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West Virginia Governor's Brother Faces Drug Charge

AP | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's brother is facing a federal drug distribution charge. A federal information charges ...

Zohydro: The FDA-Approved Prescription for Addiction

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

In a few weeks, a powerful new opioid painkiller called Zohydro is expected to hit the market. Zohydro's easily crushed capsules will contain up to 50 milligrams of pure hydrocodone, 10 times more hydrocodone than a regular Vicodin. One capsule will pack enough to kill a child.

Jillian Berman

How A Big Drug Company Inadvertently Got Americans Hooked On Heroin

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business

When she was 18, Arielle would come home every day and embark on what she calls an “Easter egg hunt." She wasn’t looking for candy. Arielle was hu...

These Charts Show Just How Bad America's Heroin Problem Has Become

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

Heroin use is on the rise in the United States. The number of Americans using the drug has increased by about 50 percent in the past decade, accord...

Two Of America's Biggest Drug Problems Are Intertwined

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Business

Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death last weekend has placed a renewed spotlight on the nation's heroin epidemic, a problem that has grown much, m...

CDC's Top 10: Five for 2013, Five for 2014

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Despite the cuts, we continue to protect and improve the health of individuals, families, our communities, our country and of people across the globe. It's our passion and what makes us feel so fortunate to do the work we do.

Better Pain Management Is Essential for Reducing Addiction to Prescription Painkillers

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Too many prescription painkillers are used when alternatives may work. Physicians need to be far more cautious about prescribing them. The NYC DOH and other public health agencies are right about this. But there should be another dimension to their campaign.

FDA Recommends Restricting Access To Common Prescription Painkillers

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended tighter restrictions on p...

Women in Pain

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

One of the most striking aspects of this tragic increase in women dying from painkiller overdose is its occurrence in the context of a well-documented history of the under-treatment of women in pain.

The American Scream: Women and Painkillers

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

Although I think it's tragic that this epidemic is what's causing legislators to stand up and do something about the shocking numbers of women who are overdosing on prescription drugs, I am also someone who is grateful that it is happening within my lifetime.

How A Hospital In Tennessee Is Helping Drug-Dependent Babies

AP | SHEILA BURKE | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- He's less than two weeks old, but he shows the telltale signs of a baby agitated and in pain: an open sore on his chin where he's ...

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...

What a Pain to Manage Pain

Karen Firestone | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Firestone

The medical profession faces the dueling challenges of addressing the acute pain that accompanies almost all medical procedures and also reducing any unintentional drug addiction.

The Pain Wars

Radley Balko | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

Last year I wrote a three-part series for Huffington Post that asked some questions about the latest panic over opioid painkillers, and its effect on ...

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.

Despite Advances, Pain Is Still a Pain to Deal With

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Ever since medicine first figured out how to relieve the horrific pain of surgery with something more effective than a swig of whiskey, we have been on a quest to further prevent and treat all manner of human pain.

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...

'Drug Tourists' Cause Headache For Law Enforcement

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 07.09.2012 | Crime

LEBANON, Ohio -- As he sat in the doctor's office, ex-boxer and weightlifter Gerald Dixon explained that years of sports had left him in pain, especia...

Rx Drugs a Growing Problem Among Teenagers

Alexandra Pisano | Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Pisano

The most dangerous drugs may be much closer to home than you think. In fact, they may already be in your home. You may be worried about your teenager's relationship with drugs, but this is probably a good time to start talking to your younger children, too.

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.

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.

Prescription Painkillers: When They Stop Helping And Start Hurting

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Sadly, these signs of becoming addicted to a prescription painkiller often go unnoticed. That is why it is important to monitor changes that take place after a painkiller is prescribed.

The New Panic Over Prescription Painkillers

Radley Balko | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

How can we be facing an epidemic of overdose deaths wrought by too many prescriptions for painkillers and, at the same time, be facing a public health crisis of undertreated pain?

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.