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Florida Sees Drop in Deaths Caused by Prescription Drugs

The number of prescription drug-related deaths decreased in Florida in 2011, according to a new report. Deaths related to oxycodone decreased more than 17 percent, according to The Miami Herald. …

Doctors’ Concerns Over Patient Ratings May Play Role in Opioid Prescriptions

Doctors’ concerns about receiving negative reviews on consumer ratings websites may influence their decision to write opioid prescriptions for patients who request them, according to an opinion piece in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. …

Doctor Visits for Drug or Alcohol Use Increased 70% Between 2001 and 2009

The number of doctor visits for substance use disorders increased 70 percent among American adults between 2001 and 2009, according to a new study. The increase appears to be driven in large part by prescription drug abuse, the researchers said. …

Few Doctors and Pharmacies Checking Colorado Prescription Monitoring System

Doctors and pharmacies in Colorado check the state’s prescription drug monitoring database only 10 to 15 percent of the time before dispensing opioids, according to a local Drug Enforcement Administration official. …

DEA Focuses on Drug Distributors in Fight Against Painkiller Abuse

The Drug Enforcement Administration is focusing on drug distributors in an effort to fight prescription painkiller abuse, The New York Times reports. In the past, the agency has tried tactics including arresting doctors and closing pharmacies. …

Teens, Young Adults Driving Prescription Drug Abuse Increase, Study Finds

Teenagers and young adults are abusing prescription painkillers at a rate 40 percent higher than what would be expected for their age group, a new study finds. …

Florida Needs More Resources to Help Babies Exposed to Opioids, Experts Say

Florida needs more resources to help the many newborns exposed to opioids, experts told a statewide task force. They said the number of such babies far exceeds the number of treatment beds available for mothers addicted to prescription drugs, and their newborns. …

Federal Law Doubles Sentences for Pharmacy Robberies

President Obama signed into law a measure that doubles sentences for pharmacy robberies, to 20 years, the Daily News reports. …

Government Launches Online Program to Help Doctors Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

The Office of National Drug Control Policy has launched a new online training program to help doctors prescribe opioids more safely and effectively. The program’s goal is to reduce prescription drug abuse, The Boston Globe reports. …

Government to Decide if Nurse Anesthetists Can be Reimbursed for Treating Pain

The federal government will decide within the next month whether nurse anesthetists can be reimbursed by Medicare for treating chronic pain, The Wall Street Journal reports. Some doctors say such a move could complicate the fight against prescription drug abuse. …