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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. …

Report Recommends Florida Share Prescription Drug Data With Other States

Florida’s Department of Health is recommending that the state share information from its new database that tracks prescription pain medicine with other states. …

More Opioids Purchased Online as “Pill Mills” Close in Florida

As “pill mills” close in Florida due to increased law enforcement, the sale of opioids is booming online, according to the Palm Beach Post. …

CVS Says it Will Not Fill Prescriptions for Some Opioids in Florida

CVS has sent letters to some physicians in Florida informing them the pharmacy chain will not fill prescriptions they write for oxycodone and other Schedule II narcotic drugs, Reuters reports. …

Number of Newborns Exposed to Prescription Painkillers Increasing

The number of newborn babies exposed to prescription painkillers is on the rise, USA Today reports. …

Old Version of OxyContin That is Easier to Abuse is Smuggled in From Canada

OxyContin is being smuggled into the United States from Canada, because the Canadian version of the drug is easier to abuse, according to The Globe and Mail. …

Primary Care Doctors Grapple With Treating Pain as Prescription Drug Abuse Grows

Some pain experts say doctors not adequately educated about opioids are contributing to the problem of prescription drug abuse by overprescribing the drugs. …

In Britain, Painkillers Are More Difficult to Obtain Than in the United States

Painkillers are more difficult to obtain in Britain compared with the United States, according to the Associated Press. …

Prescription Opioid Addiction Can Be Treated with Suboxone, Study Shows

The first large-scale study of treatment for addiction to prescription opioids finds the drug Suboxone (buprenorphine plus naloxone) can be an effective therapy. The study found adding intensive counseling for opioid dependence was not helpful, however. …

Number of Prescription Painkiller Deaths More Than Tripled in Last 10 Years

The number of Americans who died from overdoses of prescription painkillers more than tripled in the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More people now die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined. …