The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has alerted U.S. law enforcement to prepare for a potential influx of painkillers from Canada, which has given approval to six generic drug companies to manufacture oxycodone products.
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As Kentucky begins to see results from its crackdown on prescription drug abuse, officials report a rise in heroin use.
The number of NFL players who are testing positive for amphetamines such as Adderall has increased, according to the Associated Press.
The Drug Enforcement Administration announced it is investigating three Walgreens pharmacies in Florida because of concerns over possible prescription drug diversion.
The Canadian government has given approval to six generic drug companies to manufacture oxycodone products. The Canadian health minister had been under pressure to forbid the generic version of OxyContin because of concerns about widespread abuse of the painkiller.
A law signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie bans health care facilities from improperly disposing of prescription medications, by discharging them into public sewer or septic systems.
Vermont officials report an increase in heroin use, as OxyContin abuse decreases, according to the Associated Press.
Shipping companies FedEx and UPS say they are targets of a federal investigation related to their dealings with online pharmacies, ABC News reports. The probe is part of an international effort to reduce prescription drug abuse.
Painkiller abuse is the biggest emerging substance abuse threat in Iowa, according to a report by the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy.
A small number of doctors are linked to a large percentage of prescription drug-related deaths in Southern California, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.