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Prescription Drugs

Americans Too Poor To See The Doctor: Report

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.05.2012 | Business

Americans took fewer prescription drugs, visited the doctor less often, and made more trips to the emergency room for treatment as unemployment and th...

Cash-Strapped State Gets Enormous Reward For Google Investigation

AP | LAURA CRIMALDI | Posted 06.03.2012 | Business

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that participated in an investigation that resulted in Google Inc. forfeiting ...

Governor Concerned Over Medical Marijuana Law

Concord Patch | Tony Schinella | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

While he has empathy for those ill patients who need medical marijuana to get through their recoveries, Gov. John Lynch, D-Hopkinton, said today that ...

Time to Prescribe the Right Cure

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 05.22.2012 | College
The Miami Hurricane

Although prescription drugs are harmful, they do have a purpose for people who have a reason to take them. This does not include taking Adderall to study for a test. Too much of anything is bad, even if it comes with a prescription.

Setting the Record Straight: Responding to the Prescripti​on Drug Abuse Epidemic

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

The Obama administration has adopted a mainstream approach to the drug problem, employing a balance of public health and safety approaches to reduce drug use and its consequences. All of these policies are grounded in science and research -- not politics or ideology.

Unraveling the Mystery of Prescription Drug Prices

Doug Hirsch | Posted 05.15.2012 | Money
Doug Hirsch

What's going on here? Well, it turns out that the economics of prescription drugs often defy common sense.

Jeffrey Young

Stock Up On Band-Aids Now; Flexible Spending Accounts Deadline Is Here

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.12.2012 | Money

If you've got money left over in your health care flexible spending account from last year, hurry up and spend it. This tax-free employee benefit prog...

Mom Allegedly Drops Kid Off At McDonald's, Passes Out On Pills In Car

Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime

A Florida woman was found passed out on pain pills in her car while her son played inside a Deltona McDonald's, sheriff's deputies told the News-Journ...

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.

Relieving Pain in America

Myra J. Christopher | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Myra J. Christopher

Two important public health policy matters that require the attention of policy makers seem to be constantly in tension with one another: the under-treatment of chronic pain and the abuse of prescription medications.

Jeffrey Young

Fat Chance For Diet Pill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.07.2012 | Business

Drug companies and doctors have searched more than six decades for a diet pill that really works and isn't dangerous. A new drug called Qnexa is the l...

Jeffrey Young

Six Ways You're Overspending On Health Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.02.2012 | Money

There's no way around it: Health care costs a fortune. Insurance premiums, drug prices, the cost of doctor visits and hospital bills are getting b...

Is Medical Marijuana Causing These Road Fatalities?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.29.2012 | Los Angeles

Friends don't let friends drive… drugged. While drunk driving has been on the decline, drug-impaired driving has increased over at least the past...

Xanax Facts and Whitney Houston

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Reports that Xanax and other benzos are not usually lethal when taken alone are vastly misleading. Xanax is rarely taken alone. Why? Because as much or more than any other prescribed drug, Xanax causes medication spellbinding.

Jeffrey Young

You Thought Health Insurance Was Confusing, It's About To Get Worse

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business

Like many Americans, Debbie Bass' health insurance policy is utterly confounding: It's more expensive than it used to be, but the coverage is worse an...

Prescription Drug Abuse Crackdown Hits CVS

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

A crackdown by the Drug Enforcement Administration against two big health care companies this month signals that the Obama administration is putting m...

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...

Paul Blumenthal

Auction 2012: How The Drug Industry Games Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. When he first ran for president, Barack Obama...

Drugmakers Boost Prices Despite Political Risks

www.npr.org | Posted 01.14.2012 | Fifty

One thing big drug companies generally aren't keen on is being the focus of a hot political debate. In the past, the quickest way to become Exhibit...

The Medications Seniors Can't Live With -- Or Without

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

For many older Americans, their relationship with the most important drugs in their medicine cabinets can be described as "Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em."

New York State Sees Sharp Increase In Oxycodone Drug Use and Abuse

Posted 01.12.2012 | New York

A new report issued by the New York state attorney general reveals a staggering 82 percent increase in oxycodone prescriptions from from 2007 to 2010....

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.

Medication Shortages Surge To Record In 2011

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. — The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the numbe...

Top Ten Cannabis Science Stories of 2011

Russ Belville | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green
Russ Belville

Today we continue our Year-End Retrospective with a look at the biggest news stories of scientific research into cannabis, public opinion polls on legalization, and statistical research on cannabis consumers.