News tagged with prescription painkillers

Big cities take aim at prescription painkillers

Some of the nation's largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets.

Sep 16, 2014
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Study finds doctors prescribing more sedatives

(HealthDay)—Doctors in the United States are writing more prescriptions for sedatives than ever before, and the frequent use of these powerful drugs in combination with narcotic painkillers may be causing ...

Mar 08, 2014
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Study: Friends common source of abused 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 U.S. government study ...

Mar 04, 2014
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Networking fuels painkiller boom

Prescriptions for narcotic painkillers soared so much over the last decade that by 2010 enough were being dispensed to medicate every adult in the United States around the clock for a month.

Feb 20, 2012
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US: Heroin an urgent 'public health crisis'

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called an increase in heroin-related deaths an "urgent and growing public health crisis" and said first responders should carry with them a drug that can reverse the effects of ...

Mar 10, 2014
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