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4 hrs ago | KLIQ-FM Hastings

Prescription Drug Deaths Continue to Rise

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says deaths from opioid prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2011. According to CDC data, there were 4,263 deaths linked to opioid drugs in 1999.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (generic), Health, Pain

Tue Sep 16, 2014

KHGI

Andrew Casterline's Mother Takes the Stand in Murder Trial

The murder trial for Andrew Casterline continued on Tuesday as doctors and Andrew's mother took the stand. Andrew is accused of stabbing a Guide Rock woman to death last October.

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Related Topix: Guide Rock, NE, Medicine

HON

Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC

The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Deaths from overdoses of drugs such as hydrocodone , morphine and oxycodone climbed from 1.4 per 100,000 people to 5.4 per 100,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morphine (generic), MS Contin, Kadian, Medicine, Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (generic), Biotech, Healthcare Industry

Time

Cities Ask the Federal Government to Fight Painkiller Deaths

Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont. On the heels of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on Tuesday, a coalition of big city health officials traveled to Capitol Hill to ask for federal action to help cities reduce overdose deaths caused by prescription painkillers and heroin.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Control Group, Medicine, Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (generic), Health, Pain

Capital Weekly

Pharmacy robberies on the rise in the Midcoast

Since September 2010, there have been six pharmacy robberies in Knox County, an increase that follows similar trends across the state and nation. On Sept.

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Related Topix: Knox County, ME, Owls Head, ME, Rockport, ME, Medicine

Time

Stopping America's Hidden Overdose Crisis

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.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Pain, Drugs, Duragesic, Fentanyl (generic), Epidemic, Natural Disasters

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

(BALTIMORE) Pain Clinic Owners and Medical Directors Indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted the three owners and two medical directors of Healthy Life Medical Group, a purported pain management clinic, on drug conspiracy and other charges. The indictment was returned on September 3, 2014, and unsealed upon the arrest of the defendants.

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Related Topix: Pikesville, MD, Drug Enforcement Administration, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Prison, Medicine

Mon Sep 15, 2014

KKCO-TV Grand Junction

Family prescription drugs pose serious risk to children

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.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Mesa County, CO

Reuters

Painkillers, sedatives biggest threat when kids get into medicine chest

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.

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Related Topix: Family, Kids, Medicine, Dilaudid, Hydromorphone (generic), Anxiety, Health, Xanax, Alprazolam (generic), Valium, Valrelease, Diazepam (generic)

ThinkProgress

Accidental Prescription Pill Overdoses Are Sending Thousands Of Kids To The Hospital

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.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Percocet, Acetaminophen/Oxycodone (generic), Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (generic), Hypertension, Health, Pain

WMDT

Small number of drugs behind kids' accidental poisonings

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.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Family, Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, ADHD, Health

Fort Francis Times

Prescriptions for high-dose opioids on rise in Canada, study finds

Prescriptions for high-dose formulations of opioids like oxycodone and morphine jumped significantly in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite guidelines advising doctors against giving such elevated doses to most patients, a study has found. Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found the rate of high-dose opioid dispensing across Canada increased 23 per cent during the six-year study, from 781 units per 1,000 people in 2006 to 961 units in 2011.

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

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Island Gazette Newspaper Online

Chronic Pain and Painkillers: Why You Should Consider Alternatives...

Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain lasting more than six months, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Pain, Percocet, Acetaminophen/Oxycodone (generic), Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (generic), Naturopathy, Recreational Vehicle, Bison

Sat Sep 13, 2014

PR-inside.com

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Related Topix: Medicine, Medical Equipment, Viasys Healthcare, Healthcare Industry, Metformin (generic), Glucophage, Diabetes, Health, Pain

Fri Sep 12, 2014

The Baltimore Sun

Hooked on pills [Editorial]

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.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Percocet, Acetaminophen/Oxycodone (generic), Medicine, Opinion

Medical Daily

Oxycodone And Morphine Popular In Canada Where Opioid Prescriptions Have Spiked In Some Provinces

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.

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

CBC News

High-dose opioid painkillers still prescribed at high rates in Canada

Purdue Pharma executives pled guilty to misbranding OxyContin pills, but it's difficult to counteract marketing messages from the time, a family doctor says. Many Canadians are prescribed high-dose painkillers such as OxyContin and morphine that are among the most dangerous pills, say researchers who found differences between dispensing between provinces.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Marketing, Morphine (generic), MS Contin, Kadian, Canada, Duragesic, Fentanyl (generic), Science / Technology

Thu Sep 11, 2014

NewsTarget.com

America consumes 80 percent of all prescription painkillers sold globally

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.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Virginian-Pilot

Defendant in Beach pharmacist's death says he meant to scare him

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.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Medicine

Kevin, M.D.

Don't become your kids' drug dealers

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%.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Family, Kids, Medicine, Health, Pain, Methadone, ADHD

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