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

Couterfeit street Norco tablets linked to deaths and overdose cases in Sacramento
The Sacramento County Division of Public Health has received reports from local hospital emergency departments of at least 12 poisoning overdoses within the last 48 hours associated with ingestion of street Norco tablets that may be contaminated... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 31, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

U.S. Jails Are Killing People Going Through Opioid Withdrawals
Conclusions **Gorski lists five symptoms of Post Incarceration Syndrome: 1) Institutionalized Personality Traits; 2) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; 3) Antisocial Personality Traits; 4) Social-Sensory Deprivation Syndrome; and 5) Reactive Substance Use Disorders, and indicates symptoms are most severe in prisoners incarcerated for longer than a year, who have multiple episodes of incarceration, have little to no access to educational/vocational training, are subject to 30 days solitary confinement, or have experienced severe trauma as a result of institutional abuse--meaning an extremely large segment of the formerly incar...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent
THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 -- Continuing their push to combat the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Thursday urged generic drug makers to take steps to redesign potent drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone to make... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 24, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

‘Black box’ addiction warnings added to common prescription painkillers
The US Food and Drug Administration will add its strongest warning labels to prescription opioids, such as Vicodin and Percocet, highlighting the risks of addiction, abuse, overdose and death. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA adds boldest warning to most widely used painkillers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators will bolster warning labels on the most widely used prescription painkillers, part a multi-pronged federal effort to reverse an epidemic of abuse and death tied to drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fast-Acting Opioids Get New Boxed Warning
(MedPage Today) -- FDA strengthens risk labeling for drugs such as Vicodin (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 22, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Short-Acting Opioids Get New Boxed Warning
(MedPage Today) -- FDA strengthens risk labeling for drugs such as Vicodin (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - March 22, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

FDA Orders Warnings on Narcotic Painkillers
Immediate-release versions of addictive meds such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin to be affected (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers
Immediate-release versions of addictive meds such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin to be affected (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers
Immediate-release versions of addictive meds such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin to be affected Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Pain Relievers (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA adds strongest warning to widely-used painkillers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators will bolster warning labels on the most widely used prescription painkillers, part a multi-pronged federal effort to reverse an epidemic of abuse and death tied to drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC's tough new painkiller guidelines surpass Portland standard
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s controversial opioid prescribing guidelines, released earlier this week, go further than the standard adopted by Portland-area health systems late last year. The recommendations call for doctors who prescribe painkillers such as OxyContin or Vicodin to start with the lowest effective dose. They should also carefully weigh the benefits and risks before increasing the dose to 50 morphine-milligram equivalents, while 90 is in the red zone. The Portland… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 17, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

CDC Aims to Curb Painkiller Prescriptions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging primary care doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. Opioid drugs include medications like morphine and oxycodone as well as illegal narcotics like heroin. ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 16, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: General News Medications & Pharmacology Source Type: news

CDC Aims to Curb Painkiller Prescriptions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging primary care doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. Opioid drugs include medications like morphine and oxycodone as well as illegal narcotics like heroin. ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 16, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: General News Medications & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New CDC Guidelines Seek Doctors' Help In Fighting Opioid Epidemic
In an effort to curb America's deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain. The new guidelines, issued Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are directed at primary care providers, who issue about half of all opioid prescriptions.  Since 1999, such prescriptions and sales have quadrupled in the United States, a boom that the CDC said has "helped create and fuel" the current epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. In 2012 alone, d...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New CDC Guidelines Seek Doctors' Help In Fighting Opioid Epidemic
In an effort to curb America's deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain. The new guidelines, issued Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are directed at primary care providers, who issue about half of all opioid prescriptions.  Since 1999, such prescriptions and sales have quadrupled in the United States, a boom that the CDC said has "helped create and fuel" the current epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. In 2012 alone, d...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New CDC Guidelines Aim To Reduce Painkiller Prescribing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging general doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. Opioid drugs include medications like morphine and oxycodone as well as illegal narcotics like heroin. RELATED...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News CDC opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Issues Tough New Guidelines on Use of Prescription Painkillers
TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 -- Hoping to stem an epidemic of drug abuse tied to prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin, federal officials on Tuesday issued tough new prescribing guidelines to the nation's doctors. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Trends in analgesic exposures reported to Texas Poison Centers following increased regulation of hydrocodone - Haynes A, Kleinschmidt K, Forrester MB, Young A.
CONTEXT: In October 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration reclassified hydrocodone to schedule II, increasing regulations on use. The impact of rescheduling hydrocodone on opioid exposures is unclear, especially in states with special restrictions requ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

What Should I Do About a Forged Prescription?What Should I Do About a Forged Prescription?
A pharmacist detects a prescription for hydrocodone forged with a nurse practitioner's signature. Opinions differ on what action to take. Does the law help? Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - February 22, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: Nursing Ask the Expert Source Type: news

Efforts Expand on Abuse-Deterrent Hydrocodone
Hard to abuse (MedPage Today) -- but what will happen in real world is still unclear (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 20, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Coronary artery vasospasm induced by cocaine (maybe)
2.5 out of 5 stars Cocaine-Induced Coronary Artery Vasospasm. Almaddah N, Ajayi TO. N Engl J Med 2016 Feb 4;374:e5 Full Text with video In a series of amazing studies that are now about three decades old, Richard Lange and his colleagues at Parkland Hospital in Dallas investigated the cardiovascular effects of administering intranasal cocaine to patients to patients during cardiac catheterization for routine workup of chest pain. In an initial study, the group demonstrated that cocaine produced coronary artery vasoconstriction that was relieved by nitroglycerin and exacerbated by smo...
Source: The Poison Review - February 4, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical cardiovascular effects cocaine coronary artery vasospasm Source Type: news

Intranasal abuse potential, pharmacokinetics, and safety of once-daily, single-entity, extended-release hydrocodone (HYD) in recreational opioid users - Harris SC, Cipriano A, Colucci SV, Kapil RP, Geoffroy P, Hopyan T, Levy-Cooperman N.
This study evaluated the intranasal abuse potential an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Abrupt Dip in Hydrocodone Prescriptions After ReschedulingAbrupt Dip in Hydrocodone Prescriptions After Rescheduling
Primary care doctors and surgeons account for most of the change in prescription of hydrocodone combination products, new data suggest. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - January 26, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Markey puts hold on Califf’s nomination for FDA chief
(Reuters) — Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) yesterday put a hold on President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the FDA until the agency agrees to reform its process for approving opioid painkillers. Markey wants opioid-approval matters to be reviewed by an FDA advisory committee and believes the committee should consider the risk of addiction and abuse during the approval process. He also wants the agency to rescind approval of OxyContin for children and convene an advisory panel to guide that process. “Last year, the FDA approved a new pediatric use for OxyContin without convening an advisory c...
Source: Mass Device - January 26, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Capitol Hill Personnel Moves Source Type: news

Prescriptions for Combo Hydrocodone Products Fall After Stricter Controls (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH Prescriptions for combination drugs containing hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin) dropped after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration enacted tighter … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 26, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

We know the cure to the opioid epidemic
Like many others, Bill suffered lower back pain. He was prescribed hydrocodone and then methadone, and an overdose killed him at age 33. Lance was prescribed opioids for a root canal, after which the Army veteran became addicted. He died in a Texas hotel room of an overdose at age 26. Michael was prescribed hydrocodone for Crohn's Disease when he was 18 and, after almost three years of escalating dosages, he took his own life with a shotgun after being unable to find a treatment program. The stories of Bill, Lance, and Michael are horrifying ones, all of them beginning with a seemingly benign prescription from a doctor. ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vicodin Scripts Down After Tighter Controls
(MedPage Today) -- A billion fewer hydrocodone combination pills on the market after policy change (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 25, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Big Pharma funding efforts to keep Americans addicted and overdosing on opioid painkillers
(NaturalNews) Big Pharma is proving once again that it values profits more than human lives, as drug manufacturers fight efforts to curb the overprescription of highly addictive and often deadly opioid drugs.The makers of OxyContin, Vicodin and other opioid painkillers are pouring... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 9 – Addiction Misconceptions
BOSTON (CBS) – Many people who take painkillers say they’re being unfairly targeted in the current war on drugs. The opioid crisis has been grabbing headlines for months. Gov. Charlie Baker has declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. Over 1,200 Massachusetts residents have died from opioid overdoses in 2014. Cindy Steinberg is the policy council chair of the Massachusetts pain initiative. “We know that 78 percent of people who are abusing these medications did not get them from a physician,” said Steinberg. “They’re getting them on the street, they’re getting divert...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Must-read: combination acetaminophen-opioid formulations should be abandoned
4 out of 5 stars The prescription paradox of acetaminophen safety. Dart RC, Green JL. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2015 Dec 29 [Epub ahead of print] Reference Last week, we pointed out that the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) had issued a position statement on prescribing opioids that had missed a good opportunity to call for abandoning use of pharmaceutical products that combined strong opioids such as hydrocodone with acetaminophen. I just discovered that a recent editorial by Richard Dart and Jody Green from the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center agree with my take on this matter. They point out that a re...
Source: The Poison Review - January 13, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical acetaminophen adverse effects hepatotoxicity opioid Source Type: news

ACMT position statement on prescribing opioids: a missed opportunity
3 out of 5 stars Safety Issues Regarding Prescription Opioids. American College of Medical Toxicology J Med Toxicol 2016 Jan 5 [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available This “Position Statement” from the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) covers 3 topics related to safety issues associated with use of prescription opioids. Unfortunately, some of the positions taken by the College are, to say the least, wishy-washy, and represent a missed opportunity to make some important points forcefully. The first topic addressed in this statement involves the use of medications that combine acetaminophen with a...
Source: The Poison Review - January 7, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical american college of medical toxicology opiates opioids position statement prescribing Source Type: news

Prescription drugs ARE a 'gateway to heroin addiction'
New York University researchers found that 75 per cent of teenagers who abuse heroin got hooked on the drug after abusing prescription painkillers, such as Percocet, Vicodin and Oxycontin. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

That Time My Ovary Grew Something It Shouldn't, Twice
I felt it jolt me awake and suddenly I knew I couldn't really move. My stomach was clenched tight from the stabbing sensation, my legs were curled, and I laid there in a fetal position in our bed waking my fiancé up with my groaning. "Do you need a Gas X again or suppository? I told you not to eat all that ice cream," she mumbled half-asleep like she's had to every other night for years because I'm a stubborn fat ass. Though it was very possible Chocolate Malted Crunch was to blame, something told me it was something else. And I was right. Later at the hospital that day, we learned I had ruptured an ovaria...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

FDA moves quickly to approve easy-to-use nasal spray to treat opioid overdose
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as the illegal drug heroin. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - November 19, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The problem with prescription painkillers
Pain. It’s a nearly unavoidable part of the human experience. Whether it comes as the result of an injury or accident, surgery, or a health issue such as a headache or infection, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, pain can interfere with the ability to sleep, work, and enjoy life. There are many ways to treat pain. Opioid drugs are one of them. Some examples include hydrocodone (used in Vicodin), oxycodone (used in Percocet), methadone, codeine, and morphine. These prescription drugs reduce the brain’s recognition of pain by binding to certain receptors in the body. In many situations, opioids are a reasonable choice ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - October 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Wynne Armand, MD Tags: Addiction Drugs and Supplements Pain Management naloxone narcan opioids painkillers prescription painkillers Source Type: news

Drug Overdoses Are a Leading Cause of Injury Deaths in Wisconsin
More Wisconsin residents died in 2013 as a result of drug overdose than from motor vehicle crashes, suicide, breast cancer, colon cancer, firearms, influenza, or HIV, according to a special report (PDF, 517 KB) released today by the Department of Health Services. Opioid pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone, contributed to 45 percent of the 843 drug overdose deaths in 2013, while heroin contributed...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 10, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Parent and metabolite opioid drug concentrations in unintentional deaths involving opioid and benzodiazepine combinations - Fields MD, Abate MA, Hu L, Long DL, Blommel ML, Haikal NA, Kraner JC.
Effects of benzodiazepines on postmortem opioid parent and parent/metabolite blood concentration ratios were determined for fentanyl-, hydrocodone-, methadone-, or oxycodone-related accidental deaths. These opioids are partially metabolized by the CYP3A4 e... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Surge in heroin use tied to prescription opioid abuse
Heroin use has increased 63 percent over the last 10 years in the United States, experts report. That increase is closely tied to the growing abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine. An alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 18, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Are We Ready For Synthetic Heroin?
Many of the synthetic drugs streaming like toxic rivers through American cities have their origins in labs that weren’t trying to create addictive street drugs. But once a potent psychoactive compound emerges from a lab--intended purpose notwithstanding--its appearance on the street is only a matter of time. Knowing that, it’s concerning that researchers have just discovered how to synthetically modify yeast to create the active compounds in opioid drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and morphine. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 16, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David DiSalvo Source Type: news

Team makes Vicodin component in yeast, says 'home brew' opiates still not feasible
Earlier this summer, a flurry of scientific papers and news reports warned of the likely arrival, sometime soon, of "home brew heroin" -- opiate drugs that might be brewed using yeast, just like beer or wine are, possibly in the privacy of your own home. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - August 14, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Eryn Brown Source Type: news

Genetically engineered yeast produces opioids
It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but scientistst have now genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations, and later be used to develop treatments for other diseases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 13, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse
Special task force aims to curb 'epidemic' of addiction to narcotic meds such as Oxycontin, Vicodin Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Pain Relievers, Prescription Drug Abuse (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news