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Prescription Drug Overdose

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?

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...

More States Need 911 Overdose Good Samaritan Laws

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

When limited protection is attached to 911 Overdose Good Samaritan Laws, young people in particular are still afraid to call 911. N.Y. State for example, is choosing who may seek lifesaving emergency treatment.

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, ...

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?

America, It's Time For An Intervention: Drug Overdoses Are Killing More People Than Cars, Guns

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

The world can be a dangerous place, but even with all the bad drivers, treacherous heights and violence, more people are dying from drug overdoses tha...

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.

Matt Sledge

Chris Christie Reverses His Position In Long-Fought Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has come out in favor of a good Samaritan law that would allow drug overdose victims to call 911 without fe...

What We Can Learn From Celebrity Overdoses

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Celebrity
Tessie Castillo

While tragic, celebrity overdose might help raise awareness about the dangers of prescription misuse and ignite the push for drug policy reform.

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.

The Military Can Do More to Prevent Suicides

Allen Frances | Posted 12.08.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The military is to be commended for addressing its suicide problem -- but it needs to get down to root causes and to implement the obvious solutions that might make a difference.

'Dr. Feelgood' Is Responsible For 3 Overdose Deaths, Say Authorities

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH and GREG RISLING | Posted 05.02.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The prosecutor who took the rare step of charging a doctor with murder in the prescription drug overdose deaths of three patients ...

Prescription Drug Abuse, Overdose Spawns DEA's National 'Take-Back' Day

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Tim Strain was a victim of prescription drugs, not an abuser. His girlfriend's mother gave the 18-year-old additional pain medicati...