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Sun Aug 31, 2014
The Motley Fool
Is Medical Marijuana the Answer to Lowering Healthcare Costs?
Comparatively speaking the United States has the highest healthcare costs of all 34 countries in the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development.
Fri Aug 29, 2014
KLAS-TV Las Vegas
New rules could keep pain pills out of hands of addicts
Nevada has the fourth highest rate of prescription drug overdose deaths in the country, according to a study by Trust for America's Health.
Addiction Fear Keeps Many Cancer Patients in Pain: Study
Fears of opioid abuse and addiction might be keeping patients with advanced cancer from getting enough pain medicine, researchers say.
Thu Aug 28, 2014
DEA Increases Restrictions on Prescription Painkillers
Getting some painkillers at your local pharmacy will soon get a little more difficult.
Wed Aug 27, 2014
Tighter reins on hydrocodone a big step forward
On Aug. 21, the Drug Enforcement Administration increased restrictions on the prescription of hydrocodone, the most common form of painkiller in the country.
Erin Marie Daly charts opiates-to-heroin path with book, website
Erin Marie Daly: 7 p.m. Thursday. Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland.
Don't Waste Your Money: Pain pills could be deadly
Prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin can make days bearable if you're suffering, but they can be as addictive as heroin and just as deadly.
Prescription abuse, heroin use on the rise
According to the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, unintentional poisoning deaths in the state have risen 300 percent since 1999.
Too Late to Wean America Off Vicodin?
The DEA's newest regulations target hydrocodone, an ingredient in America's most prescribed drug: Vicodin.
In a major policy shift that affects tens of millions of patients, the federal government is tightening rules for prescribing the nation's most common painkillers.
Tue Aug 26, 2014
Study: Medical Marijuana May Reduce Painkiller-Related Deaths
Researchers looked at death rates caused by overdoses of opioid painkillers, like OxyContin or Vicodin, between 1999 and 2010 using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Coal Valley News
New stricter rules for painkiller prescriptions
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officially announced the final rule to reschedule hydrocodone-combination drugs, which are found in highly addictive painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab, from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance.
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.
Mon Aug 25, 2014
Research shows 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.
From plant to pill: Bioengineers aim to produce opium-based medicines without using poppies
Stanford bioengineer Christina Smolke , PhD, and her team have been on a decade long mission to replicate how nature produces opium in poppies by genetically engineering the DNA of yeast and then further refining the process to manufacture modern day opioid drugs such as morphine, codeine and the well-known painkiller Vicodin.
Press & Sun-Bulletin
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.
Penn Study Shows 25 Percent Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths in States Allowing Medical Marijuana
Philadelphia - On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws.
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.
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.