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Prescription Painkillers

Women in Pain

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

One of the most striking aspects of this tragic increase in women dying from painkiller overdose is its occurrence in the context of a well-documented history of the under-treatment of women in pain.

The American Scream: Women and Painkillers

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

Although I think it's tragic that this epidemic is what's causing legislators to stand up and do something about the shocking numbers of women who are overdosing on prescription drugs, I am also someone who is grateful that it is happening within my lifetime.

How To Overcome Pill Addiction, From Brad Lamm (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | Home

Prescription drug addiction is on the rise, so when Addiction Specialist & Lifestyle Interventionist Brad Lamm joined me on Mondays With Marlo, he wei...

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.

The Pain Wars

Radley Balko | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

Last year I wrote a three-part series for Huffington Post that asked some questions about the latest panic over opioid painkillers, and its effect on ...

Is Managed Care Pushing America's Deadly Opiate Addiction?

Susana Duncan, M.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Susana Duncan, M.D.

As I reflect on why this wave of opiate addiction is so rapidly gaining hold in America, I realize that the answer lies in the new realities of how doctors must practice to earn their livelihood.

Despite Advances, Pain Is Still a Pain to Deal With

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Ever since medicine first figured out how to relieve the horrific pain of surgery with something more effective than a swig of whiskey, we have been on a quest to further prevent and treat all manner of human pain.

Is There A SoCal Heroin Epidemic?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.12.2012 | Los Angeles

The day after a Southern Californian 22-year-old died of a heroin overdose, her family joined other families who have lost a son or daughter to 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.

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.

Painkiller Debate Rages On

Radley Balko | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

If there's contention in the medical community about the risk and effectiveness of painkillers, the debate gets more heated still when it comes to what sort of public policy should govern how the drugs are used.

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?

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.

Katherine Bindley

The Scary Truth About Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

Conrad Murray: The Beast of "Need" Cost Two Lives -- The Debtor and the Addict

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

It was a lethal combination of drugs and debt that killed Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and ruined the life of a doctor.

Expectations, Feelings, Past Experiences Can Change How Well Medicines Work

Kate Kelland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

People who don't believe their pain medicine will work can actually reduce or even cancel out the effectiveness of the drug, and images of their brain...

Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocketing

msnbc.com | 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...

WATCH: The Independent Girl's Guide To Thanksgiving

Erin Gibson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Erin Gibson

Think spending Thanksgiving all by yourself is a one way ticket to Bummer Town, USA? Well, you're wrong.

Worried About Popping Pills If You're a Superwoman?

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

There's no doubt that prescription drug abuse is a major problem in America, and it's escalating in epic proportions. Prescription drug abuse affects men, women and teens.

Palin Warns: "Anyone Who Threatens Violence is in My Crosshairs"

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Speaking at a McCain campaign rally, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin issued the following warning to the most extreme elements in the Tea Party movement: "Anyone who uses threats of violence will be in my crosshairs."

The Fatal Prescription Pad

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

It's well known that the most expensive medical technology in America is a doctor's ballpoint pen. But now we discover that the prescription pad can also be deadly.