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Prescription Drugs

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...

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.

Dr. Kevin Sabet's Anti-Marijuana Legalization Arguments Debunked

Russ Belville | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Russ Belville

Dr. Sabet says legalization of marijuana would increase abuse, thereby increasing arrests, thereby leading to more costs.

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...

How To Save Money On Prescription Drugs

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 08.15.2012 | Money

TRENTON, N.J. -- Struggling to pay for your prescription medication? You're far from alone: Studies show roughly a quarter of patients don't take med...

6 Tips for Managing the Cost of Your Prescription Medications

Women & Co | Posted 10.09.2012 | Money
Women & Co

Cutting back on pharmaceutical costs -- without cutting back on the medicine you need -- is easier than you think.

Big Pharma Is Basically An Advertising Industry

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Big Pharma might be working a lot harder to sell you products than to develop new ones. Prescription drug companies aren't putting a lot of resourc...

Are Prescription Drugs Making Us Any Healthier?

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

I know that prescription medications can help many people turn their health around, and I don't want to suggest that prescription drugs are all bad. But they are powerful enough to change our physiology and for this reason should not be taken lightly.

Generic Drugs Have Cut U.S. Health Care Costs By Over $1 Trillion

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 08.02.2012 | Money

TRENTON, N.J. -- Growing use of generic medicines has reduced U.S. health care spending by more than $1 trillion over the past decade, according to an...

Big Pharma: Take it Back -- Protect Our Water and Health

Larry_Cohen | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry_Cohen

Safe collection and disposal policies keep medications out of landfills, groundwater and drinking water, and reduce risks of poisoning, suicide, and antibiotic resistance.

It’s Past Time To Make Room For Spirituality In Mental Health Care

Christopher Gordon, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Christopher Gordon, M.D.

It's a rare case when a person's problems are satisfactorily resolved by a prescription alone. Much more commonly, anxiety or depression or other symptoms are part of a larger picture, requiring a more complex solution.

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.