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Prescription Drug Addiction

How I Lost My Sister To Addiction

Victoria Costello | Posted 04.26.2012 | Fifty
Victoria Costello

In light of the continuing controversy surrounding Whitney Houston's death, here is a look at the science behind the central and often misunderstood concept of self-medication in addiction and recovery. My interest in this is personal. My sister Rita died of a multiple drug cocktail at age 38.

Obama's Drug Czar Weighs In On Whitney Houston's Death

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

The death of singer Whitney Houston should serve to warn Americans about the danger of abusing prescription drugs, the nation's top drug official says...

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.

Can a New 'Mother's Little Helper' Solve Our Sleep Struggles?

Deni Carise | Posted 02.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Women today face more responsibilities than ever before. For this reason, more and more women are turning to sleep medication -- or as the New York Times dubbed it in a recent article, "Mother's New Little Helper."

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...

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.

Dr. Nora Volkow: New Brain Research Helps Explain Drug Addiction

Rehema Trimiew | Posted 12.31.2011 | Healthy Living

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has studied the neural pathways of addiction and believes that we've got to protec...

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...

Mom Tries To Sell Son, 5, For $2,000 (VIDEO)

Posted 10.22.2011 | Crime

A Florida mom with an alleged prescription drug addiction was accused by police of trying to sell her 5-year-old son for $2,000. Police said that ...

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...

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.

Former Police Officer's Wife Sentenced For Faking Cancer

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.19.2011 | Denver

Ann Crall was sentenced to 90 days in jail for collecting almost $60,000 while faking she had cancer. Crall, 31, is married to a former officer wi...

I Was an Ambien Junkie and Didn't Know It

Christine Egan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Egan

I didn't mean to become a junkie. It just kind of happened. My addiction to the prescription drug Ambien occurred back in 2001.

Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocketing | Emma Ashburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

U.S. officials reported a 400 percent increase over 10 years in the proportion of Americans treated for prescription painkiller abuse and said on Thur...

More Teens Receiving Dangerous Prescriptions

Reuters | Alison McCook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In 2007, one out of every nine teens and one out of six young adults in their 20s received prescriptions for medication that have the potential for ab...

Parental Warning: You May Be Enabling Your Kids' Addictions Without Realizing It

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

If you are hearing what I hear all day from your children about how easily they score drugs and alcohol, you might not be so quick to ship them off to class without a serious, heart-to-heart talk.

Why Rx Abuse Is Up 400 Percent (VIDEO)

Joshua Lyon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joshua Lyon

Pills are still considered by many as safe, or at least not as serious of a threat as other drugs -- despite widespread medication abuse PSAs and education.

Swapping Out Addictions: Prescription Drugs During Recovery

Barb Rogers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barb Rogers

When addicts in recovery are using, or often times abusing, prescription drugs to the same end we used and abused alcohol and illegal drugs, how much better off are we?

Was Michael Jackson Part of the Cause and Clearly the Victim of a Perverted Doctor-Patient Relationship?

Dr. Johnny Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Johnny Benjamin

The actions of Jackson's physician underscore a potentially dangerous and far too common trend occurring in doctor's offices throughout America: patient-mandated care.

Patients Speak: Medical Marijuana Frees People From Addiction to Deadly Painkillers

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

On Wednesday, dozens of former addicts made the tough decision to share their stories publicly, doing so before news cameras and a standing-room only crowd.

MJ's Story Highlights Ease of Getting Prescriptions

Brad Lamm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Lamm

These prescriptions have enormous medical value for a variety of ailments, but without proper screening of patients they are as deadly as cyanide and as disruptive as a loaded gun on a playground.

Michael Jackson: The King of Pills

Deborah King | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Deborah King

The multi-talented and charismatic performer may be gone, to live on in a digitally-recorded afterlife, but I suspect that we'll soon learn that the death of Michael Jackson the man was caused in large part by his addiction to prescription medication.

Michael Jackson and the Frailty of Life

Derrick K. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derrick K. Baker

Now that Michael Jackson has passed away, a few of my buddies and I can only talk about how death is the one appointment we all will keep.

Jackson's Death Means We're All Older Now and Need to Sober Up

Francesca Biller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francesca Biller

The passing of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett has hit us near-baby boomers and full-on baby boomers with a rock and roll punch to the gut we weren't ready for.