2 hrs ago
The Daily Beast
Too Late to Wean America Off Vicodin? By Russell Saunders
The DEA's newest regulations target hydrocodone, an ingredient in America's most prescribed drug: Vicodin.
4 hrs ago
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Guilty plea for prescription-selling doctor
William Joseph Watson pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute oxycodone, known by the brand name of OxyContin.
Tue Aug 26, 2014
Drugmakers Seek to Disqualify Counsel in Opioid Lawsuit
Purdue Pharma L.P. and two affiliated companies are seeking to disqualify a former District of Columbia attorney general from representing the city of Chicago in its lawsuit against several drugmakers for allegedly seeking to misinform the public about the risks and benefits of opium-like pain medications.
Local Cops, Firefighters, EMTs to Be Honored for Life-Saving Heroics
Governor Lincoln Chafee and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will honor 15 Rhode Island police, firefighters, and EMTs next week for their life-saving heroics.
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Can Help Prevent People From Overdosing On Painkillers
A recent study confirms what medical marijuana advocates have long tried to argue: the cannabis plant can serve as a less addictive alternative to prescription painkillers.
Adam's story: When prescription drugs are deadly
The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.
Modified yeast makes opiates for the first time
Severe pain? Reach for the yeast. Genetically engineered yeasts can now efficiently produce a range of opiates, including morphine and oxycodone.
Mon Aug 25, 2014
25 percent fewer opioid-related deaths in states allowing medical marijuana
On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws.
Medical Marijuana May Reduce Painkiller-Related Deaths
In states where medical marijuana is legal, the rates of deaths caused by painkiller overdoses are lower than in states where medical marijuana is illegal, a new study has found.
Study: Medical pot might reduce drug overdose deaths
Access to medical marijuana appears to have saved thousands of lives over the past few years by reducing accidental overdose deaths from drugs like Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin, a new study says.
New Cumberland doctor accused of illegally prescribing Oxycodone in...
David A. Wait, 55, was arrested Friday amid allegations that he accepted money in exchange for writing illegal Oxycodone prescriptions.
Pharmacists object to further restrictions for hydrocodone combination products
Hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin will now be in the same, more-restrictive category as OxyContin and fentanyl under the Controlled Substances Act, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday.y. The rule, which takes effect in 45 days, quickly drew criticism from pharmacist groups serving long-term care residents.
A Better Way to Approach Pain, and America's Pain-Pill Epidemic
You may have noticed headlines about the rise of prescription drugs as a major cause of addiction and death by overdose.
Sun Aug 24, 2014
Stanford bioengineers close to brewing opioid painkillers without using opium from poppies
A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to re-programming yeast cells to make palliative medicines in stainless steel vats Stanford Bioengineer Christina Smolke has been on a decade-long quest to genetically alter yeast so they can "brew " opioid medicines in stainless steel vats, eliminating the need to raise poppies... For centuries ... (more)
Sat Aug 23, 2014
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Doctors as dealers: Australia's opioid habit
In the last few years prescriptions of opioids for chronic pain have skyrocketed creating a new wave of drug addicts.
Fri Aug 22, 2014
Pharmacy break-in leads to multi-state drug thefts case, police say
Attalla Police Chief Investigator Doug Jordan said the theft, which took place at 1:20 a.m., came after someone threw a rock through a window at Rick's Pharmacy on Third Street South.
Northern Wisconsin couple going to prison
MADISON - A northern Wisconsin couple was sentenced to federal prison Friday for possessing and distributing the drug oxycodone, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said.
Thu Aug 21, 2014
Heroin in the suburbs: An American epidemic
How could one little pill, legally prescribed to millions of people, be a dangerous way to have a good time? Mike Duggan remembers those words.
U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is going ahead with tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States.
4. New restrictions on hydrocodone to take ...
The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and other generic versions will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine ... (more)