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Prescription Drug Abuse

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.

Solving the Prescription Drug Misuse Tragedy

David Sheff | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
David Sheff

It's a tragedy that we're losing so many young adults because of drug use. If this were an unsolvable problem it would remain that: sad and terrible. But it is solvable. Prescription-medication misuse is preventable. The sniper can be caught.

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

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

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

Rx for S.S.D. (Sick Society Disorder)

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Shock and incredulity greeted a front-page New York Times article last week that nearly 1 in 5 American high school boys had attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Using Study Drugs to Get Better Grades: Why You Should Think Twice

Her Campus | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Her Campus

What's a collegiette to do when it's midnight and she hasn't even started studying for that 8 a.m. exam yet? Several college students across the country have found a risky solution: study drugs. Used without a prescription, however, these drugs can be dangerous -- not to mention illegal.

State Lawmakers Crack Down On So-Called 'Pill Mills'

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

ATLANTA — As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia's lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing p...

STOPP-ing Prescription Drug Abuse

Rep. Nick J. Rahall | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Rep. Nick J. Rahall

Every year, at least 16,000 Americans die from overdosing on prescription pain drugs, more than from heroin and cocaine combined. Preventing these deaths should be a national priority, and two measures that could help to reduce these tragedies are an excellent way to start.

'Mob Wives': Renee Checks Herself Into Rehab

Posted 01.28.2013 | TV

Renee Graziano took the difficult step of realizing she had a problem, and had the strength and fortitude to do something about it. On the latest "Mob...

How She Overcome Prescription Drug Addiction (VIDEO)

Posted 04.12.2013 | Teen

Nineteen-year-old Alicia Clouse started experimenting prescription pills and marijuana when she was in the eighth grade. Eventually, the Florida teen ...

Prescription to Die: How Medications May Be Killing Veterans Faster Than Suicide

B. Christopher Frueh | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
B. Christopher Frueh

PTSD, domestic violence and alcohol abuse are problems that have been widely chronicled among returning veterans of our recent wars. Often left out of the discussion, however, is the terrible toll that prescription medications -- namely, opioid painkillers -- take on veterans' lives.

Prescription Painkillers Mixed With Alcohol: A Deadly Mix

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

High schools and colleges across our nation need to be aware of this growing threat and the need to educate students about the dangers of prescription drug misuse along with excessive drinking and illegal drug abuse.

Death By Prescription: The Danger of Overprescribing Opioids

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.20.2012 | Health News

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15,000 Americans die annually from overdosing on prescription painkillers, know...

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.

School Nurse Stole Kids' ADD Drugs, Replaced With Prescription Painkillers

Posted 12.25.2012 | Education

Dallas school nurse Rebecca Baily-Long is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing prescription drugs from students. Bailey-Long is ac...

STUDY: What Drugs Are Killing Floridians

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 10.26.2012 | Miami

Fewer Floridians are dying from prescription drug abuse for the first time in years and Miami is still a capital of cocaine abuse, according to a newl...

Kathleen Miles

Shocking Prescription Drug Ring

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.19.2012 | Los Angeles

A federal grand jury has charged 16 defendants with running an Oxycontin trafficking operation in Southern California in a superseding indictment anno...

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...

Give Me My Adderall!

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

There's certainly a place for these medications in the treatment of ADD. But I think we've done too good a job of "selling" ADD and Adderall as the answer to many teenagers who are in a normative struggle toward maturity.

The Epidemic of Suicide in the Military

Allen Frances | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The suicide problem is just the very tip of a much larger iceberg. That one active duty soldier per day is desperate enough to kill himself speaks volumes of the less obvious, but significant, distress experienced by many other soldiers and veterans.