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From AWARxE: Consumers across the country will have another opportunity to help prevent abuse and misuse of prescription drugs by disposing of any unneeded or unwanted medications during the sixth Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 27, 2013. On this day, from 10 AM to 2 PM, consumers may safely dispose of unwanted medications at one of thousands of collection sites coordinated by DEA and provided by law enforcement agencies and community organizations in all 50 states and United States jurisdictions.
From the Los Angeles Times: Fatal drug overdoses have increased for the 11th consecutive year in the United States, new data show.
From FDA Law Blog: Last Friday, January 25, 2012, after two days of discussion and deliberation, an FDA Advisory Committee voted 19 to 10 in favor of rescheduling combination hydrocodone from its current placement in Schedule III to Schedule II.
From Press Republican: U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s legislation aimed at cracking down on prescription-drug theft is headed to the president’s desk for signature.
From Laramine Boomerang: Painkillers, sedatives, antidepressants and other commonly prescribed drugs are supposed to help people overcome pain, to heal and to become whole again. While these drugs are effective if used in the prescribed amounts, some are highly addictive and dangerous if used in large amounts or combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Real-time prescription data appear to have helped Canadian pharmacists stop “doctor shoppers” from getting excessive amounts of opioid painkillers and tranquilizers, according to a new study.
From Herald-Dispatch.com: West Virginia is getting $450,000 in federal funding to support its prescription drug monitoring project.
From the Wall Street Journal: Robin Haas used to visit just one pharmacy a month to get the painkillers she needs to relieve the chronic aching in her injured neck and back. Now the 40-year-old resident of North Port, Fla., has to crisscross five towns, making at least 30 visits to a half-dozen pharmacies every month to get her prescriptions filled.
From Web MD: More than 100 different synthetic cannabinoid compounds are in circulation, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
From WALB News: Prescription drug abuse is becoming a bigger problem with young people too. According to government statistics, more high school students are using prescription drugs. And that’s leading to more teen overdose deaths.
From Bangor Daily News: The VA Maine Healthcare System and the administration and staff of the system’s Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Calais are undertaking steps to address and resolve the findings of a recent Department of Veterans Affairs investigation that substantiated irregularities related to prescribing and monitoring opiate-based painkillers.
From USA Today: As use of synthetic versions of marijuana such as “K2,” “Spice,” and “Blaze” becomes more common, a growing number of teens are showing up in hospital emergency rooms where physicians are unfamiliar with symptoms caused by the dangerous substances, says a new report.
From Delmarva Now: A new sign hanging inside the door of The Community Pharmacy alerts customers — and more importantly, those who may not be customers — that the pharmacy no longer carries OxyContin.
From The Los Angeles Times: Opioid medications such as codeine and oxycodone often are prescribed after surgery to relieve post-operative pain. The availability of such drugs is also well known to be a major factor in increasing rates of addiction and addiction-related overdose deaths. A new study suggests that giving opioid prescriptions after simple operations may create some of those problems.
From Stars and Stripes: eterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with mental health diagnoses, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder, were significantly more likely to receive prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids than those with pain but no mental health issues, according to a large Veterans Affairs study released Tuesday.
From Salem-News.com: Nassau County, New York has sounded the alarm — they are experiencing a prescription drug abuse problem and are “taking the lead” in the nation and are forming an allegiance of sorts.
From FDA.gov: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a single shared Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for the transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) products. This new shared system will replace the individual REMS and allow prescribers and pharmacies to enroll into just one system, easing the burden on the health care system.
From the Associated Press: Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of a highly abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse.
From Family Practice News: Do you know which of your patients is likely to misuse or abuse opioid medications?
From amednews.com: At November’s Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association, the House of Delegates directed the AMA to increase attention to efforts aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse.