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Veterans Face Dangerous Combination of Painkillers and PTSD

Many of the more than two million veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from both pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. Often they are treated with opioid painkillers, which can be a dangerous mix with mental illness because of the risk of addiction, The Wall Street Journal reports. …

Addiction Treatment Experts Await Details of Parity Rules

Addiction and mental health treatment experts say they are hopeful new rules issued by the federal government that require parity between treatment for mental and physical illness will greatly expand access to care. They say a critical component of the rules’ success will be the criteria insurers use to include patients for addiction and mental health coverage. …

Changes by Makers of Cold and Cough Medicines Reduced Children’s ER Visits

Changes made by makers of cold and cough medicines in 2007 have resulted in a significant decrease in visits by infants and toddlers to hospital emergency rooms due to these medicines, according to a new study. …

Some OxyElite Pro Dietary Supplements Recalled; Linked to Liver Illness Outbreak

The maker of the dietary supplement OxyElite Pro is recalling some of its products, which have been linked to an outbreak of liver illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration said Saturday. …

Parity Rules for Addiction and Mental Health Treatment to be Issued Today

Rules that will require health insurers to provide coverage for addiction and mental health that is equal to benefits for general medical coverage will be issued Friday by the Obama administration, The New York Times reports. …

324 Tons of Expired and Unwanted Medications Turned in on Drug Take-Back Day

Americans turned in 647,211 pounds, or 324 tons, of expired and unwanted medications for safe and proper disposal during the most recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26. The event was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration. …

Training Course Designed to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse Shows Early Promise

An online training program designed to reduce prescription drug abuse shows promise in early results, HealthCanal reports. …

Companies Reviewing Smoking Policies in Light of E-Cigarettes

Employers are reconsidering smoking bans in light of the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, Bloomberg reports. …

New Online Marketplace for Illegal Drugs Opens Despite Recent Silk Road Shutdown

A new online marketplace that sells illegal drugs opened Wednesday, Reuters reports. It is called Silk Road, the same name as the Internet marketplace for illegal drugs that was shut down last month by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. …