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...]

Study Finds Prescription Painkiller Dangers Outweigh Benefits

Doctors’ Group Issues Warnings About Prescription Painkiller Dangers The American Academy of Neurology released a statement on Monday, September 29th, that studies show prescription painkiller dangers outweigh the benefits when treating chronic pain problems like migraines, low back pain, and … [Read more...]

Prescription Painkiller Addiction Down, Heroin Addiction Up

Prescription Painkiller Addiction and Death Dropping, but Heroin Addiction on the Rise New federal data from the Centers for Disease Control show that prescription painkiller addiction and death tolls are finally dropping for the first time since 1999. However, another opioid addiction is on the … [Read more...]

18 Suspects Plead Guilty to Roles in Beaufort Drug Ring

18 Plead Guilty to Trafficking Cocaine, Prescription Drugs for Beaufort Drug Ring In August 2012, an indictment led to the arrest of 32 people linked to a Beaufort County, SC drug ring that sold cocaine and prescription drugs for years in the area. Now, 18 suspects have pleaded guilty in federal … [Read more...]

Prescription Painkillers Leading Cause of Kids’ Accidental Poisoning

Small Number of Prescription Painkillers, Sedatives Top Culprits Behind Accidental Poisoning in Children A government-backed study found that a small number of prescription drugs, particularly prescription painkillers and sedatives, were the leading causes behind accidental poisoning and emergency … [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...]

Oxycodone Conspiracy Leads to Sentence for Federal Charges

Oxycodone Conspiracy Leads to Federal Charges, Convictions Three members of a Oxycodone conspiracy in upstate South Carolina who distributed the regulated narcotic painkiller Oxycodone were sentenced on federal charges in court on Wednesday, August 20th. Lance C. Tew, 26, Jessica R. Hollingsworth, … [Read more...]

DEA Will Restrict Prescription Painkiller Use

DEA Issues Rules to Restrict Prescription Painkiller Use to Curb Abuse On Thursday, August 21st, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it would restrict prescription painkiller use in the US in order to curb the use of some of the most common rising problem of narcotic drug … [Read more...]

Mass. Governor Seeks Limits on Zohydro

After Federal Judge Strikes Down Ban on Zohydro, Massachusetts Governor Seeks Legal Limitations Recently, a federal judge struck down Massachusetts’s ban on Zohydro, a powerful new opioid painkiller that many legislators fear could be more addictive than oxycodone or hydrocodone. Now, Massachusetts … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Blocks Zohydro Sales

Massachusetts Bans Sale of Powerful Prescription Painkiller Zohydro Officials in Massachusetts agreed to block the sale of the controversial, but FDA-approved, prescription painkiller, Zohydro. Governor Deval Patrick announced the ban on the prescription painkiller on Thursday, March 27th, and … [Read more...]