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Prescription Drug Abuse

'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.

Prescription Drug Abuse Crackdown Hits CVS

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

A crackdown by the Drug Enforcement Administration against two big health care companies this month signals that the Obama administration is putting m...

Prescription Painkillers: Protect Yourself and Your Family

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 04.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

If you or someone in your family needs a prescription painkiller to manage pain -- as many people do -- you and your doctor can take steps to avoid accidental overdoses.

The Prescription Opiate Arms Race

Gregory Bunt, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregory Bunt, M.D.

Plans for the manufacture and sale of hydrocodone pills five to 10 times more potent than is now available is a warning sign of an escalation of what we might call the "prescription opiate arms race" among pharmaceutical companies.

America Is Over Diagnosed and Over Medicated

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Americans are taking too much medicine, often casually and unnecessarily prescribed by the wrong people for the wrong reasons, and causing lots of needless harm.

Powerful New Drug Has Experts Worried

AP | By CHRIS HAWLEY | Posted 12.29.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK -- Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation's second most-abused medicine, which has addiction exper...

Derek Boogaard: Dying to Win?

Howard Meitiner | Posted 02.12.2012 | Sports
Howard Meitiner

The life of a professional athlete is often a "work hard, party hard" existence -- binge drinking is part of the culture, and many turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to cope.

The Wrong Prescription: Foster Youth and Psychotropic Medications

Michael Piraino | Posted 02.06.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

For too long, these children were victimized again by a system that failed to treat their mental health with the respect it deserves. It's time that we stop treating our foster youth like second-class citizens.

Does America Really Have a Problem With Adderall Abuse?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 01.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

America's challenge with Adderall is not unlike the much more public debate over the prescription opiates like Oxycontin and Vicodin.

Prescription Drug Abuse: How To Protect Your Family

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The work ahead is not about keeping pain medications from patients in need. It is about good medicine and public health.

Katherine Bindley

The Scary Truth About Teen Prescription Drug Abuse | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.19.2011 | Parents

If you have teenagers, you may have established a system to keep them out of your liquor cabinet or wine fridge. But experts are now saying you should...

Drug Trafficking & Medicare Fraud Collide In Landmark Case

Posted 12.17.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Bernice Yeung As the country grapples with an explosion in prescription drug abuse, California ste...

170,000 Medicare Recipients Scored Large Amount of Painkillers From Multiple Doctors, Report Finds

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug abusers are exploiting Medicare prescription's benefit to score large quantities of painkillers, and taxpayers have to foot most of...

15 Arrested In Bust For An Unusual Drug Smuggling Ring

AP | By ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 10.20.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO -- U.S. border inspectors are not only seizing drugs coming into the country from Mexico – they're making arrests for drug smuggling t...

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...

Former Lehman COO Arrested for Forging Oxycontin and Ritalin Prescriptions

Vicky Ward | Posted 08.29.2011 | Business
Vicky Ward

Today's headlines about the arrest of Lehman Brothers' former Chief Operating Officer have a crucial message for all Wall Street firms. The news is a brutal reminder of what a truly horrible place Lehman became.

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.

Internet Tied To Rise In Drug Use

Reuters | Posted 07.16.2011 | Home

Access to rogue online pharmacies may be driving a rapid increase in the abuse in the United States of prescription drugs like powerful painkiller...

Stigma Paints Drug Addiction As A Choice, Not A Mental Illness

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 07.11.2011 | Home
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Drug abuse and addiction are tragic things, but they are not character traits. Just as depression is a no-fault mental illness, so is addiction.

The Overmedication Of Foster Kids

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
Michael Piraino

The White House has announced action against a very different prescription drug problem. Overmedication of our foster youth is an issue that deserves our attention, too.

The (Surprising) U.S. State On The Front Lines Of Rx Drug Abuse

Posted 06.21.2011 | Home

It was yet another pharmacy robbery in the small town of Sanford, Maine, where a woman claiming to have a gun said she would shoot if she didn't g...

White House Takes On America's Deadliest Drug Abuse Problem

AP | By CURT ANDERSON | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home

MIAMI -- The White House drug czar wants doctors, states and law enforcement working harder to stop America's deadliest drug-abuse problem: highly add...

White Collar Addicts: Celebrities Are Not An Alien Race When It Comes to Prescription Drug Dependence

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dr. Howard Samuels

America's fascination with celebrities, perpetuated by the media, is a hard pill to swallow. Our culture oftentimes seems to thrill at watching a train wreck, but stars are not an alien race.