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DEA Proposes New Regulations to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration has proposed new regulations to give the public more options for disposing of unwanted prescription drugs, such as painkillers and sedatives. …

Drug Companies Want Ban on Generic Painkillers, Arguing Safety is at Stake

Drug companies that manufacture the painkillers OxyContin and Opana are trying to block generic drug makers’ efforts to produce cheaper versions of the drugs. They argue these newer drugs will not have the tamper-resistant designs used in making the brand-name pills, according to The New York Times. …

Treatment Rate Jumps for Addiction to Benzodiazepines and Narcotic Pain Relievers

Treatment admissions for people addicted to both benzodiazepines and narcotic pain relievers jumped 569.7 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to a new government report. Overall, substance abuse treatment admissions increased 4 percent over the same period. …

Florida Panel to Propose Steps to Reduce Number of Babies Exposed to Opioids

A task force of doctors, legislators and public health advocates in Florida are set to make recommendations to reduce the number of newborns exposed to opioids. …

Maryland’s Heroin Deaths Increase as Prescription Drug Abuse Declines

The number of people in Maryland who have switched from abusing prescription drugs to heroin is on the rise, resulting in an increase in heroin-related deaths, according to The Baltimore Sun. …

Kentucky Law Uncovers Dentists Who Prescribe Opioids to Those Who Abuse Them

A Kentucky law that requires anyone writing a prescription for a controlled substance to check the state drug monitoring database has led to the discovery that some people addicted to opioids are targeting dentists. …

FDA Panel Votes Against Recommending Zohydro for Approval

A panel of experts assembled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted against recommending approval of the painkiller Zohydro ER on Friday. The panel cited concerns over the potential for addiction. …

Opioid Overdose Treatment and Prevention: Often Overlooked at Community Level

While many programs aimed at prescription drug abuse focus on how to stop diversion of medications, an often overlooked but critical issue is preventing and treating opioid overdoses, according to a Brown University researcher. …

Kentucky Finds Heroin on the Rise as Prescription Drug Abuse Declines

As Kentucky begins to see results from its crackdown on prescription drug abuse, officials report a rise in heroin use. …

DEA Investigating Three Walgreens Pharmacies in Drug Diversion Case

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced it is investigating three Walgreens pharmacies in Florida because of concerns over possible prescription drug diversion. …