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Prescription Drug Abuse

Pharmaceutical Industry Profiting From a Solution to a Problem They Helped Create

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

More can and should be done to make naloxone widely available at an affordable price, and we must demand better from an industry that would seek to profit from both the poison and the antidote.

Keeping It Up in the Porn Industry

The Fix | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
The Fix

Over his eight years in the adult industry, Wylde had routinely used Cialis and occasionally dabbled in the injectible erectile-dysfunction drug Bimix, which is shot directly into the penis. This was the third time it had landed him in the hospital.

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 funer...

Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

Richard Taite | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.

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.

My Sister Died of an Overdose of Prescription Painkillers

David Wallechinsky | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Wallechinsky

One year ago today, my sister, Amy Wallace, died of an overdose of prescription painkillers. She had prescriptions for some drugs, but supplemented her allowance by using online pharmacies.

The Right Way to Be Tough and Smart on Crime

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

In the last three years, crime has decreased across the board in New York. Murder and burglary are down by double digits. At the same time, the state's prison population has declined 4 percent.

The Heroin Antidote? How Naloxone Can Help and Hurt Addicts

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

Something that has come out of the increased awareness of heroin addiction is a newfound interest with the controversial drug naloxone that can reverse the side effects and overdoses of opioids. It is a right move that more states are giving police and first responders' access to this drug, but it is one that comes with a lot of controversy.

How Addiction Took My Sister's Life

Substance.com | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Substance.com

When someone you love commits suicide, people around you are quick to say, "It wasn't your fault." But I don't know.

Hairroin? Really? Addicted to Ignorance, Not Style

Allison Hudson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Listen up, Urban Outfitters: Teaming up with a salon called "Hairroin," which uses "addicted" in its slogan, and handing out needle-shaped pens isn't funny or cute or even catchy. It's pathetic, sad and beyond poor taste. It's disgusting.

In an Instant

Deborah Hersman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Deborah Hersman

By taking the data on the leading causes of unintentional death by age, a curious thing happens. Three peaks of heightened risk become apparent, helping us identify more dangerous times in our lives.

Oklahoma Tackles the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Adam Banner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and both the number of prescription drug sales and the number of prescription drug overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Are doctors to blame?

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Adderall Abuse

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

I've watched with worried vigilance for the past 15 years the growth in the use by adults of these potentially powerful and addictive drugs. Sadly, I believe only after stimulant abuse causes the deaths of enough young adults will we address this growing public health menace.

What Heroin Addiction Cost This Nurse And Mother

OWN | Posted 03.13.2014 | OWN

Tammy was a mother of two, married to a police officer and working as a nurse at a world class hospital. Her life seemed about as apple pie American a...

Holder Outlines Plan To Address 'Urgent Public Health Crisis'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder promised Monday to address the recent rise in heroin overdoses with enhanced enforcement and treatment initiatives in his...

Creating a Healthier Nation for All

Cindy Steinberg | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Steinberg

Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in the U.S., and there is much more we can do to address and prevent it. Chronic pain is serious too, and prohibiting access to much-needed treatment is not the answer to either problem.

Matt Sledge

North Carolina Leads South With Drug Overdose Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- Prescription painkillers hit the stark, beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains hard. Once known as the world's moonshi...

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.

The Drug From Limitless Is Available for Purchase on Your College Campus

Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Eliza Sankar-Gorton

Although exaggerated for Hollywood, it's clear why students might be tempted to take a pill that might lend mental clarity and energized focus. I wondered, though ... how are people getting their hands on it?

The No. 1 Killer of Teens in the U.S.

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

There is a growing epidemic in America that is taking the lives of our young people. It's in most of our homes and it can easily be obtained from a friend or doctor. Prescription drug abuse is real problem among teens and young adults that gets bigger every year.

#EndMedicineAbuse: Why Prescription Drug Abuse Is So Personal to Me

Cyrus Stowe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Cyrus Stowe

These teens abusing medicines look normal. They do well in school. They can be your babysitters. Your neighbors. Your nieces and nephews. Your kids.

There Was a Message in This Bottle: Why Listening to Customers Matters

Jerry McLaughlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jerry McLaughlin

As the president and CEO of Branders.com, the world's largest online corporate giveaway store, I take pride in my company's ability to carry nearly every item our customers could want to promote their business or organization. Through branded items such as grocery store bags and water bottles, I'm proud to say that Branders.com has helped Celeste promote the Raymond Coalition for Youth in her community. A regular customer, Celeste visited Branders.com earlier this year to purchase Frisbees and beach balls for an upcoming summer festival. Celeste got in touch with my team at Branders.com, and I'm glad she did.

FDA Proposal To Curb Painkiller Overdoses May Bring Misery To Pain Patients

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Radley Balko

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended new restrictions on the use of some prescription painkillers. Citing a reported dramatic increase in the number of overdose deaths related to opioid-based painkillers over the last decade.

Why Is Drug Abuse So Prevalent Among Post 50s?

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

It's been reported that drug abuse is surging among baby boomers. In fact, for adults aged 50 to 54, the percentage of consumers of illicit substances more than doubled from 3.4 percent in 2002 to 7.2 percent last year.

Shouldn't Doctors Have to Pee in a Cup Too?

Jamie Court | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jamie Court

Pilots, college athletes, bus drivers and Disneyland cast members all are subjected to mandatory drug testing, but not the doctor performing open heart surgery, or a vasectomy. Not yet.