Painkiller Sales Soar, Fuel Addiction
Sales of popular prescription painkillers exploding across U.S.
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New Poll Ranks Chronic Pain Well Below Drug Addiction As A Major Health Problem
A new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America shows only 18% of respondents believe chronic pain is a major health problem, even though a majority of Americans (63%) say they know someone who experienced pain so severe that they sought prescription medicines to treat it. Chronic pain conditions affect about 100 million U.S. adults at a cost of approximately $600 billion annually in direct medical treatment costs and lost productivity. Most Americans are concerned about the misuse of pain medication to treat chronic pain...
Video: FDA warns of Rx opioid painkiller abuse
The Food and Drug Administration convened a two-day public hearing on prescription opioid painkillers that include oxycodone, Vicodin and Percocet. As there's been a steady rise in the addiction to these medications, health authorities say they're trying to strike a balance between medical need and the dangers of dependence. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.
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Monitoring Crucial To Real-Time Success
The Federal Government has committed $5 million to the establishment of a national real-time reporting (RTR) system for the prescription of Schedule 8 drugs, but experts advise that the scheme needs to be monitored for unintended consequences. Schedule 8 drugs are drugs of potential abuse and addiction such as opioids...
Concerns About A.D.H.D. Practices and Amphetamine Addiction
A young man’s suicide highlights issues in the diagnosis and treatment of A.D.H.D., as growing numbers of youths fake symptoms to obtain steady prescriptions for stimulants that can be dangerous.
Prescription Drug Addiction Is Now An Epidemic
The abuse of prescription drugs is currently an epidemic because doctors are treating pain differently now than in past years. Drug abuse was recently referred to as an "epidemic" in a newspaper article by a Nebraska State Patrol investigator. "Clinically, it's a very common problem," added Aly Hassan, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine. The '90s were considered to be the decade of treatment of pain, the Dr. explained. Not only was there a change in medication, but there was also a change in policy...