina Jewett While federal authorities are calling the spike in prescription paink...

Finally: Obama to Eliminate Narcotic Abuse!

Stanton Peele | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

Americans are becoming more dependent on drugs, despite years -- decades -- of our War on Drugs. Somehow, confiscating marijuana, cocaine, and illicit painkillers has not reversed our addictive proclivities.