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Prescription Painkillers

The Day Me And Pops Got 86'ed From An Irish Bar

Bill Stieger | Posted 09.27.2016 | Fifty
Bill Stieger

How drunk do you have to be to be barred from drinking in an Irish bar in the 1950s? Well, the answer has to be, drunk enough to drop a two-year-old off a bar stool.

The Surprising Victims Of Opioid Addiction

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 08.20.2016 | Fifty
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Older adults are not immune to the problems of abuse and addiction, and signs point to a growing problem.

When Your Teenager Is Handed A Prescription For Vicodin

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 07.21.2016 | Parents
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

According to a survey by the National Safety Council, ninety-nine percent of primary care doctors routinely prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers for longer than the three-day period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prince’s Death Reveals How Hard It Is To Escape Opioid Addiction

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.01.2016 | Healthy Living

When Prince reached out to Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California-based chronic pain and addiction specialist, Kornfeld wasn't immediately available to go ...

Prince's Death a 'Sign of the Times'

Deborah Hersman | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

In life, Prince never fit into a category, so it is especially tragic that in death he reportedly will fall into one so increasingly common. On April...

The Opioid Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?

Kristine Scruggs, MD | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact
Kristine Scruggs, MD

In the case of opioid pain medication, not only is it often not medically indicated to use these medications, but we also take a significant risk each time we prescribe them. We risk our patient developing a dependence or addiction, we risk the medications being diverted or abused, we risk saddling patients with side effects that can be worse than their primary complaint.

We Know the Cure to the Opioid Epidemic

Deborah Hersman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

These are good reasons to be thoughtful, if not outright resistant to using opioid painkillers. Opioids are killing more than 18,000 people every year, so asking your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about the alternative options for pain relief and whether opioids are necessary.

Opioids, Pain and the CDC's Guideline: Needs Improvement

Stefan Kertesz | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Stefan Kertesz

As medical boards, insurers and government agencies enforce this guideline, prescribing differently from the top line recommendations is likely to become onerous, leaving many patients in the lurch.

Tonight, Have 'The Talk'... About Opioids

Deborah Hersman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Deborah Hersman

Like many families, my husband, sons and I often have engaging conversations while we're sitting at the dinner table. Something about that environment naturally lends itself to conversation. Sometimes we just share details from our days, or my kids tell me what they learned at school. But sometimes we have our most thought-provoking talks while putting forks to plates.

Fiorina Is Right

Deborah Hersman | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Deborah Hersman

Last week, Carly Fiorina's call for reforming drug treatment policies garnered a strong reaction during the Republican presidential debate when she shared how she and her husband buried their child to drug addiction. Fiorina called drug addiction an "epidemic." She is right.

The U.S. Needs More Treatment Options for Opiate Addiction

Hyun Namkoong | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
Hyun Namkoong

The problems in Fayetteville reflect what has been unfolding nationwide ever since the resurgence of heroin and the soaring use of prescription painkillers such as Percocet or Vicodin. Although these drugs have claimed thousands of lives in the U.S., healthcare resources and services have failed to catch-up to meet the demands for opiate treatment programs.

The Daily Nightmare of Benzo Withdrawal

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever devia...

The Addict's Hustle

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 07.20.2016 | Fifty
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

I always knew about the addict's hustle. "Just lend me a fiver and I'll give it back tomorrow." Or "I need a place to stay just for a day or so." Or "I'm going clean tomorrow if you just..." However, what I never knew until today was how addicts are hustled.

What Hillary Clinton Could Do About the Opioid Crisis

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

During a recent campaign stop, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to make the "quiet epidemic" involving heroin and prescription opioids an important part of her presidential campaign. The world is listening right now. It's the perfect time for her to create a rallying cry against this "quiet" epidemic.

Cake Rings True

Gail Saltz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Gail Saltz, M.D.

Besides being touchingly absorbing, Cake spells out that in reality ANYONE can develop a drug addiction, which is a painfully horrible way to live, often deadly and that it most often goes untreated.

Matt Sledge

Heroin-Linked Deaths Surge 39 Percent | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

Overdose deaths linked to heroin jumped 39 percent in 2013 from the year before, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control ...

The Dark Secret Haunting One In Four Teens

Posted 09.24.2014 | Teen

The ugly side of prescription painkillers—and how you could get hooked. By Elizabeth Foy Larsen The afternoon of her grandmother’s funeral, ...

The Scary Secret He's Helping To Expose

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.19.2014 | Teen

Seventeen-year-old Cyrus Stowe saw a dangerous trend happening at his Dallas high school. His classmates were abusing prescription drugs and nobody wa...

20 Years After Big Tobacco, Is It Time for 'Big Pain'?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

It's long been said that trends start in California. With one eye on the balance sheet and one on the legal history books, five of the world's largest drug manufacturers are probably hoping that's not true.

Matt Ferner

Fewer Pain Pill Overdoses In States With Medical Marijuana Laws | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living

States that have legalized marijuana for medical use have lower rates of prescription painkiller overdose deaths than states that have not, new resear...

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.

Jillian Berman

How A Big Drug Company Inadvertently Got Americans Hooked On Heroin | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business

When she was 18, Arielle would come home every day and embark on what she calls an “Easter egg hunt." She wasn’t looking for candy. Arielle was hu...

These Charts Show Just How Bad America's Heroin Problem Has Become

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

Heroin use is on the rise in the United States. The number of Americans using the drug has increased by about 50 percent in the past decade, accord...

Two Of America's Biggest Drug Problems Are Intertwined

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Business

Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death last weekend has placed a renewed spotlight on the nation's heroin epidemic, a problem that has grown much, m...

CDC's Top 10: Five for 2013, Five for 2014

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Despite the cuts, we continue to protect and improve the health of individuals, families, our communities, our country and of people across the globe. It's our passion and what makes us feel so fortunate to do the work we do.