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Many People Who Often Abuse Painkillers Get Them from Doctors, Dealers

People who frequently abuse opioid painkillers are more likely to get the drugs from a doctor’s prescription or a dealer, rather than for free from family or friends, a new study finds. …

New Hampshire Sees Alarming Rise in Drug-Addicted Infants

As heroin and prescription drug abuse rises in New Hampshire, doctors are seeing more babies born addicted to opioids, a condition known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, reports the New Hampshire Union Leader. …

Use of Heroin and Prescription Painkillers Have Become Integrated, Experts Say

A growing number of people switch back and forth between prescription painkillers and heroin, experts tell The New York Times. They call prescription opiates “heroin lite.” …

Study Links Misuse of Prescription Drugs and Violence Among Dating Partners

A new study suggests a connection between misuse of prescription drugs and incidents of dating violence. …

Ohio Legislator Proposes Requiring Hospitals to Report Opioid-Dependent Newborns

A bill proposed by an Ohio legislator would require hospitals to report the number of opioid-dependent babies born each year, according to The Columbus Dispatch. …

Attorneys General Urge FDA to Require Abuse-Deterrent Versions of Painkillers

Attorneys General from 42 U.S. states and territories are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require drug companies to ensure generic prescription opioids have abuse-deterrent features. …

Some People May be Abusing Pets to Get Painkillers: Ohio Attorney General

The Ohio Attorney General’s office is investigating complaints that some people are abusing drugs prescribed for pets, or intentionally abusing animals to obtain painkillers. …

Attorneys General of 28 States Urge FDA to Reassess Zohydro Approval

The attorneys general from 28 states are asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reassess its decision to approve Zohydro ER (extended release), a pure form of the painkiller hydrocodone. Earlier this month, four U.S. senators told the FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg they disagree with the agency’s decision to approve the drug. …

About 1 Percent of Anesthesiology Residents Have Substance Use Disorder: Study

Slightly less than 1 percent of anesthesiology residents in the United States have a substance use disorder, according to a new study. The incidence of substance use has been increasing, and relapse rates are not improving, the researchers said. …

Study: People Who Abuse Prescription Opioids Prefer Oxycodone Over Hydrocodone

A study of opioid-dependent patients entering drug-treatment programs across the country finds oxycodone is the most popular prescription opioid to abuse because of the quality of the high the drug produces. …