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Heroin Use Increases in Vermont as OxyContin Abuse Declines

Vermont officials report an increase in heroin use, as OxyContin abuse decreases, according to the Associated Press. …

Injecting Painkiller Opana Can Lead to Serious Blood Disorder, FDA Warns

Injecting the painkiller Opana ER can lead to a serious blood disorder that can result in kidney failure or death, the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. …

OxyContin Maker Works to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion

The company that manufactures OxyContin is using a variety of ways to combat the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. Purdue Pharma is monitoring drug counterfeiting and Internet distribution, analyzing pharmacy robberies and thefts, tracking the drug supply chain, and using unique tablet markings, phillyBurbs.com reports. …

Commentary: A Simple Checklist May Reduce Prescription Opiate Overdose

Simply by initiating a pre-surgical checklist comprised of the agreed-upon procedural steps, even very experienced surgical teams showed remarkable reductions in errors, untoward events, complications and deaths, says Thomas McLellan, PhD, CEO of the Treatment Research Institute. …

Physicians Ask FDA to Revise Prescription Label for Opioids

A group of doctors and public health experts has asked the Food and Drug Administration to change prescription guidelines for opioids, to prevent prescription drug abuse, according to Reuters. …

Bill Would Require Most Painkillers to Have Safeguards to Prevent Abuse

A bill to be introduced Thursday in the U.S. House would require most painkillers to have safeguards to prevent abuse, The Wall Street Journal reports. …

As OxyContin Abuse Drops, Heroin Use Increases, Study Finds

A new study finds that OxyContin abuse has decreased now that the painkiller has been reformulated to make it more difficult to misuse. Many people who abused the drug have switched to heroin, the researchers report in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. …

Opana’s Popularity Illustrates Challenge of Tackling Prescription Drug Abuse

The rise in popularity of the painkiller Opana illustrates the challenges facing law enforcement authorities, addiction specialists and pharmaceutical companies trying to tackle prescription drug abuse, USA Today reports. …

Maker of OxyContin Plans to Study the Painkiller in Children

The maker of OxyContin has announced it will study the safety of the painkiller in children, according to The Wall Street Journal. …

Maker of OxyContin Hopes to Extend Exclusive Rights to the Drug

The manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin is trying to extend its exclusive rights to the drug, which is set to go off patent in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Purdue Pharma LP says a reformulated version of the drug may substantially decrease abuse of the opioid. …