NeuroBreak: PBM Kept OxyContin Flowing; Zamboni Clings to CCSVI
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of neurology and neuroscience (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - November 1, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Toddlers' Hospitalizations For Opioid Poisoning Tripled Over 15 Years
By Ike Swetlitz Easy access to opioids has harmed even society's youngest members: The number of children and teenagers hospitalized for painkiller poisoning has doubled in recent decades, according to a study published Monday. Why it matters: This is the first study to look at national hospitalization rates among children and adolescents for opioid poisonings. "I'm really happy to see that the authors have looked at the potential consequences of prescription opioid availability for adolescents and children," said Robert Bossarte, director of the West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center. "...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Toddlers' Hospitalizations For Opioid Poisoning Tripled Over 15 Years
By Ike Swetlitz Easy access to opioids has harmed even society's youngest members: The number of children and teenagers hospitalized for painkiller poisoning has doubled in recent decades, according to a study published Monday. Why it matters: This is the first study to look at national hospitalization rates among children and adolescents for opioid poisonings. "I'm really happy to see that the authors have looked at the potential consequences of prescription opioid availability for adolescents and children," said Robert Bossarte, director of the West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center. "...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DEA Is Cutting Production Of Prescription Opioids By 25 Percent In 2017
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is moving to curb the national opioid epidemic by slashing the production of a number of popular prescription painkillers. In a notice published Wednesday in the federal register, the DEA finalized a previous order on 2017 production quotas for a variety of Schedule I and II drugs, including addictive narcotics like oxycodone, hydromorphone, codeine and fentanyl. The agency has the authority to set limits on manufacturing under the Controlled Substances Act. In a release, the DEA said it is reducing “the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication” by...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No FDA Approval for Abuse-Deterrent Oxycodone (Remoxy ER) No FDA Approval for Abuse-Deterrent Oxycodone (Remoxy ER)
The agency is asking for additional new trials on this abuse-deterrent extended-release oxycodone product.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 4, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Big Pharma spent $880 million fighting against state opioid restrictions
(NaturalNews) If you thought Big Pharma couldn't sink any lower, you were wrong. A recent report led by the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity, has revealed that the manufacturers of opioid drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl, spent a whopping $880 million... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

STAT Investigation Examines Abbott's Role in OxyContin Epidemic (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS An investigative article in STAT reveals the extent to which Abbott Laboratories pharmaceutical representatives went to promote OxyContin to physicians. For example, … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 23, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The pill mill doctor who prescribed thousands of opioids and billed dead patients
Hussein Awada wrote prescriptions, without any medical justification, for 80,000 doses of Oxycodone and other painkillers. He just settled a federal lawsuit that accused him of massive fraud. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kristine Guerra Source Type: news

MorningBreak: OxyContin Donuts; PACE Takedown; Facebook's $$$ for Disease
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Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 22, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Connecting The Dots Between The Opioid Epidemic And Philanthropy
This article was originally published on Recovery Brands' Pro Talk/Pro Corner. Allen Frances is a professor emeritus at Duke University and was the chairman of the DSM-IV task force. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Alcoholics who quit completely do better than those who dabble. I'm not surprised | David Ferguson
I tried, and failed, repeatedly to control my intake of intoxicating substances. Eventually I decided total sobriety was the only wayIn my last week of using drugs in the summer of 2005, I had a moment of clarity during a binge that combined codeine cough syrup, Ativan pills and ground-up Oxycontin that I was snorting. I was stumbling around the room – I was always a mess of bruises from head to foot in those days – trying to decide whether or not to take all the rest of the Ativan in the bottle when it occurred to me to ask myself, “Why is it that I can never get high enough? What exactly is it I’m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 19, 2016 Category: Science Authors: David Ferguson Tags: Alcoholism Science Source Type: news

Nebulized Naloxone for Acute Opioid Overdose
Paramedics present to an urban emergency department with a middle aged man found unresponsive in a nearby alley The paramedics were unable to obtain IV access due to years of drug abuse and overall poor venous access. Physical Exam General: Middle aged male, unresponsive to painful stimuli Vital signs: P=57/min (sinus bradycardia) RR=5 breaths/min T=97.9 F BP: 165/90 mmHg Pulse Ox=98% on a non re-breather Head: normocephalic, atraumatic ENT: pupils pinpoint, minimally reactive, + gag reflex Lungs: clear to auscultation bilaterally, decreased respiratory rate Cardiac: regular rate and rhythm, no murmur Ext: cool to touch, g...
Source: EPMonthly.com - September 19, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Logan Plaster Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Marijuana May Alleviate America’s Opioid Crisis, New Study Suggests
Access to medical marijuana may be cutting down on the overall use of opioids, including prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, new research suggests.  In a study, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health analyzed traffic fatality data from 1999-2013 for 18 U.S states. They found that most states that passed medical marijuana laws saw an overall reduction in fatal crashes involving drivers who tested positive for opioids. “We would expect the adverse consequences of opioid use to decrease over time in states where medical marijuana use is legal, as individu...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 17, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Marijuana May Alleviate America’s Opioid Crisis, New Study Suggests
Access to medical marijuana may be cutting down on the overall use of opioids, including prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, new research suggests.  In a study, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health analyzed traffic fatality data from 1999-2013 for 18 U.S states. They found that most states that passed medical marijuana laws saw an overall reduction in fatal crashes involving drivers who tested positive for opioids. “We would expect the adverse consequences of opioid use to decrease over time in states where medical marijuana use is legal, as individu...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most on opioid painkillers OK with getting overdose antidote: Survey
Randy Dotinga, HealthDay News A small survey of people taking opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin found that most were willing to also fill prescriptions for an overdose antidote. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most on Opioid Painkillers OK With Getting Overdose Antidote: Survey
TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 -- A new, small survey of people taking powerful opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin found that most were willing to also fill prescriptions for an overdose antidote. Three patients even used the antidote to treat... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 13, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Roxicodone 15, 30 mg (Oxycodone Hydrochloride ) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 12, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Maker Of Dangerous Opioid Is Spending Big To Stop Legal Pot In Arizona
A controversial pharmaceutical company that makes a highly addictive opioid donated $500,000 to a campaign fighting a ballot measure in Arizona that would legalize recreational marijuana. Proponents of the measure, Proposition 205, see Insys Therapeutics, the company behind the major contribution, as emblematic of the way the makers of dangerous painkillers block legalization efforts to pad their own profit margins. Marijuana is a cheaper and safer alternative to drugs that the likes of Insys sell, the advocates argue. “We are truly shocked by our opponents’ decision to keep a donation from what appears to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Troxyca ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naltrexone hydrochloride) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 7, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Opioid Epidemic Greatly Exaggerated?
Last week, when Michael Walker of Beckley, West Virginia, read in his local paper that high-potency heroin--or opioids sold as or cut with heroin--caused an outbreak of 27 overdoses in just four hours in the nearby city of Huntington, he thought of his 19-year-old son, Matthew, who has been off of opiates for three months, the longest he's been without the drug in years."I know it's early for Matthew, and what a struggle it still is," said Walker, 42, a white working-class dad. "A lot of people call this a problem, but it's an epidemic," he said, while describing the situation in West Virginia.West Virg...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oxycontin (Oxycodone HCl) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 1, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Non-addictive Painkiller Shows Promise in Animal Trials
TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 -- Preliminary research in monkeys suggests that a new medication might be able to provide pain relief similar to opioid drugs such as OxyContin, but without the same potential for addiction or serious side effects. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 30, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Saving lives by prescribing naloxone with opioid painkillers
In this study, researchers trained staff at six clinics in the San Francisco area on how to co-prescribe opioids and naloxone. They then looked at how often naloxone was actually prescribed, whether co-prescribing translated in fewer emergency department visits related to opioids, and whether the dose of prescribed opioids changed. Here’s what the study found: When providers were trained in this approach, the number of naloxone prescriptions increased. So doctors seemed willing to co-prescribe. Patients who were on higher dosages of opioids or had been to the emergency department in the past year because of opioids ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - August 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Wakeman, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative Tags: Addiction Behavioral Health Drugs and Supplements Pain Management Prevention Source Type: news

FDA Okays Abuse-Deterrent Troxyca ER for Severe Pain FDA Okays Abuse-Deterrent Troxyca ER for Severe Pain
The abuse-deterrent capsule, formerly known as ALO-02, consists of an outer'pellet'of extended-release oxycodone around a naltrexone core and is for severe pain when other options are ineffective.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - August 22, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

FDA Approves Troxyca ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naltrexone hydrochloride) Extended-Release Capsules CII with Abuse-Deterrent Properties for the Management of Pain
Friday, August 19, 2016 -- Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Troxyca ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naltrexone hydrochloride) extended-release capsules, for oral use, CII for the... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - August 19, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

FDA Approves Troxyca ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naltrexone hydrochloride) Capsules with Abuse-Deterrent Properties for the Management of Pain
Friday, August 19, 2016 -- Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Troxyca ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naltrexone hydrochloride) extended-release capsules, for oral use, CII for the... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - August 19, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

UNC-supported research claims breakthrough in pain medication
An international team that includes researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill says they have developed a new pain killing drug candidate that doesn ’t trigger side effects prevalent with current opioids. The work is still in its early stages, but the researchers say they potentially found a drug that patients won’t become addicted to and blocks pain. If true, the findings would be a major breakthrough, especially as opioid dependence and o verdoses on painkilling drugs, including morphine and oxycodone,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 18, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jason deBruyn Source Type: news

Some good news on opioid epidemic: Treatment options are expanding
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl: The dangers of this potent “ man-made ” opioid
As we watch the devastation of the opioid crisis escalate in a rising tide of deaths, a lesser known substance is frequently mentioned: fentanyl. Fentanyl’s relative obscurity was shattered with the well-publicized overdose death of pop star Prince. Previously used only as a pharmaceutical painkiller for crippling pain at the end of life or for surgical procedures, fentanyl is now making headlines as the drug responsible for a growing proportion of overdose deaths. So what is fentanyl and why is it so dangerous? Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, meaning it is made in a laboratory but acts on the same receptors in the b...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Wakeman, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative Tags: Addiction Behavioral Health Brain and cognitive health Pain Management Prevention Source Type: news

Are All Strong Opioids Equal for Chronic Cancer Pain? Are All Strong Opioids Equal for Chronic Cancer Pain?
In this study, patients were randomized to morphine, fentanyl, buprenorphine, or oxycodone for cancer pain. Which worked best?Annals of Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox, Oxycet)
Title: oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox, Oxycet) Category: Medications Created: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 28, 2016 Category: Anesthesiology 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

K2 Marijuana Poisonings Show Dangers of Synthetic Drugs
Some people on the streets of New York City recently appeared to be overdosing on opioid painkillers after their breathing slowed and they became lethargic. Others appeared to be overdosing on crack cocaine, exhibiting agitated and violent behavior. Experts at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), however, say those zombielike streetwalkers were on the same drug: K2, or synthetic marijuana. In all, the NIDA reported that 130 New Yorkers were hospitalized after smoking the drug that can be purchased over-the-counter at less-than-reputable bodegas. The next day, NYPD officers inspected five retail establishments o...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating Drug Addiction With Drugs
The old saying goes that you have to fight fire with fire. Using that logic, health officials have increased the availability of an opioid to combat the rising tide of opiate addiction. On any given day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed. Of these, 3,900 people begin using the drugs for nonmedical reasons, and 78 people die from an opioid-related overdose. That's every day. In western Pennsylvania, for instance, deaths caused by opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs, increased by more than a third last year, according to a new r...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News 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

NeuroBreak: Purdue Kept Mum on Illicit OxyContin; Autism Rethink; Tremor Tx OK'd
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of neurology and neuroscience (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - July 12, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

NeuroBreak: Purdue Kept Mum on Illicit OxyContin; Autism Rethink; Tremor Tx OK'd
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of neurology and neuroscience (Source: MedPage Today Pain Management)
Source: MedPage Today Pain Management - July 12, 2016 Category: Anesthesiology 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

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance settles oxycodone investigation for $250K
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a U.S. Justice Department investigation relating to the loss of more than 96,000 pills between 2011 and 2013. The SCCA self-reported the diversions after discovering a nurse had used falsified and altered prescriptions to divert oxycodone pills from its on-site pharmacy. The pills are commonly used in treating cancer pain. An investigation by the Department of Justice, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 7, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Coral Garnick Source Type: news

Decreased diversion by doctor-shopping for a reformulated extended release oxycodone product (OxyContin) - Chilcoat HD, Coplan PM, Harikrishnan V, Alexander L.
BACKGROUND: Doctor-shopping (obtaining prescriptions from multiple prescribers/pharmacies) for opioid analgesics produces a supply for diversion and abuse, and represents a major public health issue. METHODS: An open cohort study assessed changes i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

oxycodone, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta
Title: oxycodone, OxyContin, Roxicodone, OxectaCategory: MedicationsCreated: 5/11/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/7/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 7, 2016 Category: Anesthesiology 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

Naloxone Now Available Without A Prescription in Ontario Pharmacies
Following a decision by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities' (NAPRA), Ontario is making naloxone available in pharmacies across the province without a prescription and at no cost to eligible Ontarians to help reduce opioid overdoses across the province.  On June 24, 2016, NAPRA reclassified naloxone as a Schedule II drug when used in an emergency opioid overdose situation outside of hospital settings. This change was effective immediately in Ontario. As a result, naloxone can now be kept behind the counter in Ontario pharmacies and the province's pharmacists can now provide training on how to s...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 30, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Naloxone Now Available Without A Prescription in Ontario Pharmacies
Following a decision by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities' (NAPRA), Ontario is making naloxone available in pharmacies across the province without a prescription and at no cost to eligible Ontarians to help reduce opioid overdoses across the province.  On June 24, 2016, NAPRA reclassified naloxone as a Schedule II drug when used in an emergency opioid overdose situation outside of hospital settings. This change was effective immediately in Ontario. As a result, naloxone can now be kept behind the counter in Ontario pharmacies and the province's pharmacists can now provide training on how to s...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 30, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Naloxone Now Available Without A Prescription in Ontario Pharmacies
Following a decision by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities' (NAPRA), Ontario is making naloxone available in pharmacies across the province without a prescription and at no cost to eligible Ontarians to help reduce opioid overdoses across the province.  On June 24, 2016, NAPRA reclassified naloxone as a Schedule II drug when used in an emergency opioid overdose situation outside of hospital settings. This change was effective immediately in Ontario. As a result, naloxone can now be kept behind the counter in Ontario pharmacies and the province's pharmacists can now provide training on how to s...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 30, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Jury: 'Pill mill' doc guilty of causing death
A federal jury found a Philadelphia doctor guilty of causing a death through the illegal distribution of a controlled substance, and a number of other charges related to the operation of a “pill mill." Dr. William J. O’Brien III, a doctor of osteopathic medicine who had offices in the city and Bucks County, was also found guilty of 117 counts of distribution of controlled substances including oxycodone, methadone, and amphetamines; two counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled; and one count… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 29, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George 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

Painkiller Misuse in U.S. Doubled in Decade
Over 4 percent of adults reported nonmedical use of drugs like OxyContin in 2012-2013 (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news