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Prescription Drug Addiction

How Addiction Took My Sister's Life

Substance.com | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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.

Kathleen Miles

Life-Saving Drug Can Reverse Overdoses, Be Used At Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.13.2013 | Los Angeles

Family and friends of more drug users in California will soon be able to reverse overdoses at home with a lifesaving injectable drug. On Thursday, ...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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...

My Son, Prescription Drug Abuse, And A Broken Legal System

Katie Allison Granju | Posted 11.03.2012 | Parents
Katie Allison Granju

Until we stop acting as if it isn't happening, or telling ourselves that it could never happen in our own families, the band will continue to play on.

Youyoung Lee

Are We Fighting The Wrong War On Drugs?

HuffingtonPost.com | Youyoung Lee | Posted 08.28.2012 | Celebrity

On Feb. 11, 2012, on the eve of the Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles and never woke ...

Could Your Doctor Be Addicted To Drugs?

| Posted 08.24.2012 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Christina Jewett Five years ago, a state program to help doctors struggling with addiction was shut...

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.

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 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.

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...

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.

John Celock

Governors Target Prescription Drug Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

The nation's governors have begun studying prescription drug abuse and plan to develop best practices that can be used by state governments. The N...

'Intervention': Kaylene Borrows From Kid Sister To Buy Drugs

Posted 05.26.2012 | TV

Kaylene was clearly delusional about what was going on, even as she was in the depths of her addiction to prescription medication on "Intervention" (M...

Why More Seniors Are Getting Addicted To Drugs

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.12.2012 | Fifty

So you thought it was just your teenagers that you had to keep away from drugs? According to addiction experts, you might need to deliver the Nancy Re...

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.

How I Lost My Sister To Addiction

Victoria Costello | Posted 04.26.2012 | Fifty
Victoria Costello

In light of the continuing controversy surrounding Whitney Houston's death, here is a look at the science behind the central and often misunderstood concept of self-medication in addiction and recovery. My interest in this is personal. My sister Rita died of a multiple drug cocktail at age 38.

Obama's Drug Czar Weighs In On Whitney Houston's Death

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

The death of singer Whitney Houston should serve to warn Americans about the danger of abusing prescription drugs, the nation's top drug official says...

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.

The Prescription Opiate Arms Race

Gregory Bunt, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregory Bunt, M.D.

Plans for the manufacture and sale of hydrocodone pills five to 10 times more potent than is now available is a warning sign of an escalation of what we might call the "prescription opiate arms race" among pharmaceutical companies.