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Kids Getting Hands on Adults’ Pain Pills, Study Finds

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By JoAnne Viviano The Columbus Dispatch March 20,2017 Poison-control centers nationwide receive calls about children and teenagers exposed to opioid-prescription pain pills an average of 32 times a day, a new study shows. That’s once every 45 minutes. Centers received 188,468 such calls from 2000 through 2015, according to the study by the Center for […]

Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study

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By Steven Reinberg HealthDay News March 15, 2017 Mixing opioid painkillers with common anxiety and sleep medications is a prescription for a deadly overdose, a new U.S. study shows. Of all fatal overdoses from narcotic medications, nearly 30 percent also involved benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Klonopin and Valium, the researchers said. “It’s not news that this […]

Lethal Opiates Delivered By Mail From China, Killing Addicts In The U.S.

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Arun Rath NPR: Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday March 11, 2017 Carfentanil is an opiate 10,000 times more powerful than morphine. And since last summer, it’s been killing addicts and confounding first responders across the country. The drug was never intended to be consumed by humans. But it has been used to kill and immobilize […]

Surgeons Were Told to Stop Prescribing So Many Painkillers. The Results Were Remarkable.

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By Lenny Bernstein The Washington Post March 7, 2017 The head of general surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center had a remarkably simple idea not long ago: What if the department suggested that surgeons limit prescriptions of narcotic pain pills to a specific number for different kinds of operations? The results were dramatic: The number of […]

Alert Issued for Non-Narcotic Pain Pill That’s Increasingly Abused

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by Michele Newell ABCNews 6 March 6, 2017 An alert was issued out about a pill that doctors say heroin addicts are now abusing. The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network sent out the alert about the abuse of Gabapentin, which is more commonly known for it’s brand name: Neurontin. Investigators with OSAM said there’s been […]

After The Save: A Drug Can Reverse an Overdose. Then What?

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By: Arielle Levin Becker  The Connecticut Mirror January 25, 2017 Dr. William Horgan has seen his share of patients go through life-changing experiences – and the changes that come from them. “A chronic smoker who has a heart attack and then recovers, the likelihood of them picking a cigarette back up is so infinitesimally small,” […]

Resetting Household Rules Important for Teens With Substance Use Disorders

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Partnership For Drug-Free Kids By: Celia Vimont January 5, 2017 Setting new household rules for teens in treatment for a substance use disorder can be challenging for parents. But it is important because research shows that teens do take their parents’ attitudes, opinions and beliefs into account when they make choices about substance use, says […]

Opioids and Alcohol a Dangerous Cocktail

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Healthday News February 8, 2017 Drinking alcohol while taking powerful opioid painkillers can trigger a potentially deadly respiratory problem, particularly in seniors, a new study warns. “Unfortunately, we’re seeing more fatalities and people in emergency rooms after having misused or abused legally prescribed opioids, like oxycodone, while having consumed alcohol,” said study author Dr. Albert […]

Kids of the Opioid Epidemic Find Out They’re Not Alone

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By Reilly Capps Rooster January 30, 2017 They are the smallest victims of America’s biggest drug crisis. In a nondescript brick building in Aurora, Colo., a bunch of kids, ranging in age from age 7 to 12, regularly gather in a circle to talk about their families. They draw pictures of the bad things that […]