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Prescription Drug Abuse

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.

Katherine Bindley

How Scientists Are Helping In The Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living

It almost sounds too good to be true: painkillers that could be more effective in relieving pain and less likely to result in dependence and addiction...

Confronting the Truth on Overdose Awareness Day

Meghan Ralston | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Meghan Ralston

We have to acknowledge that a certain percentage of the population will never be entirely drug-free, and we have to figure out what to do about that. It's costly and regressive to continually respond with arrests, drug courts and incarceration.

Study Finds Many Older People Are Being Prescribed The Wrong Drugs

Posted 08.23.2012 | Fifty

One in five medications used by people older than 65 are prescribed inappropriately in primary care settings, which can cause adverse reactions, acco...

Do 'Study Drugs' Breed a Nation of Winners -- or Cheaters?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Children are learning that success comes not by training, practice and hard work, but by taking shortcuts. We tell young people, "Don't use drugs," but our beliefs and actions encourage them to win at all costs.

Drug Wars Abroad, Prescription Pain Killers at Home

Samuel K. Roberts, PhD | Posted 09.11.2012 | College
Samuel K. Roberts, PhD

Prescription opioids perform a vital role in pain management, but their overproduction lax regulation has had the inevitable result of mass diversion to illicit channels.

OxyContin Abuse Is Down, But Is Increasing Abuse Rates Of This Illicit Drug

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2012 | Crime

By Gene Emery July 11 (Reuters Health) - U.S. drug abusers may be more likely to turn to heroin now that they are finding it harder to...

The Doctors' Dilemma

Susana Duncan, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Susana Duncan, M.D.

A number of doctors like myself in the past year or so have seen a sharp uptick in patients searching for a new doctor because the old doctor no longer wants to treat them. I have come to recognize the telephone call.

The New Drugging of America

Susana Duncan, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2012 | Health News
Susana Duncan, M.D.

The relatively recent epidemic of opium-addiction is now America's fastest growing drug problem. While the consequences of this prescription-driven epidemic may be largely invisible to the general public, it is all too clear to doctors like myself.

America's War On Drugs Moves To The Pharmacy

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living

* DEA launches broadside against wholesalers, pharmacies * Lawmakers, patients, physicians question strategy ...

Who's Shrinking the Kids?

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

More articles like the one in the New York Times are needed to inform parents about the consequences of putting excessive pressure on their kids and readily giving them powerful psychiatric medications to improve their focus and their grades.

Prescription Stimulant Use Finds Place In High School Students' Routines

Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

Once a habit indulged primarily by college and graduate students, prescription stimulant abuse has found a niche among students in academically elite ...

The Rise Of The 'Good Grade' Pill

New York Times | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education

He steered into the high school parking lot, clicked off the ignition and scanned the scraps of his recent weeks. Crinkled chip bags on the dashboard....

Doctors Arrested In New York Prescription Drug Crackdown

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | New York

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) - Federal and state authorities have charged 98 people in New York City and Long Island, ...

Bigger Than Bath Salts

Subhash Kateel | Posted 08.01.2012 | Miami
Subhash Kateel

Mention Miami this week and the first thing people will talk about is the "zombie" attack. Once the Twitterverse finishes with the jokes, look into the lives of both men and it stops being funny and starts being sad.

Doctor On Trial For OD Deaths Of Three Patients

AP | Posted 08.01.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors will begin presenting evidence next week in the case against a Southern California doctor accused of second-degree mur...

States Cracking Down On Prescription Drug 'Doctor Shopping'

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living

* Painkiller overdoses killed 15,000 people in America in 2008 * Prescription-drug abuse kills more than cocaine and 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.

Is Parents Stealing Drugs From Their Kids A 'Neighborhood' Problem?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents

First, it was valium that the Rolling Stones famously dubbed "Mother's Little Helper." Then, the New York Times reported that sleep aids like Ambien a...

People Are Dying of Drug Overdoses, Despite Lifesaving Medications

Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D.

We have waged a war against drugs instead of formulating a science-based response to a public health epidemic for which a life-saving medication is available.

Spring Cleaning the Medicine Cabinets, and Other Ways to Combat Rx Abuse

John J. Castellani | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
John J. Castellani

Now, more than ever, it's crucial for all of us to inventory whether we have unused and expired medicine in our homes and take immediate, safe steps to dispose of them -- before they end up in the wrong hands.

Woman Spends A Night In Jail After Pharmacy Trip From Hell

Loren Berlin | Posted 05.07.2012 | Money

When you go get a prescription filled, you typically brace for a few bad outcomes: There's the possibility your insurance won't cover your drug or you...

Getting a Good Night's Sleep Without The Pills

Dr. Robert Waldman | Posted 07.04.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Robert Waldman

Mary, a lovely lady in her early 60s, had come to see me, describing her problem as "being sleepy all the time." As an internist practicing addiction medicine for the past 24 years, I have become sensitive to the significance of sleep disturbances and what they might represent.

Prescription Drug Addiction: A Medical Condition, Not a Moral Failure

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.30.2012 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Prescription drug addiction affects men and women, young and old, employed and unemployed, and those suffering from mental illness and those who don't. In short, no group is immune.

Most Prescription Painkiller Abusers Get Drugs From Friends Or Family: Study

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living

* Pharmaceuticals pose grave abuse problem * Overdose deaths top those from cocaine and heroin * Drugs obtained from fam...