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Next DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to Take Place in April (AWARxE)

February 20, 2013 / Ameritox

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.

Fatal drug overdoses in U.S. increase for 11th consecutive year (LA Times)

February 19, 2013 / Ameritox

From the Los Angeles Times: Fatal drug overdoses have increased for the 11th consecutive year in the United States, new data show.

FDA Advisory Committee Votes 19 to 10 In Favor of Rescheduling Combination Hydrocodone (FDA)

January 25, 2013 / Ameritox

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.

Schumer prescription drug legislation set for signature (Press Republican)

October 1, 2012 / Ameritox

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.

Fatal overdoses involving prescription drugs on the rise in Albany County (Laramine Boomerang)

September 28, 2012 / Ameritox

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 may cut opioid abuse (Chicago Tribune)

September 28, 2012 / Ameritox

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.

W.Va. gets grant for prescription drug monitoring (Herald-Dispatch)

September 27, 2012 / Ameritox

From West Virginia is getting $450,000 in federal funding to support its prescription drug monitoring project.

Painkiller Crackdown Forces Patients to Shop Around to Fill Their Prescriptions (Wall Street Journal)

September 26, 2012 / Ameritox

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.

K2 Trend Not Slowing Down (Web MD)

September 17, 2012 / Ameritox

From Web MD: More than 100 different synthetic cannabinoid compounds are in circulation, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Teens becoming addicted to prescription drugs (WALB News)

September 7, 2012 / Ameritox

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.

Calais VA clinic taking steps to address problems with its opiate distribution (Bangor Daily News)

August 24, 2012 / Ameritox

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.

ER docs don’t recognize signs of fake marijuana in teens (USA Today)

March 19, 2012 / Ameritox

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.

Pharmacies Take Action On Oxycontin (Delmarva Now)

March 13, 2012 / Ameritox

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.

Opioid Use After Minor Surgery Can Create Problems (Los Angeles Times)

March 12, 2012 / Ameritox

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.

VA Study: PTSD Patients More Often Prescribed Potent Opioids (Stars and Stripes)

March 6, 2012 / Ameritox

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.

Prescription Drug Abuse Battle in Nassau County Turns Deadly, Reaches Epidemic Proportions (

January 22, 2012 / Ameritox

From 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.

FDA approves shared system REMS for TIRF products (

December 29, 2011 / Ameritox

From 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.

New powerful painkiller has abuse experts worried (Associated Press)

December 27, 2011 / Ameritox

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.

Stratify Patients for Opioid Misuse and Abuse Risk (Family Practice News)

December 5, 2011 / Ameritox

From Family Practice News: Do you know which of your patients is likely to misuse or abuse opioid medications?

More help sought to fight opioid abuse (

November 28, 2011 / Ameritox

From 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.