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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...

Illegal Prescription Drugs Delivered Right To Your Door

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 11.16.2012 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO -- The nation's two largest shipping companies said they are targets of a criminal probe related to their dealings with online pharmacie...

New DPA Report Highlights the Impact of the War on Drugs on Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

Daniel Robelo | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Daniel Robelo

The government response to this crisis has not only been too late; it's also been too little. For today, we must redouble our efforts to care for those who have worn the uniform, and do everything we can to prevent them from joining the growing list of the drug war's casualties.

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.

Jeffrey Young

Drugstores Struggle To Fill Prescriptions In Areas Hard-Hit By Hurricane Sandy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.01.2012 | Business

Hundreds of drugstores across New York and New Jersey remain closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as pharmacists, corporate chains, independent ...

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...

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...

Demanding 'Tolerance' While Being Intolerant And Selfish Won't Achieve Equality (Or Lower Life-Saving Drug Prices)

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

It's only the men and women I see working through non-gay equality and social-justice groups who seem to care about interests other than their own, and among LGBT-rights advocates there is an angry intolerance of anyone who isn't willing to toe the line.

How to Compare Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.16.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Because all Medicare Part D prescription drug plans can change their costs and coverage each calendar year, comparing plans every year during the open enrollment period (which is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7) is still the best way to ensure you don't miss out on your best deal for 2013.

The Power to Solve the Drug Overdose Crisis Is in Our Hands

Kathie Kane-Willis | Posted 12.15.2012 | Chicago
Kathie Kane-Willis

We need to make sure that we are educating our young people, our parents, our doctors, and our health care workers about heroin and opioids. We need to involve more allies in overdose prevention.

The Democratization of Health Care: The Open Formulary Movement

Gary Puckrein | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

The primary concern is controlling wages while, to the disadvantage of patients and consumers, broader medical needs such as slowing disease progression or reducing acute events are subordinated.

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...

Think of Children as an Investment, Not an Expense

Michael Piraino | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Michael Piraino

When government spending for education is heading down, what are people who care about children's success supposed to do?

21 Arrested In NYC Craigslist Prescription Drug Bust

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — The Craigslist ad offered black-market Percocet pills for sale but warned potential customers: "No LE please." Meaning: No law enforc...

Do You Have to Stay on Psychiatric Drugs Forever? No, Says Leading Psychiatrist in New Book

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 12.06.2012 | Books
Martha Rosenberg

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., has been called "the conscience of psychiatry" for his efforts to reform the mental health field.

What Are Those Prescription Drugs Doing in Your Body, Anyway?

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

If you do need to take prescription meds, understand as much as you can about them before you ingest them.

Sleep on Drugs

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Sleep experts believe that our 24/7 culture has created such pervasive sleep deprivation that abnormal sleepiness is the norm. Unfortunately, there is...

Government Makes $30 Billion From Drug Fraud Cases

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.27.2012 | Business

Drug companies paid $30.2 billion to settle 239 cases of alleged fraud against government health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid between 1991...

Terrible News For Americans On Medicare Drug Plans

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Millions of seniors enrolled in some of the most popular Medicare prescription drug plans face double-digit premium hikes next year if t...

The Meaning of Addiction Has Changed -- Addiction is Not a Characteristic of Things

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Virtually anything can be addictive for the "right" person at the "right" time -- one of stress or disorientation, when that experience holds out significant and powerful associations for the person, when the person is not inclined or able to be restrained.

When Is More Not Always Better? Advances in Science That Raise Important Questions

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

While advances in science no doubt help us in countless ways, and in no way am I suggesting we impede the development of medicines that improve the quality of our lives, we need to keep a watchful eye on the cultural pressures some unwittingly create.

New Guide: A Sane Approach to Psychiatric Drugs

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Bruce E. Levine

Millions of people believe that psychiatric medications have saved their lives, while millions of others report that their psychiatric medications were unhelpful or made things worse. All this can result in mutual disrespect for different choices.

CVS Stores Lose Licenses Over Suspicious Drug Sales

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business

Sept 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration decided to revoke the controlled substance licenses of two CVS Caremark Corp drugstores in ...

Jeffrey Young

The $6,000 Gap: How Health Care Reform Doesn't Cover Everything For Some Low-Income Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.05.2012 | Business

Sometimes, even having health insurance isn't enough. Nick Shumaker faced down the shortcomings of his coverage when he learned the medicines to treat...

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...