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The woman who showed up in the emergency room of Boston Medical Center with a life-threatening apparent overdose of painkillers was contrite. She promised to follow a plan to ease her pain with medications that did not contain opioids, the principal ingredient of prescription drugs including oxycodone and fentanyl whose vast increase in use has led to an epidemic of overdoses.
Amy joined the KKCO 11 News Team in August and is ecstatic to have the chance to embark on her career as a reporter, a job she's known she's wanted since she was ten years old. Prescription drugs are sending thousands of children to the hospital every year, but there are ways parents can prevent accidental overdoses from happening in their homes.
When kids under age six are hospitalized for accidentally taking prescription medications, in many cases they've gotten hold of narcotic painkillers and benzodiazepine sedatives, according to a new study. "All medications should be kept out of the reach and sight of young children," said lead author Maribeth C. Lovegrove of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A U.S. government report reveals that thousands of annual emergency room visits among young children stem from accidental ingestion of prescription medication. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed medical data between 2007 and 2011 and found that more than 9,000 U.S. children younger than the age of six went to the hospital after an accidental overdose.
A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds. Each year between 2007 and 2011, about 9,500 U.S. children younger than 6 years were hospitalized after getting a hold of family members' medication, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
State officials are hoping a new public health initiative to track the distribution and sale of highly addictive prescription drugs in Maryland can help reduce the number of people who abuse such medications. The initiative, inspired by a program originally developed in Kentucky 15 years ago, has led to a drastic drop in prescription drug abuse there, and it has the potential to become an important element in Maryland's overall effort to reduce overdose deaths from both legal and illegal drugs.
In Canada, second highest opioid user in the world, high-dose opioid prescriptions increased by 23 percent between 2006 and 2011. Here's a simple, if arresting, fact: The United States and Canada have the highest rates of prescription opioid use in the world.
Many Americans would argue that the U.S. is the greatest nation on Earth, a beacon of freedom and hope for the rest of the world to emulate. But when it comes to mental and physical quality of life here in the States, America appears to rank near the bottom, as evidenced by the nation's massive and growing addiction to pharmaceutical drugs and painkillers.
The man accused of killing pharmacist David Kilgore in April has given his first public account of the events that unfolded at the Oceanfront store, admitting in a jailhouse interview with The Pilot that he fired a gun inside the pharmacy, robbed a second nearby pharmacy and led police on a crosstown chase while shooting at them. Walter Lane Hubbard is charged with first-degree murder in Kilgore's death.
Between the late 1990a 2s and 2010 sales of narcotic pain medicines quadrupled in the United States. Hydrocodone use increased by 280%, methadone by 1300%, and oxycodone by 900%.
Ocean Twp. doc license suspended over drug charges Dr. Paul m. DiLorenzo recently pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a case involving accusations of oxycodone distribution.
Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain lasting more than six months, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine.
A Licensed Practical Nurse formerly employed by Northeast Center for Special Care in the Town of Ulster has been arrested for allegedly stealing oxycodone pills from a resident's prescription for her personal use.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 04:32 am
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