3 hrs ago
Foster's Daily Democrat
Friends common source of abused prescription meds
Most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, while drug dealers are a relatively uncommon source for those at highest risk for deadly overdoses, a government study found.
Mon Mar 10, 2014
Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City police seek Oxycontin robber
Police released photos and a description of the masked suspect on Monday afternoon, hoping someone can identify him from the Feb. 19 robbery.
Employers voice concern about drug usage
According to the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Association, employers are finding more dealings with workers who abuse easily obtainable prescriptions such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and other pain medications.
Former Center Township Doctor Wilcox Awaiting Trial On Drug Charges
Dr. Simmon Lee Wilcox has been charged in federal district court with two counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and four counts of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Digital Citizens Alliance Calls On Google To Stop Profiting From...
The Digital Citizens Alliance today called on Google to stop profiting from a myriad of illegal and dangerous activities that take place on YouTube.
Reversing the epidemic of drug overdoses
The evening news is filled with fatal car crashes and shootings. But drug overdoses kill nearly 40,000 people a year, accounting for more deaths than vehicular accidents or homicides.
Sat Mar 08, 2014
The Indianapolis Star
Indy's heroin epidemic: It's cheap, easy to get, deadly
One minute, he was sitting in his step-father's pickup truck, parked in the driveway of his mother's South Bend home.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Deb Anderson-Berardo: Prescription drugs is where problem starts
Heroin. It gets our attention. Especially when someone dies. It conjures up fear and disgust and seems so far away from us and our busy lives.
Potent new painkiller stokes alarm in US
A potent new painkiller hit the US market this week, despite warnings from top experts that the drug may deliver a deadly setback in America's battle with opioid addiction.
Fri Mar 07, 2014
Point Pleasant Register
Three overdose deaths reported in one week
The deaths were confirmed by Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers and have been the topic of discussion among those in local social service agencies.
Workers at Milwaukee's VA Hospital charged
A DAY AFTER WE FIRST REPORTED ON AN INVESTIGATION AT THE VA HOSPITAL... FOUR STAFF MEMBERS ARE NOW CHARGED WITH FELONIES.
Television Without Pity
We Do Not Touch the First Ladies
Cyrus gets Vanessa an exclusive interview with President in hopes of getting her to reveal her source.
Narcan can save lives but it's no answer
The guy who gave me my most recent haircut is dead. He died in his sleep, a peaceful death no doubt, floating away on a narcotic high, no regrets, no fear, just oblivion.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Experts: Officials missed signs of prescription drug crackdown's effect on heroin use
From the beginning, the U.S. government's decade-long crackdown on prescription drug abuse has run an unsettling risk: that arresting doctors and shuttering "pill mills" would inadvertently fuel a new epidemic of heroin use.
Popping prescribed pills
Earlier this week, the LA Times had a good article on a study that traced where people who overdosed on prescription drug opiods got their pills: The study, published Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
Are You Handing Out Prescription Painkillers? [AUDIO]
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds most people who abuse prescription painkillers are getting them for free from friends and relatives, not rogue doctors or the black market.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
Release of powerful painkiller Zohydro has officials worried
Law enforcement and medical experts are worried about the imminent release of a powerful new painkiller they say will only exacerbate the state's twin epidemics of prescription drug and heroin abuse.
Globe and Mail
Addiction to prescription opiates is almost always a symptom of deeper suffering
According to a recent survey, Ontario high-school students are more likely to use OxyContin than smoke cigarettes.
The Jersey Journal
Drug addiction an urgent priority among mental health professionals: Opinion
As a doctor with decades of experience in treating drug addiction, I am often frustrated by the common misperception that addiction is primarily a problem among the fringes of society.
Lack of protocol partly responsible for drug-lab crisis
A chemist who admitted faking test results in criminal cases was the "sole bad actor" in a scandal that forced the shutdown of a state drug lab in Boston, but the facility also was plagued by management failures, inadequate training and a lack of protocols, a report released Tuesday found.