Chronic Pain Could Lead to Prescription Painkiller Addiction

Americans With Chronic Pain May Take Unnecessary High Doses of Prescription Painkillers A new federal report released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Monday, January 12th, reveals that, despite states cracking down on pill mills and drug-seeking behavior, prescriptions for painkillers … [Read more...]

SC Prescription Monitoring Program Can Help Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

Committee Agrees South Carolina Prescription Monitoring Program Could Help Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse In March this year, Governor Nikki Haley issued Executive Order 2014-22, which created the Governor’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council. The council was tasked with studying South … [Read more...]

Dentist Sent to Jail for Prescription Drug Fraud

Dentist Abused Prescription Drugs, Wrote Fraudulent Prescription, Going to Jail On December 3rd, a Columbia, SC-area dentist pleaded guilty to South Carolina prescription drug fraud charges, and he has now been sentenced to one year in prison. Dr. Ronald Q. Shermer pleaded guilty to the charge of … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Aims to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

As Baby Boomers Age, One Nursing Home Attempts to Curb Alcohol and Prescription Drug Abuse The Baby Boomer generation is getting older, and many nursing homes struggle just to accommodate the potential overcrowding as one of the largest generations in American history ages past retirement. However, … [Read more...]

Kentucky Files Lawsuit To Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

Kentucky Fights Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction with Lawsuit Against Pharma Companies Prescription drug abuse has been labeled an epidemic in the United States, and, because opioid painkillers have similar chemical compounds to heroin, the problem has also led to a resurgence in heroin … [Read more...]

Prescription Drug Abuse is Growing with “Dirty Sprite”

Mix of Sprite and Prescription Drugs, a.k.a. Dirty Sprite Becoming More Popular Among Young People As the epidemic of prescription drug abuse becomes worse across the country, South Carolina and other southern states are seeing a growth of a popular consumption method called “Dirty Sprite.” The … [Read more...]

DEA Allows Pharmacies to Collect Unused Prescription Drugs

Pharmacies Allowed to Collect Unused Prescription Painkillers to Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse On Monday, September 8th, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Obama Administration issued new regulations to help prevent prescription drug abuse, which include allowing pharmacies to pick … [Read more...]

Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved

FDA Approves Prescription Painkiller with Anti-Addiction Drug After a huge outcry against the powerful opioid prescription painkiller Zohydro, the FDA has approved a new version of a similar drug, but this time with naloxone, a drug that reportedly slows down the euphoric high induced by abusing … [Read more...]

SC Governor Creates Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council

Governor Nikki Haley Issues Executive Order to Create Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council On Friday, March 14th, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley issued Executive Order 2014-22, to create the Governor's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council, which will be tasked with combating the … [Read more...]

1 in 3 Medicare Recipients Get Multiple Prescription Painkillers

Study Shows Medicare Recipients Receive Prescription Painkillers from Multiple Doctors According to a new study, one in three recipients of Medicare go to multiple doctors for prescription painkillers, which can increase the risk of complications and hospitalization. The study, published in the … [Read more...]