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Prescription Drug Abuse

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Adderall Abuse

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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.

Death by Prescription

Deborah King | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah King

Has our stressed-out, multi-tasking, anxiety-causing way of life turned us into a nation of addicts? Are we seeking out doctors who don't mind giving us multiple prescriptions for every little ache and pain and angst?

Is Your Friend Over-Medicating?

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Every so often someone writes me about how to respond to a friend with a prescription drug addiction. Wanting to ask someone with far more experience than I have on this painful subject, I interviewed Michelle Dunbar, executive director of St. Jude Retreats.

Prescribing Heroin to Save Lives

Meghan Ralston | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Ralston

When it comes to addiction, every option should be on the table. That's just common sense. Anything that works, or shows great promise, however we feel about it, must at least be discussed -- seriously and carefully.

Important Steps Toward Stopping a Deadly Epidemic: New York's I-STOP Law

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

A big part of the prescription drug overdose problem is nonmedical use of prescription painkillers. Most people using such drugs nonmedically get them from people they know, who originally got them from doctors. New York's new law takes several important steps to address this problem.

6 Scary Signs That Prove Stress Is Taking A Toll On American Women

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Taking an inventory on several health risks for American women in 2013 paints a picture of pain: of overdosing, caregiver burnout, health disparities, financial stress and over-drinking.

Women and Prescription Drugs: The Gender Gap Tightens

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Women are catching up to men and, for once, it's not good news. Every day, 18 women die of a prescription drug overdose in the U.S. That's five times more than 10 years ago.

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.

Kids Illegally on Prescription Pills: The Epidemic Part II

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Ilana Rapp

In Part I, we learned some scary stuff about children recreationally taking prescription drugs. The kids aren't the only ones affected -- their families are too.

Kids Illegally on Prescription Pills: The Epidemic - Part I

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Ilana Rapp

Is this happening in your hometown? Kids are getting a hold of prescription pills and popping them like candy. Are you and your child at risk?

Urban Outfitters Retreats From Yet Another Controversy

Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business

After withstanding weeks of attacks over its prescription drug-themed products, Urban Outfitters will discontinue the controversial line, CNN reports....

The Unlikely Force Driving Teen Prescription Drug Addiction: Parents?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

A recent study by The Partnership at Drugfree.org reveals that parents are taking a hands-off approach to prescription drugs even though we have clear evidence of the magnitude of the epidemic.

Why Not Adderall for Finals Week?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

I don't blame Joe's family at all if they wind up using Adderall for finals. I just know my limits as to how far I can ethically participate in this epidemic. But I suspect the other doctor will have no problem filling the prescription.