June 9, 2017: Providence Nurse Pleads Guilty to Tampering with Oxycodone
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - June 9, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Heroin: Now The Leading Cause Of Death In Americans Under 50
The Unites States of America is facing the worst health care crisis of our nation’s history. Over the past two-year period, more Americans died of opiate addiction than died in the entire Vietnam War. Drug overdoses now cause more deaths than gun violence and car crashes. In fact, accidental opioid overdoses are responsible for more deaths in 2015 than HIV/AIDS did at the height of the epidemic in 1995. However, the AIDS epidemic can be the blueprint for the United States approach to the opioid epidemic. Once America became mobilized against AIDS, Congress orchestrated intensive efforts devoted to training and ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roxicet (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen ) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 5, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Tylox (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen Capsules) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Frequency and severity of non-fatal opioid overdoses among clients attending the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre - Roxburgh A, Darke S, Salmon AM, Dobbins T, Jauncey M.
BACKGROUND: Pharmaceutical opioid overdose rates have increased in recent years. The current study aimed to compare rates per 1000 injections of non-fatal overdose after heroin or oxycodone injection, and their comparative clinical severity. METHOD... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

An advance in prescription opioid vaccines: overdose mortality reduction and extraordinary alteration of drug half-life - Kimishima A, Wenthur CJ, Zhou B, Janda KD.
Prescription opioids (POs) such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly effective medications for pain management, yet they also present a substantial risk for abuse and addiction. The consumption of POs has been escalating worldwide, resulting in tens of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Oral human abuse potential of oxycodone DETERx ® (Xtampza® ER) - Kopecky EA, Fleming AB, Levy-Cooperman N, O'Connor M, M. Sellers E.
Oxycodone DETERx ® (Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc, Canton, Massachusetts) is an extended-release, microsphere-in-capsule, abuse-deterrent formulation designed to retain its extended-release properties after tampering (eg, chewing/crushing). This randomized,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The 'Accidental President' And The Heroin Epidemic
Mr. President, what in God’s name are you doing? Your Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has turned the clock back in our country almost 35 years. Our nation’s heroin epidemic is a health crisis and will never be solved with a lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key solution. Despite all intelligent research leading to a mandate conclusion that incarceration will not ever diminish drug addiction and the radical negative effects it has on our economy, “My Favorite Martian,” Jeff Sessions, has just ordered federal prosecutors to chase far harsher sentences against drug-addict-criminals. Mr. Trump, who ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

My Mom Is My Hero
My mom was always there. From the very beginning of my life, to the darkest days of my addiction, she believed in me. Whether things were good or they were horrible, she was with me. She was the one who took me to my first political rally, when I was only 10. She was my first photographer at public events: the photo credit to “Barbara Hampton” is my mom. When I was homeless, she’d find me wherever I was and bring me a home cooked meal so that I wouldn’t be hungry. This Mother’s Day weekend, I’m reflecting on the incredible gift of my mom’s love. I don’t believe that I would h...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RoxyBond (Oxycodone Hydrochloride Tablets) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 4, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

OxyContin maker agrees to $20M settlement in Canadian class-action case
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit involving allegations about how the pain pills were marketed. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Inspirion Delivery Sciences Receives FDA Approval for RoxyBond(TM) (oxycodone hydrochloride) tablets CII, the First and Only Immediate Release Opioid Analgesic with Abuse-Deterrent Label Claims
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 26, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Inspirion Delivery Sciences, LLC ("Inspirion") announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved RoxyBond™ (oxycodone hydrochloride) ... Biopharmaceuticals, Drug Delivery, FDA Inspirion Delivery Sciences, RoxyBond, oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Inspirion Delivery Sciences Receives FDA Approval for RoxyBond (oxycodone hydrochloride) Immediate Release Tablets with Abuse-Deterrent Label Claims
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspirion Delivery Sciences, LLC ( " Inspirion " ) announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved RoxyBond ™ (oxycodone hydrochloride) tablets, for oral use, CII,... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - April 26, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Opioid addiction raises mortality rate for those getting care in medical offices, hospitals
People who are addicted to opioids and receiving their medical care in a general health care setting were more than 10 times as likely to die during a four-year period than people without substance abuse problems, UCLA researchers have found. The new study, published in the  Journal of Addiction Medicine, suggests that health care systems should have better infrastructure and training for primary care physicians to diagnose and treat opioid use disorder, a condition that includes addiction to both prescription and illicit opioids.UCLAYih-Ing HserThe study, led by Yih-Ing Hser, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sc...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 21, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Newly Unsealed Documents Highlight Prince's Struggle with Opioids
Before his death, Prince abused opioid pain pills, suffered withdrawal symptoms and received at least one opioid prescription under his bodyguard's name, according to search warrants and affidavits unsealed Monday. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park on April 21. Nearly a year after his accidental overdose death at his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don't know how he got the fentanyl that killed him. The newly unsealed documents give the clearest picture yet of Prince's struggle with opioid painkillers. What Do Authorities Say Happened? Investig...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Newly Unsealed Documents Highlight Prince's Struggle with Opioids
Before his death, Prince abused opioid pain pills, suffered withdrawal symptoms and received at least one opioid prescription under his bodyguard's name, according to search warrants and affidavits unsealed Monday. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park on April 21. Nearly a year after his accidental overdose death at his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don't know how he got the fentanyl that killed him. The newly unsealed documents give the clearest picture yet of Prince's struggle with opioid painkillers. What Do Authorities Say Happened? Investig...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Newly unsealed documents reveal info about Prince's painkiller Rx
Court document says a doctor prescribed oxycodone for Prince under the name of the musician's friend to protect his privacy (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

By the Numbers: Phoenix, Arizona in top 10 for Opioid distribution
As conversations increase regarding what to do about the growing prescription opioid epidemic, Arizona may be one of the states having to tackle that problem head on. Among cities that distribute the largest quantities of controlled substances, Phoenix comes in at No. 1 for Oxycodone, No. 2 for Fentanyl and No. 5 for Hydromorphone. Data analyzed from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found in 2015 doctors prescribed more than 11 billion Oxycodone pills and more than 7 billion Adderall pills,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Ex-New York Assemblyman, Doctors Charged In Illegal Opioid Prescription Scheme
A former New York assemblyman and a dozen pain clinic workers were arrested on Friday, accused of operating some of the largest “pill mills” in the northeastern United States and illegally prescribing more than 6 million opioid pills, law enforcement officials said. Alec Brook-Krasny, who served in the New York State Assembly from 2006 to 2015 representing South Brooklyn, was charged with conspiracy and scheming to defraud by unlawfully selling prescriptions, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York division said in a statement. Also arrested in the sweep of three pain clinics were at least one...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oxycontin maker launches initiative to tackle opioid crisis in North Carolina
Purdue Pharma L.P., the maker of the painkiller OxyContin, is partnering with two local groups to start a program that seeks to curtail opioid abuse in North Carolina. Purdue will work with Project Lazarus, a nonprofit in Wilkes County, and Safe Kids North Carolina, a unit in the N.C. Department of Insurance, to launch the North Carolina Disposal Initiative. The project will start a state-wide medicine disposal program and conduct research to evaluate the effect iveness of community-based prevention… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Washington city sues Oxycontin maker for citizens' opioid problems
The city of Everett, Washington, is filing a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of the painkiller Oxycontin, alleging the company supplied the drug to suspicious physicians and pharmacies, contributing to the growing epidemic of drugs in the community. Kenneth Craig reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In the battle against opioids, one city blames drug makers
Everett, Washington, is suing Purdue Pharma for "recklessly" supplying OxyContin to "suspicious" physicians and pharmacies (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OxyContin maker teams up with Geisinger Health System to launch Apple Watch study on pain management
Many pharmaceutical companies are now turning to digital tools to improve medication adherence, augment clinical trials, or develop parallel therapies with digital health companies. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 30, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

U.S. Senator Launches Probe Into 5 Top Opioid Drugmakers
U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation’s top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country’s deadly opioid crisis. The Missouri senator’s investigation comes amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, with 91 Americans dying every day as a result of overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This epidemic is the direct result of a calculated sales and marketing strategy major opioid manufacturers have allegedly pursued over the past 20 years to expand their market s...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Would Legalizing Medical Marijuana Help Curb The Opioid Epidemic?
This study and a few others provided some evidence regarding the potential positive benefits of legalizing marijuana to reduce opioid use and abuse, but they are still preliminary,” she said in an email. Dr. Esther Choo, a professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, was intrigued by the study’s suggestion that access to cannabis might reduce opioid misuse. “It is becoming increasingly clear that battling the opioid epidemic will require a multi-pronged approach and a good deal of creativity,” Choo, who was not involved in the study, said in an email. “C...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Weight-loss drug shows potential to treat opioid abuse
A new study shows the prescription weight-loss drug lorcaserin has potential to treat opioid abuse - it reduced oxycodone seeking and craving in rats. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

It Seemed Like Such a Good Idea (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)
I wish I were as fat as I was the first time I thought I was fat, so something in Senior Editor Mark Friedman’s health column last week jumped out at me: Dr. Bruce Murphy, CEO of the Arkansas Heart Hospital, included artificial sweeteners in a list of factors contributing to the obesity epidemic that led his company to add weight-loss surgery to its menu of services. Last year, The New York Times revealing that, in the 1960s when I was a tot, the sugar industry actually paid researchers “to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead.” As a result of...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 27, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Prescription weight-loss medication helps with opiate addiction recovery, study confirms
A prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone, new research confirms. The researchers found that the drug, lorcaserin, reduced the use and craving for the opioid oxycodone in preclinical studies. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study confirms prescription weight-loss medication helps with opiate addiction recovery
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have confirmed that a prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone. In a study published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, the researchers led by UTMB scientist Kathryn Cunningham found that the drug, lorcaserin, reduced the use and craving for the opioid oxycodone in preclinical studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Pain Therapeutics Announces Positive Regulatory Guidance for REMOXY(TM) ER
AUSTIN, Texas, March 20, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (PTIE) today announced positive regulatory guidance from a recent meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding REMOXY (extended-release... Biopharmaceuticals, Drug Delivery, FDA Pain Therapeutics, REMOXY, extended-release, oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

More Guilty Pleas Made in Richard Johns Pill Mill Case
As expected, David Larue Scroggins of Cabot pleaded guilty last week to buying and reselling fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions from Richard Johns, the former Little Rock internist whose drug distribution business was the subject of a story in last week’s Arkansas Business. His plea agreement with federal prosecutors suggests a guideline prison sentence of 11 to 14 years. His sentencing date has not yet been set, nor has Johns’. It was at Scroggins home that his daughter Marissa’s boyfriend, Curtis Norris, 25, died of an oxycodone overdose in November 2014. That death prompted the investigation that led t...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 20, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)
I felt queasy watching tearful Richard Johns turn around in his seat at the defense table in federal court and remind his wife and children that he loved them. The former physician was there, after all, to confess that he had written prescriptions for painkillers in exchange for cash payments from the middlemen who then resold the pills on the streets of Lonoke and White counties. A couple of those prescriptions were for a 25-year-old man with no medical need. Curtis Norris ground up and injected six or more oxycodone pills — out of some 39,000 that Johns admitted prescribing in less than a year and a half — an...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 20, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

City files landmark lawsuit against the makers of OxyContin
(Natural News) OxyContin has practically become synonymous with the opioid epidemic currently plaguing the United States. The infamous drug’s manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, reportedly reeled in over $3 billion in profits from OxyContin by 2010 — but these profits have come with a deadly price. In 2015, over 15,000 people died from an overdose involving a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Prescription Drug Is Implicated In Almost A Third Of All Opioid Overdose Deaths
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Percocet (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - March 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

City says drugmaker knowingly let pills flood black market
A city in Washington state is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of the pain medication OxyContin, in an unusual case that alleges the drugmaker knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market and into the city (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

One Bad Doctor: Richard Johns Pill Mill Scheme Leads to Death of One, Ensnares Dozens
Curtis Norris had made some bad decisions. He dropped out of Cabot High School and his work history was spotty. But, as far as his mother knew, he didn’t have a real drug problem before he hooked up with Marissa Scroggins months before he died. Brenda Birmingham thought Marissa was another of Curt’s bad decisions, but you don’t tell a 25-year-old man whom he can spend his time with. Besides, Curt loved Marissa’s toddler and sometimes referred to the boy as “my son”; now Birmingham wishes he really were her grandson. Birmingham can’t remember exactly how long her son was involved wi...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 13, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Misconduct Allegations Shadowed Richard Johns
Richard Johns, the internist who pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone prescriptions, first appeared in Arkansas Business in September 2012 for a completely different reason: He was being investigated by the Little Rock Police Department after being accused of sexual misconduct by at least two women. He was not charged with any crime as a result of that investigation, and a long-running civil case was dismissed by a nurse who accused him of sexual harassment and retaliation. The nurse said Johns made offensive comments during the few months she worked for him in 2007. After she complained, he reported to the Arkansas State B...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 13, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Taking Aim At The Opioid Industry
Late last year, the Associated Press combined reporting with the Center for Public Integrity to roll out a multi-part series on the $880 million spent on lobbying and political contributions by the opioid industry in a decade long effort to stymie efforts to control these powerful drugs. Reporters reviewed of hundreds of documents brought to light in a recent court case and interviewed over 200 officials, experts, and advocates to understand how the opioid epidemic unfolded. The series had its genesis when the AP’s Matthew Perrone tripped across a group called the Pain Care Forum. Led by the top lobbyist for Purdue P...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Richard Johns Pleads Guilty In Pill Mill Conspiracy
Richard Johns' wife, children and priest watched Thursday as he tearfully pleaded guilty to taking money in exchange for prescribing tens of thousands of painkiller tablets to middlemen who federal prosecutors said resold them. Johns, 51, was taken into custody immediately after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. The terms of the plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Little Rock suggest a guideline sentence of nine to 12 years in federal prison, where parole is not an option. The plea agreement did not require Johns to accept responsibility for the death of a young Cabot ma...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 3, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

America's Opioid Crisis: How Children Are Casualties
America is in the midst of a deadly crisis that is killing people by the thousands.The opioid epidemic in the United States claimed more than 33,000 deaths in 2015, as public health officials call it the worst drug crisis in the nation’s history. Indeed, the deaths from heroin alone have surged and have claimed more lives in 2015 than homicides by guns. These drugs, these opiods, that are used to often block out pain. Whether illegal, such as heroin, or prescribed by doctors yet are also finding their way on to the black market, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, the rise in opioid use in America is both dramatic and dis...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Richard Johns To Change Plea in Pill Mill Case
Richard Johns of Little Rock, no longer licensed to practice medicine, has been fighting charges of operating a “pill mill” of fraudulent painkiller prescriptions since May 2015. He pleaded not guilty in Lonoke County Circuit Court and then in U.S. District Court in Little Rock when federal prosecutors took over the case four months later. But he is now scheduled for a change of plea — presumably to guilty — on Thursday before U.S. District Judge Brian Miller. Johns’ change of heart came the week after Miller declined (as Whispers reported two weeks ago) to dismiss the charges and ruled that e...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 27, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

State Lawmakers Push Fight against Opioids
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem. A Minnesota state senator whose daughter died of a heroin overdose in a Burger King parking lot — a friend hid the needles instead of calling for help — spearheaded a law that grants immunity to 911 callers. In Wisconsin, a state representative has introduced more than a dozen opioid-related bills in the years since his daughter went from painkillers to heroin to pr...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

State Lawmakers Push Fight against Opioids
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem. A Minnesota state senator whose daughter died of a heroin overdose in a Burger King parking lot — a friend hid the needles instead of calling for help — spearheaded a law that grants immunity to 911 callers. In Wisconsin, a state representative has introduced more than a dozen opioid-related bills in the years since his daughter went from painkillers to heroin to pr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared. Aggravating the problem is that some VA hospitals have been lax in tracking drug supplies. Co...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 21, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home
MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 -- A child's risk of a potentially fatal drug overdose more than doubles if a parent brings home a prescription opioid painkiller like oxycodone, codeine or morphine, a new study reports. When their mother is prescribed an... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 20, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Drinking and Painkillers Can Be a Dangerous Combo, Especially Among Seniors
Untitled by nosheep is licensed under CC0. You may often see a warning not to drink on a painkiller’s prescription label—but what exactly can happen if you do drink alcohol while taking painkillers? Well when strong opioid painkillers are mixed with alcohol, it can cause a serious, potentially deadly respiratory response. One common side effect, that can be fatal, of opioids is respiratory depression, which is when a person’s breathing becomes shallow and can even temporarily stop. A new study findsthat alcohol can exacerbate this effect. The study looked at 24 volunteers, half in their 20s, and half ove...
Source: Network News - February 14, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NN/LM South Central Region Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Lonoke County 'Pill Mill' Case Set for March
Richard Johns, the suspended Little Rock physician charged with running a “pill mill” of fraudulent painkiller prescriptions, last week got the answer he was led to expect: The charges against him will not be dismissed by the judge and his claim that evidence was collected illegally was rejected. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller, the chief federal judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, had telegraphed as much when he held a pretrial hearing on Jan. 23. So, as of Thursday afternoon, Johns and his multiple co-defendants were scheduled for trial on March 27. Exactly how many defendants will still be standing ...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 13, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Broader availability of opioid overdose drug is saving lives
America ’s opioid addiction epidemic was one of the biggest health stories of 2016, as reflected in the intense media coverage the topic received — and it is no wonder why. The number of deaths involving prescription opioid medications and heroin continues to rise, having quadrupled since 1999. Some 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.One key strategy in the battle to curb opioid overdose deaths has been the use of the drug naloxone, which emergency medical personnel and first responders have used for years to treat people suffering...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 9, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news