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1 hr ago | KOMO News

Heroin deaths on the rise: 'It's here, it's big, it's hitting young adults'

More and more young people are dying of heroin overdoses in King County, and the alarming trend has experts working overtime to save lives.


Related Topix: Drugs, University of Washington, Washington, Medicine

6 hrs ago | Sentencing Law and Policy

Following the money behind sustaining pot prohibition

The Nation has this fascinating new investigative report with a headline and subheadline that highlights its themes: "The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal: Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous - but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line."


Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Medicine, Family, Kids

10 hrs ago | CBS Local

Defense Attorney: Dr. Stan Li Only Guilty Of Treating Patients' Pain

A doctor who ran a pain-management clinic in Queens was not a pill pusher, his attorney said during close arguments of the man's trial Wednesday.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Drugs, Medicine

14 hrs ago | PhysOrg Weblog

One of eight deaths among young adults related to opioid use, research finds

One of every eight deaths among young adults in Ontario is related to opioids, making the drugs a leading cause of premature death, researchers have found.


Related Topix: Drugs, Medicine

18 hrs ago | CBC News

How tiny Vermont is handling a huge heroin crisis

Raina Lowell, at her home in Montpelier, Vt., is a recovering drug addict who used painkillers, then heroin.


Related Topix: Drugs, US Governors, Peter Shumlin, Medicine, Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (generic), Prison

Tue Jul 08, 2014

KRQE Albuquerque

Home healthcare worker beats patient

The problems started earlier that day on July 25, 2013. Edwards, 62, had a new home healthcare worker who had been to the house only twice.


Related Topix: Medicine, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Globe and Mail

What to do about the shocking number of deaths from opioid addiction

Prescription pill bottle containing oxycodone and acetaminophen are shown in this June 20, 2012 photo.


Related Topix: Medicine, Tylenol, Tempra, Acetaminophen (generic), Morphine (generic), MS Contin, Kadian, Opinion

KHOU-TV Houston

Hospital pharmacist charged in theft of 200K pills

A pharmacist who oversaw a major hospital's vault of drugs stole nearly 200,000 powerful painkillers he was supposed to safeguard and dispense, narcotics prosecutors said Tuesday as they unveiled a case that makes unusual use of a state drug-kingpin law.


Related Topix: Drugs, Medicine


Froome crashes; Schleck out as Tour enters France

As Washington state readied to become only the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally without a doctor's note, lines were already forming in front of the lucky few stores that got last-minute... Washington became the second state Tuesday to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as customers eager ... (more)


Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Medicine, Washington DC

The Motley Fool

Tuesday's Top Health Care Stories: Zogenix, Philips, Siemens, and TherapeuticsMD

Shares of Zogenix, the maker of the painkiller Zohydro ER, are down nearly 9% in pre-market trading this morning after Purdue Pharma announced that its competing tamper-resistant pill had received a priority review from the FDA, indicating that it could be approved within six months.


Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Pain, Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (generic), Tylenol, Tempra, Acetaminophen (generic)

CBC News

The painkiller puzzle: How to solve a growing opioid crisis

Canada exceeds all other countries except for the U.S. in its per-capita consumption of opioids such as OxyContin and codeine.


Related Topix: Medicine, Science / Technology

Mon Jul 07, 2014

Fire Dog Lake

Prescription Opioid Makers Are Big Donors to Anti-Marijuana Groups

A fascinating article highlights many of the conflicts of interest at the heart of top anti-marijuana legalization groups in the country : The Nation obtained a confidential financial disclosure from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids showing that the group's largest donors include Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and Abbott ... (more)


Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Medicine, Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (generic)


UPDATED: Opioid deaths up despite Ontario's one-drug crackdown

A study into skyrocketing opioid deaths have found painkillers are responsible for one in eight deaths among young adults in Ontario, even as new data from the United States suggests generic oxycodone - which Ottawa approved over the objections of both premiers and addiction experts - is being smuggled south across the border, reaching as far as ... (more)


Related Topix: Drugs, Ontario (Ontario, CA), Medicine, Epidemic, Natural Disasters


Researchers sound warning on opioid-related deaths

The number of lives lost to opioid overdoses is increasing rapidly, according to a new Ontario study - and the bulk of the deaths are clustered among the young.


Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Pain, Canada, Pharmacology, Drugs, Dilaudid, Hydromorphone (generic)


UPDATE 1-BioDelivery, Endo painkiller effective in study

Endo International Plc and BioDelivery Sciences International Inc said their experimental pain drug was found effective in a second late-stage trial.


Related Topix: Drugs, Medicine, Health, Pain, Chronic Pain, Morphine (generic), MS Contin, Kadian, Duragesic, Fentanyl (generic)

Brandon Sun

Canadian pills allegedly travelling long distance, onto market in southern U.S.

The ongoing availability in Canada of an abuse-prone pharmaceutical may be having a spillover effect far beyond its borders.


Related Topix: Medicine, Drugs


Deaths from opioid overdoses have risen dramatically, Ontario study finds

The rate of fatal overdoses from opioids such as oxycodone and morphine has soared over the last 20 years as prescriptions for the addictive and highly potent painkillers have continued to rise, an Ontario study has found.


Related Topix: Medicine, Morphine (generic), MS Contin, Kadian, Health, Pain

CBC News

OxyContin and other opioids tied to 1 in 8 deaths in young adults, Ontario study shows

Use of opioids such as OxyContin and codeine is a leading cause of death in young adults, say researchers in Ontario who reviewed coroner reports from a period of nearly 20 years.


Related Topix: Drugs, Science / Technology

Sun Jul 06, 2014

The Globe and Mail

New opioid standards to tackle widespread, serious abuse in Canada

In a bid to curb Canada's widespread prescription-drug abuse problem, Ottawa is moving to force the makers of all opioids - not just the well-known painkiller oxycodone - to render their products resistant to crushing, snorting or injecting for a quick high.


Related Topix: Medicine, Drugs


Prescription opioids kill about 300 people yearly

Opioids are narcotic drugs, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, typically used for pain relief and contain a synthetic form of opium, the core ingredient in heroin.


Related Topix: Drugs, Percocet, Acetaminophen/Oxycodone (generic), Medicine, Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (generic), Health, Pain, Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse)