Category Archive for: ‘Drug Abuse’

Over-the-Counter Overdoses

October 1, 2009emsresponder.comKevin Thomas Collopy, BA, CCEMT-P, NREMT-P, WEMT Over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse is on the rise. Since 2000 there has been a fourfold increase in abuse of cold medicine. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are the third most commonly intentionally overdosed medicine. Acetaminophen overdose is responsible for the greatest number of drug overdose hospital admissions in developed countries. Hundreds of …

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Methadone Deaths Jump Sharply in Recent Years

October 1, 2009www.msnbc.comAndy Miller The potential danger was underscored in a new federal report that said the number of deaths involving methadone jumped nearly sevenfold from 1999 to 2006. The rise in methadone-related fatalities was faster than increases in deaths from other opioid analgesics — drugs usually prescribed to relieve pain such as OxyContin and fentanyl — and from other …

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FDA Approves Embeda™ For Management of Moderate to Severe Chronic Pain

August 13, 2009PRNewsWIre King Pharmaceuticals®, Inc. (NYSE:KG) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved EMBEDA™ (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride) Extended Release Capsules for oral use, a long-acting Schedule II opioid analgesic for the management of moderate to severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic is needed for an extended period of time. EMBEDA™ …

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New Study Blames Prescription Drugs for Bulk of Fatal Overdoses

By Jessica CalefatiDecember 10, 2008USNews.com Research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms the growing threat posed by abuse of prescription opiates and calls on clinicians to help prevent future cases of addiction and overdose. The study, authored by Aron Hall, finds that a majority of drug overdose deaths in West Virginia in 2006 are linked …

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Prescription Pill Deaths Soar

November 13, 2008 Prescription pill deaths soarNational trend is even more pronounced in Washington By VANESSA HOP-I REPORTER More people are dying from prescription painkillers than ever before in a national epidemic that’s eclipsing past drug scourges, including heroin overdoses in the ’70s and crack cocaine deaths in the early ’90s. The trend, reported by the Centers for Disease Control …

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Painkiller Prescriptions Jump for Injured Troops

By Gregg ZoroyaUSA TODAYOctober 20, 2008 WASHINGTON — Narcotic pain-relief prescriptions for injured U.S. troops have jumped from 30,000 a month to 50,000 since the Iraq war began, raising concerns about the drugs’ potential abuse and addiction, says a leading Army pain expert. The sharp rise in outpatient prescriptions paid for by the government suggests doctors rely too heavily on …

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