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Pediatrics Group Releases Updated Guidelines on Neonatal Drug Withdrawal

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for doctors and hospitals on how they can identify and monitor infants exposed to opioids and other drugs of addiction. …

Occasional “Hard” Drug Use in Middle Age Linked With Increased Risk of Death

Adults who continue occasional “hard” drug use into middle age are at increased risk of premature death, a new study suggests. …

Army Study Indicates Rise in Domestic Violence-Related Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse related to domestic violence is an increasing problem in the U.S. Army, according to a new study that also found the suicide rate among active-duty soldiers reached an all-time high last year. …

Florida Doctor Sues CVS for Not Filling His Prescriptions

A Florida doctor has sued CVS for not filling his prescriptions, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Late last year, the company sent letters to a small number of doctors in Florida telling them it would no longer fill prescriptions they wrote for oxycodone and other Schedule II narcotic drugs. …

Prescription Drug Abuse Results in One Death Every 19 Minutes in U.S.

One person dies every 19 minutes from prescription drug abuse in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …

Robbers Seeking Opioids and Other Drugs Rattle Pharmacists

Pharmacists on Long Island, New York, and elsewhere throughout the country, are rattled by several recent drug robberies by criminals wielding guns that turned deadly. …

Drug Maker Recalls Some OTC Drugs to Avoid Mix-Up with Opioids Made at Same Plant

The drug maker Novartis is recalling 1,645 lots of certain over-the-counter medication, including Excedrin and Gas-X, because the products could potentially contain stray capsules or caplets from other products. Prescription opioids including Opana, Percocet, and an extended-release version of morphine tablets were made at the same plant. …

200 Million People Worldwide Use Illegal Drugs, Study Says

An estimated 200 million people worldwide use illegal drugs, according to a new study. The health consequences of this use are wide-ranging. …

Drug Companies Developing More Powerful Version of Hydrocodone

Four drug companies are developing a more powerful version of the painkiller hydrocodone. One group dedicated to fighting prescription drug abuse is concerned this new drug has a large potential for abuse. …

New York Mayor Launches Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is launching a task force to fight the growing prescription drug abuse epidemic in the city, after officials identified 21 pharmacies that account for about one-fourth of the city’s oxycodone Medicaid reimbursements. …