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Prescription Drug Abuse

Who's Shrinking the Kids?

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

More articles like the one in the New York Times are needed to inform parents about the consequences of putting excessive pressure on their kids and readily giving them powerful psychiatric medications to improve their focus and their grades.

Prescription Stimulant Use Finds Place In High School Students' Routines

Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

Once a habit indulged primarily by college and graduate students, prescription stimulant abuse has found a niche among students in academically elite ...

The Rise Of The 'Good Grade' Pill

New York Times | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education

He steered into the high school parking lot, clicked off the ignition and scanned the scraps of his recent weeks. Crinkled chip bags on the dashboard....

Doctors Arrested In New York Prescription Drug Crackdown

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | New York

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) - Federal and state authorities have charged 98 people in New York City and Long Island, ...

Bigger Than Bath Salts

Subhash Kateel | Posted 08.01.2012 | Miami
Subhash Kateel

Mention Miami this week and the first thing people will talk about is the "zombie" attack. Once the Twitterverse finishes with the jokes, look into the lives of both men and it stops being funny and starts being sad.

Doctor On Trial For OD Deaths Of Three Patients

AP | Posted 08.01.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors will begin presenting evidence next week in the case against a Southern California doctor accused of second-degree mur...

States Cracking Down On Prescription Drug 'Doctor Shopping'

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living

* Painkiller overdoses killed 15,000 people in America in 2008 * Prescription-drug abuse kills more than cocaine and heroin ...

Rx Drugs a Growing Problem Among Teenagers

Alexandra Pisano | Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Pisano

The most dangerous drugs may be much closer to home than you think. In fact, they may already be in your home. You may be worried about your teenager's relationship with drugs, but this is probably a good time to start talking to your younger children, too.

Is Parents Stealing Drugs From Their Kids A 'Neighborhood' Problem?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents

First, it was valium that the Rolling Stones famously dubbed "Mother's Little Helper." Then, the New York Times reported that sleep aids like Ambien a...

People Are Dying of Drug Overdoses, Despite Lifesaving Medications

Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D.

We have waged a war against drugs instead of formulating a science-based response to a public health epidemic for which a life-saving medication is available.

Spring Cleaning the Medicine Cabinets, and Other Ways to Combat Rx Abuse

John J. Castellani | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
John J. Castellani

Now, more than ever, it's crucial for all of us to inventory whether we have unused and expired medicine in our homes and take immediate, safe steps to dispose of them -- before they end up in the wrong hands.

Woman Spends A Night In Jail After Pharmacy Trip From Hell

Loren Berlin | Posted 05.07.2012 | Money

When you go get a prescription filled, you typically brace for a few bad outcomes: There's the possibility your insurance won't cover your drug or you...

Getting a Good Night's Sleep Without The Pills

Dr. Robert Waldman | Posted 07.04.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Robert Waldman

Mary, a lovely lady in her early 60s, had come to see me, describing her problem as "being sleepy all the time." As an internist practicing addiction medicine for the past 24 years, I have become sensitive to the significance of sleep disturbances and what they might represent.

Prescription Drug Addiction: A Medical Condition, Not a Moral Failure

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.30.2012 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Prescription drug addiction affects men and women, young and old, employed and unemployed, and those suffering from mental illness and those who don't. In short, no group is immune.

Most Prescription Painkiller Abusers Get Drugs From Friends Or Family: Study

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living

* Pharmaceuticals pose grave abuse problem * Overdose deaths top those from cocaine and heroin * Drugs obtained from fam...

The Scary Truth About Prescription Drugs

| Posted 04.24.2012 | Teen

Every week, HuffPost Teen rounds up the best local news stories about high school students from across the country through our friends at Patch.com. C...

Many More Teens Dying From Prescription Drug Abuse, Government Study Shows

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business

An uptick in teenagers overdosing on prescription drugs drove the almost doubling of fatal poisonings among American children, the Centers for Disease...

John Celock

Governors Target Prescription Drug Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

The nation's governors have begun studying prescription drug abuse and plan to develop best practices that can be used by state governments. The N...

Time to Prescribe the Right Cure

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 05.22.2012 | College
The Miami Hurricane

Although prescription drugs are harmful, they do have a purpose for people who have a reason to take them. This does not include taking Adderall to study for a test. Too much of anything is bad, even if it comes with a prescription.

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.

Ex-Lehman Exec. Arrested Again

Posted 03.13.2012 | Business

Well that was fast. Bradley H. Jack, a former Lehman Brothers executive, was charged with forging a prescription for the second time in less than ...

Why More Seniors Are Getting Addicted To Drugs

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.12.2012 | Fifty

So you thought it was just your teenagers that you had to keep away from drugs? According to addiction experts, you might need to deliver the Nancy Re...

'Dr. Feelgood' Is Responsible For 3 Overdose Deaths, Say Authorities

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH and GREG RISLING | Posted 05.02.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The prosecutor who took the rare step of charging a doctor with murder in the prescription drug overdose deaths of three patients ...

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.

Xanax Facts and Whitney Houston

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Reports that Xanax and other benzos are not usually lethal when taken alone are vastly misleading. Xanax is rarely taken alone. Why? Because as much or more than any other prescribed drug, Xanax causes medication spellbinding.