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Independent Pharmacies Seek Greater Role in Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

As the Drug Enforcement Administration gears up for another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the group representing independent pharmacists, says its members are eager to help their communities get rid of unwanted or expired drugs year-round.

FDA Panel Votes to Recommend Against Approving Morphine-Oxycodone Opioid

An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration voted Tuesday against approving a combination morphine-oxycodone painkiller, NPR reports. The drug, Moxduo, would be the first medication to combine both opioids in one capsule.

Insurers Should Use Prescription Monitoring Databases to Reduce Overdoses: Report

Health insurers should use state prescription monitoring databases to reduce overdoses from abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs, according to a new report.

Those in Recovery Should Speak Out, Give Hope to Others: Drug Policy Official

People in recovery from substance abuse should speak out and give hope to others in similar situations, according to the Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Music Festival Organizers Plan Greater Security to Prevent Drug-Related Deaths

Organizers of the Electric Zoo music festival say they are planning tighter security this year, after two drug-related deaths occurred at last summer’s event.

Approval of Powdered Alcohol Labels was a Mistake, Government Agency Says

The approval of labels for a powdered alcohol product called “Palcohol” was a mistake, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau said Monday. Palcohol gained widespread publicity in recent days after it was reported the government agency approved the labels.

Children Often Prescribed Potentially Dangerous Codeine in the ER: Study

Children treated in the emergency room for pain or coughs are often prescribed codeine, a potentially dangerous opioid, a new study finds.

New Clemency Rules Aimed at Inmates Serving Time for Nonviolent Drug Offenses

The Justice Department on Monday announced new clemency criteria, aimed at inmates who are serving time for nonviolent drug offenses. The goal is to reduce the nation’s federal prison population, the Associated Press reports.

Poll Finds Marijuana is Only Drug Majority of Americans Wants Legalized

A new poll finds while a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, most do not favor legalizing other drugs, such as cocaine or heroin.

Surge in Heroin and Prescription Opioid Use Has Deadly Consequences, Police Say

The surge in the use of heroin and prescription opioids is resulting in more deaths than violent crimes and car crashes in many communities, law enforcement officials said this week. They met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the problem and possible solutions.

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