Report: Pills found in Prince's home contained fentanyl
Pills seized inside Prince's Paisley Park compound by investigators were labeled as hydrocodone but actually contained fentanyl -- the drug that killed the singer -- according to a source with knowledge of the investigation who revealed the informati... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Official: Pills found at Prince's estate contained fentanyl
Many pills in music star's Paisley Park estate falsely labeled as hydrocodone, and instead contained much more powerful drug (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl and a novel synthetic opioid U-47700 masquerading as street "norco" in central California: a case report - Armenian P, Olson A, Anaya A, Kurtz A, Ruegner R, Gerona RR.
In 2013 and 2014, more than 700 deaths were attributed to fentanyl and fentanyl analogues in the United States. Of recent  concern is the cluster of unintentional fentanyl overdoses because of tablets thought to be "Norco" purchased on the street in North... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns
Title: Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report WarnsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/1/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - August 1, 2016 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns
New street drug combines two synthetic opioids (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl-Laced'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns
New street drug combines two synthetic opioids Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Drug Abuse, Pain Relievers (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl-Laced'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns
FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 -- A street drug sold illegally as the prescription painkiller Norco is much stronger and more dangerous than the real medication, researchers warn. " Street Norco is almost indistinguishable from brand-name Norco in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 29, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Counterfeit Norco containing fentanyl and the synthetic opioid U-47700
3 out of 5 stars Fentanyl and a Novel Synthetic Opioid U-47700 Masquerading as Street “Norco” in Central California: A Case Report. Armenian P et al. Ann Emerg Med 2016 [Epub ahead of print] Full Text In a recent “Toxicology Rounds” column for Emergency Medicine News, I pointed out that designer opioids such as U-47700 are being identified in street drug specimens and overdose cases with increasing frequency. Knowing this, I was not really surprised when it was announced last week that the autopsy on music superstar Prince confirmed the presence of U-47700, as well as fentanyl. U...
Source: The Poison Review - July 29, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical counterfeit Norco synthetic opioid U-47700 Source Type: news

Street'Norco' looks like the real thing but really, really isn't
A new article warns that a new street drug combining fentanyl and a novel synthetic opioid is being marketed illicitly as Norco but is much stronger and much more dangerous. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Street Norco looks like the real thing but really, really isn't
( American College of Emergency Physicians ) A paper published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine warns that a new street drug combining fentanyl and a novel synthetic opioid is being marketed illicitly as Norco but is much stronger and much more dangerous. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Study Finds Drop In Prescription Drugs In Medical Marijuana States
States looking for a way to reduce Medicare spending and prescription drug use may want to turn to legalizing medical marijuana, a new study suggests. The District of Columbia and the 17 states that had medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs in 2013 saved an estimated total of $165.2 million in Medicare program and enrollee spending that year, researchers at the University of Georgia reported in the journal Health Affairs this month. “The results suggest that if all states had implemented medical marijuana the overall savings to Medicare would have been around $468 million,” a press release o...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 24, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study Finds Drop In Prescription Drugs In Medical Marijuana States
States looking for a way to reduce Medicare spending and prescription drug use may want to turn to legalizing medical marijuana, a new study suggests. The District of Columbia and the 17 states that had medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs in 2013 saved an estimated total of $165.2 million in Medicare program and enrollee spending that year, researchers at the University of Georgia reported in the journal Health Affairs this month. “The results suggest that if all states had implemented medical marijuana the overall savings to Medicare would have been around $468 million,” a press release o...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vicodin ES (Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - July 18, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Addiction and Overdose Fuel Opioid Crisis
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths from opioid pain medication has quadrupled over the past 15 years. Some common medications involved in the overdoses include oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine. Mayo Clinic pain medication expert Dr. Mike Hooten says there is an opioid crisis in the U.S. In [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 13, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Common Surgeries Raise Risk for Opioid Dependence: Study
MONDAY, July 11, 2016 -- After knee surgery and other common operations, patients have an elevated risk of growing dependent on opioid painkillers, a new study finds. These prescription painkillers include hydrocodone (Vycodin, Lortab), oxycodone... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 11, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

No end in sight: the abuse of prescription narcotics - Cicero TJ.
From teenagers dying from heroin overdoses to crime tied to Vicodin and OxyContin addiction to road fatalities in which sedatives and muscle relaxants are involved, 20,000 deaths in the United States in 2014 were attributed to problems associated with narc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

States' New Opioid Limits Being Met With Some Resistance
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. For governors and lawmakers in nearly every state, the soaring overdose death toll from prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl has become an urgent priority. Lawmakers in dozens of states took decisive action this year to stanch the flow of prescription pain drugs and help those addicted to them. Roughly 2.5 millionAmericans are addicted to opioids, and more than 28,000 people died of overdosesof painkillers or heroin in 20...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 -- Programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse are effective but underused, a new study suggests. Misuse of prescription pain medicines such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), codeine and morphine... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 28, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

How Nursing Is Helping To Combat The Opioid Epidemic
The opioid epidemic knows no boundaries. The epidemic is not limited to race, profession or socioeconomic status. Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (heroin and prescribed opioids) nearly quadrupled with more people dying from drug overdoses in 2014 than recorded in any prior year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. At least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. Despite recent initiatives that have been put into place to curb the number of opioid related deaths, such as public availabilit...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study
THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 -- Drug monitoring programs appear to help reduce deaths from prescription painkillers called opioids, a new study finds. In an effort to curb overdose deaths from powerful painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, all... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 23, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Oregon adopts statewide standard for prescribing opioids
A statewide task force has decided that Oregon should follow the guidelines set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on opioid prescribing for chronic pain, in hopes of reducing drug overdoses. The CDC guidelines are intended to improve communication between prescribers and patients about the risks and benefits of painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin and to improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment. Price of Addiction: Read more about the opioid epidemic in… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 15, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Gender difference in prescription opioid abuse: a focus on oxycodone and hydrocodone - Graziani M, Nisticò R.
Several data gathered in the last decade indicate an increase of abuse of prescription opioid drugs oxycodone (OXY) and hydrocodone (HYDRO) in women. However, to date there are no conclusive evidences investigating the gender-dependent abuse liability of p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

FDA Committee Supports Approval of Vantrela ERFDA Committee Supports Approval of Vantrela ER
An FDA committee supports approval of Vantrela ER, an extended-release hydrocodone product for pain management. It also recommends that the labelng for the drug reflect its abuse-deterrence properties. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Don't dump old pills; here's how to dispose of them safely
Opioids like Vicodin and Percocet are commonly prescribed to dull pain after medical procedures and to treat chronic pain. They also commonly languish in medicine cabinets, sometimes for years, making easy pickings for someone with an addiction.Popular: Radical Islam in America | Graham Opposes Republican Leader | Guns in America (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teva Gains Recommendation for Approval from FDA Advisory Committees for Vantrela ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) Extended-Release Tablets
JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 7, 2016-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced that the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee of the... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications - June 7, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Opioids Don’t Provide Much Relief For Back Pain Sufferers, Researchers Say
BOSTON (CBS) — Many people with chronic back pain request opioid pain killers like Oxycodone or Vicodin to control their back pain, but a recent analysis found those drugs don’t significantly improve back pain or disability. A man receives treatment for back pain. (WBZ-TV) Researchers say there are better ways to approach back pain, such as doing back exercises and staying active. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Back Pain Dr. Mallika Marshall opioids Source Type: news

A Shocking Number Of Parents Keep Their Kids' Leftover Opioids
Nearly half of parents whose children were once prescribed pain medication kept the leftover pills at home, a new poll finds. Nearly one-third of the parents who participated in the poll reported that their children had been prescribed at least one pain medication, most often related to surgery, illness or injury. Of these prescriptions, 60 percent were for opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, according to the results from the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Half of the parents reported that their children had leftover medication from the prescription, according to the poll.  &qu...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zyfrel (Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Oral Solution ) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 18, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

10 Things Your Pharmacist Wants You To Know
SPECIAL FROM 1. Don't store medication in the bathroom. The bathroom is probably the last place in house where you should keep your medication—especially your pills, tablets, or capsules. Why? Because the moisture and extreme temperature changes can weaken your medications or cause your medications to spoil before their expiration dates. You’re better off keeping your medications on your nightstand or in a kitchen cabinet away from the stove. Just make sure when grandkids come visit that medications are stored somewhere safely away and out of sight. 2. Don't flush medication down the toilet. With the ex...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should you tough out pain or take painkillers?
You're in pain, and your doctor wants you to give you a heavy-duty drug like OxyContin or Vicodin or Percocet. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A patient's guide to prescription painkillers
You're in pain, and your doctor wants you to give you a heavy-duty drug like OxyContin or Vicodin or Percocet. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A patient's guide to prescription painkillers
You're in pain, and your doctor wants you to give you a heavy-duty drug like OxyContin or Vicodin or Percocet. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Misuse: America's Not So Silent Killer
As America and the world mourns the death of music icon Prince, there has been speculation that his death was the result an opioid overdose. Yet, the music icon was known for his healthy lifestyle and his rejection of the drug culture that has become a cliché when talking about rock stars. The death of Prince underscores the opioid abuse epidemic in America that is created by the over-prescribing of opioids to treat pain known by names like Percocet, OxyContin, Fentanyl and Vicodin. Last year, American doctors prescribed enough opioids to give every American adult a one-month supply. 30 tablets that could lead to a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What you need to know about fentanyl
The United States is in the midst of a drug crisis, with a 200% increase in the rate of opioid overdose deaths since 2000. Opioids are a class of drugs derived from the opium poppy, like morphine, codeine or heroin, but they also include the latest concern: synthetics like oxycodone, hydrocodone and the extremely potent fentanyl. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Prescription painkiller drugs kill 40 Americans every single day
(NaturalNews) Prescription painkiller drugs like OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone) are now directly responsible for killing 40 Americans every single day. This disturbing fact comes from new data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prince's Death Is an Opportunity to Talk to Our Kids About the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse
Prince is seemingly now part of a rising death toll related to opioid use, and his death spotlights a growing threat to the health and safety of teens and adults alike. Two years ago, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported 28,000 deaths from opioid overdose. Today, it reports two million Americans are addicted to these medications. The reason opioids like morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone are problematic is that they are highly addictive and increasingly over-prescribed by doctors - so much so that the CDC recently had to publish guidelines for prescribing physicians. Prescription opioids are also to blame for ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Comparison of unintentional exposures to codeine and hydrocodone reported to Texas poison centers - Day L, Kleinschmidt K, Forrester MB, Feng SY.
Background Hydrocodone has recently been reclassified as a Schedule II drug by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Food and Drug Administration in order to curtail prescription drug abuse. There is concern that analgesic substitutes, suc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High
THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 -- Searching for an alternative to opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, some addicts are now turning to the diarrhea drug Imodium for a high, researchers say. This abuse of Imodium -- with its key ingredient,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Zamicet (Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Oral Solution) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 2, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Counterfeit Norco poisoning outbreak - San Francisco Bay Area, California, March 25-April 5, 2016 - Vo KT, van Wijk XM, Lynch KL, Wu AH, Smollin CG.
On March 28, 2016, two patients were evaluated at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center emergency department (ED) in Contra Costa County, California, for nausea, vomiting, central nervous system depression, and respiratory depression, 30 minutes after i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Counterfeit Norco Poisoning Outbreak — San Francisco Bay Area, California, March 25–April 5, 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 29, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Counterfeit Norco Tablets in California Found to Be Adulterated with Fentanyl (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD Counterfeit Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets have led to several hospitalizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The drugs, purchased on the street, have been found to contain fentanyl and promethazine, according to an … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - April 28, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Could Marijuana Help Treat Painkiller And Heroin Addiction?
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers. It’s a tempting sell in New England, hard hit by the painkiller and heroin crisis, with a problem: There is very little research showing marijuana works as a treatment for the addiction. Advocates argue a growing body of scientific literature supports the idea, pointing to a study in the Journal of Pain this ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Heroin Marijuana Medical Marijuana opioid crisis Source Type: news

EARLY RELEASE: Counterfeit Norco Poisoning Outbreak — San Francisco Bay Area, California, March 25–April 5, 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 26, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Vituz (Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Chlorpheniramine Maleate) Oral Solution) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - April 8, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Buprenorphine: A Key Ingredient in the Fight to Solve America's Pain Crisis
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -- Lao Tzu Over the last few weeks, the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the president of the United States have all separately hit the emergency button over the subject of chronic pain treatment and opioid pain killers. Concerns over the rising tide of pain killer addiction, accidental overdose deaths, and a carryover effect causing a steep rise in heroin use have made this a "code blue" emergency for Washington. President Obama has made it clear that addressing the opioid epidemic is now an administ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Treatment Could Alleviate Chronic Pain Without Opioid Medications
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have been working on a new way to treat chronic pain -- and it just might help curb the rampant abuse of opioid medicines prescribed for pain management. Using a wireless device, the researchers demonstrated in lab rats how electrically stimulating an area hidden deep in the brain could relieve long-term pain. The method could offer a new way to alleviate chronic pain without the negative side effects of opioid medications, said Dr. Yuan Bo Peng, a psychology professor at the university and a corresponding author of the new research. Each day, more tha...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Treatment Could Alleviate Chronic Pain Without Opioid Medications
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have been working on a new way to treat chronic pain -- and it just might help curb the rampant abuse of opioid medicines prescribed for pain management. Using a wireless device, the researchers demonstrated in lab rats how electrically stimulating an area hidden deep in the brain could relieve long-term pain. The method could offer a new way to alleviate chronic pain without the negative side effects of opioid medications, said Dr. Yuan Bo Peng, a psychology professor at the university and a corresponding author of the new research. Each day, more tha...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New depression diagnosis following prescription of codeine, hydrocodone or oxycodone - Scherrer JF, Salas J, Bucholz KK, Schneider FD, Burroughs T, Copeland LA, Sullivan MD, Lustman PJ.
PURPOSE: Longer duration of prescription opioid use is associated with risk of major depression after controlling for daily morphine equivalent dose and pain. It is not known if risk of depression varies as a function of the type of opioid prescribed. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A monthly shot for opioid addiction: An option for some
On average, 44 people in the United States die every day from an overdose of opioid prescription painkillers. These drugs — such as Vicodin, Percocet, codeine, and morphine — reduce the brain’s recognition of pain by binding to certain receptors in the body. With continued use, a person can develop a physical dependence on these drugs, such that withdrawal symptoms occur if the drug is stopped. These drugs can also cause a “high.” Both of these effects contribute to addiction — that is, the loss of control around the use of a drug, even though it causes harm to the person. Addiction to o...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - April 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Wynne Armand, MD Tags: Addiction Behavioral Health Mental Health Source Type: news